The weekend of March 17 saw 3 days of heavy competition over at Club 13 with dozens of Metal bands competing for the privilege to represent China at this year’s Wacken festival in Germany (see JTDJ’s Post). I believe Yaksa is already pretty much confirmed along with one or two other bands but that will be a post for another day. Let’s look at the finalist that will compete on April 1st: Long Way 远途（Heavy Metal） The Falling 堕天（Deathcore） http://site.douban.com/duotian/ Evilthorn 恶刺（Black-Death Metal） http://weibo.com/evilthorn Never Before（Stoner Metal） http://site.douban.com/neverbeforeband/ Ready To Die（Old School Death Metal） http://site.douban.com/ReadyToDie/ Some interesting names on there! I didn’t expect to see Never Before as they’re young to the scene but they were quite polished when i saw them opening for Bad Mamasan at Temple. It’s an interesting and diverse lineup competing for that spot and I hope the bands can actually capitalize on this chance. Joining the bands on stage that night will be Taipei’s Revilement（Brutal Death Metal）who are visiting the capital as part of their Let the Pillars Fall Asia Tour. For up to date news on the competition and Metal in China, follow Pain Killer Magazine weibo: http://weibo.com/painkillermag New Blog: http://painkillermag.wordpress.com/ Horns up!
It’s that time of the year when things are starting to slow down and the choices not as numerous as far as the live music scene goes in Beijing. Still, the next few weeks will have a few gems, or diamonds in the rough that will be well worth your and my time. So, what’s cooking for this end of the week? Thursday December 1st: Take Control @ Mao Heavy night in Gulou with Holland’s NO TURNING BACK stopping in Beijing. New daze favorites, Unregenerate Blood, set to launch their EP the same night with extra help from Return the Truth and XitneverhappenedX … It a tight knit community in Beijing and i expect them to show up in half decent numbers! just beware the center of the pit as they tend to start kicking randomly. Someone still oughta teach these kids how to mosh.. As I said before, I like the Unregenerate Blood kids, they have their heart in the right place. Friday December 2nd Hedgehog @ Yugong Yishan ok.. this one is bound to get crowded with one of Beijing’s favorite bands playing one of the most popular venues.. it sounds like a mad crowd rush waiting to happen but it could be really fun. I’m liking how Hedgehog is growing into this darker heavier entity when most bands tend to mellow down with age. They get some help from Fuzzymood and Spacebitch whom i never heard before. The show is tagged with the line: “Hedgehog rock live [...]