The Insane Show #506 is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Jack “Nasty” Davis of Sons of Blackwater who lost his life last week in a motorcycle accident. We also have independent music videos from Sons of Blackwater, Ragdoll, Beyond Fallen, Maid of Ace, Final Drive and Threatpoint.
Order of Appearance
- Sons of Blackwater “Lavender” – Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
- Ragdoll “All I Want” – Perth, Australia
- Beyond Fallen “Hatecrown” – Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
- Maid of Ace “Minimum Wage” – Hastings, United Kingdom
- Final Drive “Exit Underground” – St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
- Threatpoint “Bury the Wicked” – Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
More Info on Artists on this Episode
Sons of Blackwater
Sons of Blackwater are southern Rock you can eat with a fork. Deep metal roots with bluesy sauce covered in overtones of a semi-truck driving down the highway at 110mph.
Final Drive is a Southern Groove Thrash Metal hailing from St. Louis, Misery, delivering fast-paced, high-energy, infectious auditory assault. If you like Pantera, Hatebreed, Slayer & Crowbar, you should love Final Drive. A singular focus on getting asses out of seats, Final Drive brings to the stage an aggressive and precise attack of blunt force hell raisin’ beer drinkin’ Heavy Metal. After extensively touring on the DIY circuit and performing at over 200 venues Final Drive is a live experience you do not want to miss.
Ragdoll is led by the powerhouse vocals of Ryan Rafferty and backed by the shredding guitars of Leon Todd and pounding drum grooves of Cam Barrett, ‘Back To Zero’ may tip its hat to the past but is a thoroughly modern record. Avoiding the genre’s cliche of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, ‘Back To Zero’ instead explores lyrical themes ranging from social media addiction (current single The World You Gave Us), technological alienation (Rewind Your Mind), domestic abuse (Letting Go) and the existential (Shine).
The history of Beyond Fallen begins in 2003, after searching for the right members the band finally came together in the summer of 2003, with Beyond Fallen making it’s live debut in the fall, and finishing out the year with the first recording in December – a 4-song demo/EP at S.I. Studios in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
With a steady live schedule in 2004, one of the year’s highlights was when the band won first place at Keystone College’s Battle of the Bands in the spring – a strong statement to make their mark as a legitimate force on the regional music scene.
Their song “A Line in The Sand” from the debut 4 songs CD had been featured in the Top 10 unsigned artists MP3s on FuseTV’s Uranium website. The band gained distribution of this CD through Hellion Records in Germany, with several more distribution deals that followed. This exposed the band to the European metal scene and opened the door for the band to gain even more exposure overseas in the coming years.
The first half of 2005 focused primarily on writing new material, and in July 2005 the band entered S.I. Studios in Scranton, Pennsylvania again, this time to record its first full-length album, titled “Lost In The Shadows.” A very active schedule of live dates followed as the band continued to build momentum and gain new fans.
This all eventually led to the band being signed to Melissa Records, a label based in The Netherlands. The new album, recorded in January 2007 at S.I. Studios in Scranton, titled “Mindfire” was released the following June. Metal fans and press around the world have given it high praise.
The band made their first trip to Europe in July 2007, notably performing at the 10th anniversary The Headbanger’s Open Air Festival in Germany to rave reviews, and at the famous Ballroom Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany. The European metal scene has really taken notice of Beyond Fallen, and there’s still no sign of slowing the growing fan base around the world.
2008 saw the band do some select shows, then the band took some time off. In 2009 the band got back out on stage playing in Virginia and New York for the very first time. 2010 saw the writing of new material and new live dates, notably playing the Warriors of Metal Festival in Ohio as well as some other shows.
Beyond Fallen has performed some high-profile live shows over the years in America and Germany with heavy metal veterans the likes of Metal Church, Over Kill, W.A.S.P, Firewind, Halloween, Sinner, Ross The Boss (ex Manowar), Seven Witches, Joey Belladonna (of Anthrax), The Rods, Raven and many other acts.
2013, the band’s 10 year anniversary, was a busy year with new material released as well as many great shows and big crowds. The release MACHINES OF CORRUPTION hit the streets in September 2013, and the reaction has been very positive, being called the band’s best release to date.
2014 saw the band resume a strong live schedule, including the band’s second appearance at the Warriors Of Metal Festival in Ohio. The band also released a new song, “Hatecrown” and made their first music video for the song.
In 2015 the band performed in Chicago at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse, in New Jersey at The New Jersey Metalfest, and in New York at the Finger Lakes MetalFest. The band has begun recording a new album.
Threatpoint is a Thrash/Groove Metal band based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania formed March 2012 from the demise of their other bands. Chris James (vocals/guitar), Alex Olivetti (guitars/backing vocals) & CJ Krukowski (drums) sat down at a diner to layout the plans of what was to become Threatpoint. Rounding out the band’s current lineup is Matt Van Fleet (bass). Being no stranger to Threatpoint, Matt actually helped finish recording their debut album. As of 2015 becoming a permanent member.
Fast forward 2017, with three full-length albums, an acoustic disc and hundreds of shows coast to coast in the United States, Threatpoint vows to not be taken lightly. Delivering a high energy show every single night they hit the stage and preparing to write and record their fourth and most ferocious effort to date, Threatpoint is a must see for any metalhead.