Category: music journalism

Venting With Vengeance From The Bowels Of The River City: Louisville Music Scene


By: Donnie Hardin

A couple of months ago when I started this site, on a whim, just so that I had a platform to post my interview with an incredible vocal talent, and friend of mine from a band that has been there and done that, in Louisville and beyond… touring on Ozzfest, having videos on MTV (When they showed music videos),  snippets of one of their songs on a rock icons episode of ‘MTV Cribs’, a song on the soundtrack of a major motion picture… by far the most relevant hard rock/metal band I’ve known from my native land.

Anyway, as good friends of mine and an amazing band, who have come back with mind boggling focus, determination, and a family of long time loyal fans, I am very grateful it was them that helped me get this thing up and going so that I have made an attempt to build as a legit, amateur, non-profit music news website (eh.. I mean broke ass hack needing a thesaurus, who just loves music and rambling on about what I like to ramble about). So obviously I have shown a lot of support, as they more than deserve, posting links around to my other “friends” and music veterans of the same music scene.

I get a message from a well-respected guitarist from a great Louisville band who did some big things in the 1990’s. Badasses. Loved the original vocalist. It was a flyer for his current bands tour of a few midwest region gigs and so and so’s dive bar down in the cut, or wherever. So, I posted the flyer on the Facebook page, showing a local band some support, as if it is a brotherhood. I am not a fan of the band, but I get what they do, It’s just not my thing. It’s all about supporting my peers, as an ex-vocalist in the scene, those who you had played amongst and loved jamming to in the past, it’s the right thing to do. I’m not going to just come out and say, “Yeah you kicked ass back in the day, I’m just not a big fan of your current band.” I’m not that guy.

Well, apparently I had posted a link to an interview I did with the band I had been supporting, all from Louisville and whom I assumed were friends, being that they are all friends on Facebook and local longtime veteran good guitar player didn’t like it. “Man, I’m just not into that Limp Bizkit type shit.” Which is odd because this very moment is the first time I have even mentioned that band on here. He then added, totally unprompted I might add, “(so and so) from (the first band I mentioned) Is a total poser.”

Obviously he didn’t approve of me speaking so highly of this highly regarded amazing musician and even better man, a remarkable human being all the way around and felt compelled to let me know. How fucking lame. Metal elitists bullshit. I was livid but didn’t respond with much, “I like who I like and I support who I support.” He replied with a thumbs up, but basically he was calling me out for supporting these fictional “Limp Bizkit type bands”.

So I am not going to name names, that is not the point. The point is that it is completely assinine to go and talk shit about so and so from another local band to a guy who is just fiddling around with dreams to be a journalist. All respect lost. I will never mention his bands name ever again unless it’s to say they need a new singer. But negativity and jealousy isn’t my thing, I will leave it to those arrogant, struggling, underground elitists twats. There is a reason you are underground, way underground and the other band is not. You.


Diary of a Madman VS. Shout at the Devil (Click Article To Vote)


Which is your favorite album? Ozzy Osbourne’s DIARY OF A MADMAN, or Motley Crue’s SHOUT AT THE DEVIL?  VOTE BELOW!


EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS To Release Video For ‘CHANGE’ Single On April 27th; Will Re-Release Album With 9 Bonus Tracks


On April 27th : Emperors And Elephants will release a brand new music video for their single “Change” off of the Devil In The Lake album. On May 5th  the band will re-release the  with 9 bonus tracks that will include acoustic takes and demos of the songs you may already know.

Emperors And Elephants have been touring steadily since the release of  Devil In The Lake, and will continue to tour throughout 2015 including playing Rock Fest 2015 in Cadott, WI on July 18th.

For more information about Emperors And Elephants


By: Frank Webb
      In my years as a metal deejay, no band had a deeper impact on my personal and professional life than Pantera. They were the Rock of Gibraltar on my radio show ‘The Metal Pit’. No band, not even Metallica, who I played a lot in the early years because rock radio hadn’t discovered anything yet except the ‘Black Album’ and “One,” got the audience more fired up than Pantera. The phones would light up whenever I put a track on, and back then, I could play anything, even “Fucking Hostile” and the infamous “Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills“. Yes, Pantera was my number one band. And then, they became so much more.
        I actually met Pantera before I came to Louisville, back in 1991, when I worked at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco for Bill Graham Presents. I knew who they were when they played their first show in the Bay Area behind “Cowboys From Hell“, but I hadn’t really listened to them. They hadn’t really hit the local metal scene, who were mostly into their own thrash legends, like Testament, Exodus, Violence, Death Angel, and of course, the heroes of the day, (ouch)…Metallica.
I was early for work that day as Art Abuse, the security manager at The Warfield, enlisted me to help with the load in. Later, when the heavy lifting was done and everyone prepared for sound check, I stood in the main aisle and it was there that I met Darrell Abbott for the first time.
In another episode, I will go into my eventual close friendship with Dime, but, for now, he’s just this young guy who walks by me, stops, and says in his Texas drawl, “This sure is a beautiful theater.” We had a brief conversation as I told him about how The Warfield had been built in the ’20s by Loew’s and how much I loved the place. He told me that it was his first time in San Francisco and how excited he was to be playing in front of real metal fans. I gave him a little encouragement, he thanked me, told me he had to go do sound check, and said “Nice meeting you, sir.” I told him that I was no sir, exchanged smiles and nods, and we both went about our business. I walked away thinking that he was a pretty nice guy, then watched him and the band rip it up at sound check, then later that night in front of a raucous audience with a mean ass mosh pit. I was a fan from that day.
          About 3 years later, sitting behind the mic as a DJ, doing my first episodes of The Metal Pit, I found out quickly just how popular Pantera was in Louisville and I gleefully played the shit out of them. The band and record company realized before long that I was their ally and when they started their “Vulgar Display of Power” tour, I was all of a sudden a VIP, which meant access to interviews and, most importantly, an invitation to share in an endless parade of left-handed cigarettes being passed around and washed down with massive doses of Crown Royal.
          As the years went by, there were so many great shows and memories, from passing a joint onstage with Phil Anselmo while he sat on the edge and sang “Planet Caravan” to Ozzfest, to when they were on the bill for the Black Sabbath reunion show on New Years 1998 in Phoenix with Slayer, Megadeth, and Soulfly.
             I guess that the show that I remember more than any other (Crown Royal makes you forget a lot of shit) is the last time that I saw Pantera. It was 2000, the “Reinventing The Steel” tour at Freedom Hall. Dime arranged for me and my friend Tom Vickery, aka Metallica Tom, to actually sit onstage during the show and, during the encore, they set up a microphone and we sang “Walk” and “This Love” with the band. Mikey Doling, who played in Snot and who was in Soulfly at the time, also joined in. Afterward, more Crown Royal and a late night trip, with 2 tour buses parked right on Preston Highway, to The Godfather, because Vinnie Paul said “Let’s all go to a titty bar“. I don’t know that I’ve ever been drunker without being violently sick.pantera-dimebag090
A few years later while in Damageplan, Dime and Vinnie did our morning show on The Fox and told the story of that night and my involvement in the debauchery. Dime said that I had drunk so much, that I had turned from Black Frank to White Frank. That totally cracked everyone up and that will always be my most lasting memory of Pantera.
           The years have passed, the band broke up. There were hard feelings, there were the other bands and, of course that horrible night in Columbus in 2004. I have spoken to Vinnie Paul a couple of times with Hellyeah. He isn’t the same, much more guarded. I recently saw Kill Devil Hill and reconnected with Rex Brown (Pantera bassist) and, a couple of years ago, I talked about boxing with Phil after a Down show at Expo Five.
           It’s all just memories now, and the music that’s embedded in my soul. I’ll tell you this, though. Pantera is the number one band in the history of metal radio in Louisville, Kentucky.  In spite of everything that’s come along since, they still are.

Frank Webb aka ‘BLACK FRANK’