February 13, 2015 - Friday the 13th and Finger Lakes Metal Fest

  • Published in 2015
FLMFRecap by Randy MetalWulf; With this show falling on Friday the 13th, it only stood to reason that we once again kicked it off with Alice Cooper's "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)", one of Joe's favorite rock songs, EVER! Yeah, Joe may rant and rave that he hates the song, but this has been a tradition for at least as long as I've been involved with the show, and very likely much, much longer. 
As a matter of fact, Joe seemed very confused as to why this song ended up first on the playlist for the week, insisting that he didn't put it in there at all. He even went so far as to place the blame on Azkath, who I'm sure would never pull something as underhanded as sabotaging the playlist.
Honestly, Joe just LOVES that song, and that's all there is to it! I'm even willing to bet that he's just chomping at the bit to play it again next month!
Anyhow, the main subject at hand this week was the announcement of the lineup for this year's installment of Finger Lakes Metal Fest, an event that we all look forward to. Once again, the show will be held at Donselaar's in Clyde, NY and will feature twenty bands on two stages. It's a FREE show, open to all ages, and will once again be emceed by The Metallic Onslaught!
Event founder David Henninger was on hand to make the official announcement, so, without further ado, here is the much-anticipated lineup for the event this year:

August 27, 2011 - Werewolf Again

  • Published in 2011
Recap by The Metal Wulf; 

Had Dramagod in the studio this evening, as well as Dave from Spater. Dramagod were on hand to promote an upcoming benefit festival for autism awareness called Pick Up The Pieces, being held this Saturday at KEGS Canalside in Jordan Elbridge. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. and runs through 2:00 a.m., and features a number of great bands from around the Finger Lakes Region. Among the bands scheduled to play, in addition to Dramagod, are Lowkey, Amerikan Primitive, Hunter Allen Murray, When Everything Fails, Smite, Just A Memory, Avigal, Just A Peace, and more. Dave was on hand to promote Metal Night at the Sons Of Italy in Geneva, a show that not only saw Spater play with Lowkey and Dawn Of The Apocalypse, but also saw Spater do a short tribute set of AC/DC classics. Rick, Josh, and myself were on hand to help intoduce the bands, and video footage is forthcoming. Had some crazy and unexpected moments, particularly during D.O.T.A.'s set, as they'd found themselves without a singer just hours before this event was to take place. There was some discussion of a couple shows that some of us had attended during the week, particularly Amon Amarth and Kittie. Both shows were great in their own ways. Amon Amarth are just epicly awewome. Honestly, before this show, I liked most of what I'd heard by them anyway, but didn't own any of their albums. After seeing their performance at Water Street Music Hall, I'll be rectifying that in the coming months. Definitely a must-see if you're into their style of epic, mythoology-inspired death metal. I've honestly gotta say that it's been a long damned time since I've heard a crowd so excited for a performance, and showing that excitement in such a loud manner! Kittie flat out slayed at The Lost Horizon. These girls are all business, do NOT underestimate their ability to bludgeon your eardrums to the point of surrender. I'm going out on a limb at the moment and saying that "We Are The Lamb" is probably one of the most crushingly heavy songs I've heard all year. Check them out if they come to your town! I'd also like to give major shout-outs to the opening bands for this show. A very diverse line-up, featuring Dirge Within, a killer thrash outfit called Diamond Plate, along with three local bands, Capricorn Black, Armed With Valor, and Tirade. Made for a varied assortment of styles, and that's never a bad thing! Some video clips from both shows are up on my YouTube page (metalwulff). You'll find Amon Amarth and Kittie, as well as Diamond Plate, Capricorn Black, and Armed With Valor. Feel free to check 'em out!

So, moving on to the crazier moments of the evening... I have vague memories of Jeffie putting me out with chloroform, and when I came to I'd sprouted fur, claws, fangs, a snout, you name it, it was there. Needless to say, I freaked. I mean, the whole Wulfie thing, to begin with, was just a fun gimmick that Jeffie ruined by revealing that I wasn't really a werewolf. Well, evidence at the time of my awakening indicated that he'd somehow made me a werewolf for real, and I flipped out. Never really wanted that, Jeffie... So, of course, carnage was unleashed upon Jeffie, as well as Josh, who got caught up in the mayhem along with Tim Binder, who's been visiting the show over the past couple of weeks. But, once the show was over and I got calmed down a bit, I realized that Jeffie had just glued the old Wulfie mask to my face, along with the gloves. A painful process getting all that stuff off, to be honest. Thankfully I was able to keep the majority of my skin intact as I removed these things. Can't imagine how I would have explained it at my job... Yep, what was thought to be the return of Wulfie seems to have just been a clever little trick orchestrated by Jeffie. Of course, I hadn't said anything at the time about the results of some recent blood work I'd had done as part of my yearly check-up... Jeffie, Jeffie, Jeffie, what have you done to me?

Uncle Knucklefunk - Papa's Pretty Pickle
Jorn - Stormcrow
Pagan's Mind - Revelation To The End
Who Cares - Out Of My Mind
DC4 - Electric Ministry
Symphony X - Electric Messiah
Gentlemans Pistols - Heavy Petting
The Godz - Go Away
The Quill - Waiting For The Sun
George Lynch - Brand New Day
Rival Sons - Face The Light
Dramagod - Jackabite
Armed With Valor - What All The Kids Are Craving
MonstrO - Stallone
Jeff The Brotherhood - Bummer
Chimaira - Year Of The Snake
Dramagod - Road To Nowhere
Wayne Static - Assassins Of Youth
Lemmy - Enter Sandman
Opeth - The Devil's Orchard
Alice Cooper - I'll Bite Your Face Off
Diamond Plate - Pull The Trigger
Spater - Rat Salad
Warbringer - Shattered Like Glass
Faster Pussycat - Lovedrive
Mastodon - Curl Of The Burl
The Devil Wears Prada - Born To Lose
Evile - Centurion
Spater - Sucker Punch
Lowkey - Jumping On The Back Of A Shark
Black Pyramid - Warswine
Vader - Lord Of Thorns
Anterior - Blood In The Throne Room
Dirge Within - Absolution
AC/DC - Inject The Venom
Raging Slab - Anywhere But Here
Vio-lence - Bodies On Bodies
Revocation - Beloved Horrifier
Serianna - Deep Sleep
KYNG - Falling Down
Black Tide - Fight Til The Bitter End
Anthrax - Fight 'Em 'Till You Can't
Nekrogoblikon - Bears
Careless - Boundaries
Gypsy Hawk - Gypsy Hawk
Georgy - Third Degree Sodomy
ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
Embrace The Massacre - Red Hour
Jasta - Set You Adrift
Demonical - Return In Flesh
Design The Skyline - Witch Of The Woods
Last Red Ember - Anchor Management
Testament - Into The Pit
Alice In Chains - Check My Brain


May 14, 2011 - Friday the 13th...

  • Published in 2011

Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie, who is thinking the man-kini should probably just be burned...

This edition of The Metallic Onslaught fell on Friday the 13th, so of course it was fitting that Alice Cooper's "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)" was played. I actually believe it's become an Onslaught tradition over the years. Fact is, most of us honestly hate that song. Don't get me wrong, we LOVE Alice, just not crazy 'bout that particular tune... So, ironically enough, the big topic for the evening seemed to revolve around No Pants Day and my... ummmm... man-kini episode... Honestly, it was like everybody had Man-kini Madness, and people wouldn't shut up about it all night! I mean, here we are in conjunction with a telethon to help raise money for our parent station, WEOS, and they're talking about me removing a piece of clothing for each $5.00 donation! Ummmm, the idea here is to GAIN money in donations, not lose it! And for the record, if you wanted to be kind enough to make your own donation, just go on to weos.org for all the details! And then, while trying to promote next weeks' Finger Lakes Metal Fest, somebody had the bright idea that I should jump into one of the cages , in my man-kini, during Caged's set! You know, I have a feeling if they really wanted to do one for the ladies, they could find someone who wouldn't make them run screaming OUT of the building! So, for the record, I am stating, right now, that there are no immediate plans of me squeezing my butt into that thing again. That means no pimping myself out in the man-kini for cash donations, and definitely no man-kini moshing at Metal Fest. And DEFINITELY no Mosh n' Bowl in the man-kini! Not happening any time soon, sorry folks... Really, you'll be thanking me in the long run!

Enough about the man-kini, let's move right along, shall we? Further promoting Finger Lakes Metal Fest, we once again had Dave from Spater in the studio with us, along with Wayne Johnson, guitarist and vocalist for Caroline Blue, a solid Syracuse band with a good, old-school style. You can check them out right here on Facebook!  Seriously, the closer this gets, the more excited we are to be emceeing it. Your going to be hard pressed to find a better way to kick off the summer concert season, especially around here, where we just don't get metal like we used to... Let's see, what else was there of note... We played some new music from King Kobra and Warrant, and I've gotta say that between the two, I'm definitely more impressed with the King Kobra material. Of course, I knew that adding Paul Shortino to the line-up was only going to up their game in the long run. The guy sounds just as amazing now as he did in the 80's, while fronting Rough Cutt, and for a brief period, Quiet Riot. Not to say that the Warrant track was terrible. The new vocalist, Robert Mason, is damned good, I'd even go so far to say that I prefer him to Jani Lane, who isn't exactly a slouch. Of course, if you're a fan of the old-school 80's hair metal, you'll probably love both discs. For my part, I can't wait to get my hands on that King Kobra disc! Gotta bring this up, because it's actually not a terrible idea, when it all boils down. Somewhere along the line I brought up a conversation that Josh and I had been having during our weekly pilgrimage to Cold Stone Creamery. Josh and I have tossed around a few interesting ideas during my time on the show, among them bobble-heads and posable action figures. (Hey, who wouldn't want a Wulfie figure? It could happen!) Anyhoo, the idea of doing an Onslaught calendar came up, and the more I thought about it, the more that it sounded like a fun concept. It's not like we don't have a ton of photos in the archives that would be usable. I mean, obviously we don't want any man-kini (Shit, there it is again!) photos, but there are definitely some fun pics that could fit the bill. Hmmmmm...any takers? Before I wrap this up for this week, I've gotta express a little concern for Joe's sanity. I think our long-suffering host may have finally been pushed over the edge, because toward the end of the night he was acting a little strange. I'm pretty sure I heard him mention something about genital pizza and pepperoni nipples. This could bear some watching in the coming weeks... And, speaking of coming weeks, our next show is not only going to feature Dave from Spater once again, but also God Size Hate, as we do some last minute promotion for Finger Lakes Metal Fest. And on top of that, we're also getting a visit from New York State legends, THe Rods! Yeah, you read that right! Dave Feinstein, Carl Canedy, and Garry Bordonarro are going to be joining us NEXT WEEK!
Really, if I were any more pumped for next weekend, I'd be exploding right now! Can't get here soon enough.


Leaves' Eyes - Spirit's Masquerade
King Kobra - Midnight Woman
Pentagram - Call The Man

The Rods - I Just Wanna Rock
Warrant - Sex Ain't Love
Anvil - When Hell Breaks Loose
Anvil - New Orleans Voo Doo

Caroline Blue - Our Love is Wasted
CyperSeer - Soul Sacrifice
Hell - On Earth As It Is in Hell
Novembers Doom - Harvest Scythe

Caroline Blue - Nothing Will Satisfy You
Deceased - Cloned
Nightshade - Final Crop
Black Sabbath - The Sign Of The Southern Cross

Caroline Blue - Pain
Morbid Angel - Rapture
In Solitude - Serpents Are Rising
Most Precious Blood - Stuart Is A Dead Man
INC - Fist Of Fascista
Dynasty - Demolish Strongholds
The Gates Of Slumber - To The Rack With Them

Caroline Blue - Out Of My Life (I Want You)
A Plane To The Void - The Obstacle's Passion
Here Comes The Kraken - A New Leader
Kaapora - The Second Wave Of Sorrow
Gallhammer - Sober
Tokyo Blade - Killing Rays
Ark Of the Covenant - Locusts Look Like Horses

Autopsy - Bridge Of Bones
The Devin Townsend Project - Planet Of The Apes
Assassin - Judas
Hope For The Dying - Perpetual Ruin
Red Fang - Dirt Wizard
Lowkey - Backstabber
OTEP - Drunk On The Blood Of Saints
Septicflesh - Apocalypse

Infant Sorrow - The Clap
The Rods - Power Lover
The Rods - The Code
The May 4th Massacre - Godfather X
KMFDM - Lynchmob
Affiance - Call To The Warrior
GammaRay - Hold Your Ground
Hate Eternal - Deathveil

Pallas - Sacrifice



April 30 2011 - Compressed, Spater, and Lowkey

  • Published in 2011

Recap by Randy, aka Wulfie, who isn't ashamed to occasionally dance with his cats...

So, as of this writing we are officially just 3 weeks away from Finger Lakes Metal Fest, and in the interest of further promotion we had both Compressed and Lowkey in the studio, as well as Dave and Terry from Spater. We'll be having more bands from the event on the show in a couple of weeks, with Caroline Blue scheduled join us next. No denying it, we're all pretty damned pumped about this show! Speaking of being pumped for shows, a few of us were excited for a grand total of about 24 hours when we heard that KISS was coming to the Event Center at Turning Stone Casino at the end of July. Of course, the excitement was short-lived when we heard the tickets STARTED at $95 and went upward, to $1150. Sorry, guys, no dice, not everybody has that kind of scratch, not even for the nose-bleed seats, I don't care how great of a show you put on. I mean, really, Ozzy was able to do a full round of Ozzfest shows for free, maybe KISS could take a lttle cue from him and REALLY give something back to their fans... Oddly enough, Joe seems to think that I'm somehow made of money, and will be purchasing KISS VIP packages for everybody on the Onslaught. You know, I've discovered that it's really not a good idea to upset delusional people. I figure I'm just gonna let this one slide, and maybe he'll forget all about it!

Speaking of delusional, Joe still seems to think that it was Loverboy I went to see a couple weeks back, when it was Tesla. Can't seem to convince him otherwise. He also seems to think that I dance with my cats while listening to Loverboy, and I made sure that everybody was aware that it's not Loverboy that's playing when I dance with my cats. Oh, come on, don't tell me you're never held onto your pets' front paws and danced with them... I think that covers the important points. Like I said, look for more promotion of Finger Lakes Metal Fest, and more bands featured on that show. Won't be next week, though, because the time is almost here. Yep, that one day of the year that, for obvious reasons, we all dread. Next week is our annual celebration of No Pants Day. For those of you who've followed the show, you have at least a vague idea of what to expect. For those new to the show, however... well, just consider yourself warned...


The Rods - I Just Wanna Rock
Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice
Brian Robertson - Blues Boy
Leaves' Eyes - Spirit's Masquerade

Scheepers - Saints Of The Rock
CypherSeer - Red Rain
Saviour - Open The Night
Conflicted - Torment

Pentagram - Death In 1st Person
While Heaven Wept - Obsessions Now Effigies
Before The Dawn - Deathstar
Becoming The Archetype - Internal Illumination
Speed\Kill/Hate - Behind The Mask
Otep - Remember To Forget
Benedictum - Overture/Temple Of Syrinx

Compressed - Busted Teeth
Grave Descent - Feast Of The Damned
The May 4th Massacre - Slayerfest 2012
Onward To Olympas - Seeker
Amon Amarth - Doom Over Dead Man
Overcome - Body Of Death
Midnattsol - Spellbound

Compressed - Death Of The Flesh
Spater - Stronger Than You
Horseface - The Bloated One
Lowkey - Porcupine Cannonball

Lowkey - Lay Down Your Guns
Pestilence - Salvation
Hope For The Dying - Perpetual Ruin
The Gates Of Slumber - Castle Of The Devil

Lowkey - Backstabber
INC - The Good Bones Stay Down
Bane - The True Insomnia
Hate Eternal - Haunting Abound
Taletellers - The Keepers Of Doom
Deceased - Kindred Assembly
Graveyard - No Good, Mr Holden

Nazareth - Watch Your Back
Motherboar - Zombie Vomit
Red Fang - Into The Eye
New Lows - Plaguegrounds
Thinning The Herd - Oceans Rise
The Exalted PileDriver - Witch Hunt
Hank III - Pistol Packin

Anvil - This Ride
The Rods - The Code
Death Valley High - She Wants To Kill
Machine Head - Bite The Bullet
Testament - Disciples Of The Watch
Tokyo Blade - Forged In Hell's Fire
Sorrowseed - Eldritch Hunter

Foo Fighters - Bad Reputation


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