Friday, January 17, 2014

Elegantly W8sted

Genre: Rock / Southern Rock

Bigger Gun


Eggbert

Genre: Punk

From The Roanoke Times "Punk in Roanoke" feature:

"Eggbert was the brainchild of the 18-year-old version of Roanoke Times staffer Matt Chittum. A sister band to the more serious Мир, Eggbert were the clowns of Roanoke's punk scene, raffling off turkeys during concerts and singing songs about Ramen noodles. A 1985 Roanoke Times story summed up their repertoire as 60-second pseudo-musical thrashings, including one performed with an exceptional lack of finesse. But then how many bands can boast bouncing 200 rubber superballs off the stage into the crowd?"

Attack of the Killer Noodles

Monday, August 12, 2013

dpw

These guys were from the Radford area, according to the liner notes—college band, I guess?

Genre: Indie Rock / Pop Punk

Doom Syndicate

Genre: Thrash Metal / Hardcore

Define Infinity

Genre: Metalcore

Chance Taylor, the bassist for this band (and several others) passed away in 2011, and here is a memorial article on The Roanoke Times blog about him.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dark Ruin

Genre: Thrash Metal

Although I have no idea if they're still around, Dark Ruin were stalwarts of the Roanoke music scene, playing a style of music firmly rooted in 80s heavy metal. I believe they released 2 full-length albums (in 2003 & 2006 respectively), before nearly every band member changed, their entire song catalog was jettisoned, and the group added a keyboard player. Unfortunately I don't have any material that was released after this point.

Here is an entertaining review of their 2003 release.

Monday, August 5, 2013