On Saturday, November 1 at the Skylark Cafe in West Seattle NadaMucho.com held our 6th annual night of metal covers, Metalween, with our friend Mike Spine. The show featured local musicians paying homage to the dark lords of rock of the 70s, 80s and 90s. This year we heard classic songs by Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and many other devil horn-inducing bands.
Opening the evening was Tacoma’s Patrick Galactic, formerly of the band Death By Stars. He did two Soundgarden songs before announcing “in honor of another great Seattle band, KISS, here’s ‘Love Gun.'” Bonus points for Pat bringing his stand and sheet music. Double bonus points for having the best wig of the evening.
Performing for the first time as Witch Planet, The Spider Ferns added some electronic effects to three Black Sabbath songs, including “Planet Caravan,” which kind of seems like they could have written it themselves.
Trentalange, which played under the name Laxxabath, kept the Sabbath vibe going by absolutely dominating “Hole in Sky,” “Mob Rules” and “Supernaut.”
A bunch of Indie rock bands getting together to pay homage to classic metal really should do something to keep their street cred, so thankfully The Valley picked early 90’s act Helmet. They even dressed like the the New York City band – jeans, T-Shirts and ball caps.
Keeping with the “not quite classic metal but close enough” theme were Metameric, who did three songs from Faith No More under the name Scrotum Grinder.
Kris from Metameric pulled double duty as the bassist for At the Spine, who were characteristically terrific doing a mix of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs. Main dude Mike Spine even got the guitar players from headliner Maiden Seattle to help him tear it up.
Speaking of Maiden Seattle, if you find yourself jones-ing for live Iron Maiden songs more than once a year you really should check these guys out. They are a true tribute band and great, great players.
Aside from the music, this year we had a photo booth for people to get their pictures taken in their pink wigs and leather pants. Check out some of the shots in the gallery below alongside more action from the stage.
Until next year: ALL HAIL METALWEEN.
For videos from Metalween 2014 check out TBASA’s YouTube channel.