A Band of Orcs: I Fucking Love These Guys

At a festival featuring Gwar, The Melvins, Goatwhore, and many more, one band left a bigger impact than the rest. They were heavy, they were brutal, they had a microphone mounted on a goddamn battleaxe, they were:

A Band Of Orcs

I spent last weekend at the Housecore Horror Film Festival. It was put on by Phil Anselmo’s (Pantera, Down) record label Housecore. It featured appearences by the likes of Ruggero Deodatto and Coffin Joe, as well as the first concert performed in America in forty years by none other than Goblin. Being put on by a metal label there were plenty of metal bands as well. I saw some great shows, Iron Reagan was a definite standout as well. There was one band though that I wanted to catch more than any other. My desire was almost entirely on the photo above. You see, I like fantasy, I like metal, I like fantasy-metal, I also like metal that is heavy as shit and about going to battle. I showed up to the venue where they were to play around 1:00 PM. Not a primetime to play a metal show, but I was excited.

016

I was watching this little dude dressed as a skeleton prance around the place, setting stuff up and generally acting like skeletor crossed with a leprechaun. Then these guys came out:

037

Now they have a whole back story that I didn’t know anything about. All I know is that a bunch of fucking monsters walked on stage with intruments, informed everyone that today was the last day of their lives and proceded to play what they aptly describe as “brutal orc metal.”

029

They never once broke character, and even though the crowd was a little lame, many exhortations to “start a fucking pit” were basically ignored, they never phoned it in. The crowd loved them, even if metal crowds in Austin seem kind of tame. Later that day Rotten Cotton lead designer Chuck Bird and I happened to meet a band member out of costume. We were talking to this dude at the RC booth and somehow it just came up. Apparently these guys aren’t signed at the moment. So these dudes need our support. Go over to their website and check them out. I’m still kicking myself for missing their merch table.

028

Isn’t it time you gave your life to the Orc god?

Update: Said orc god is Gzoroth the  great dragon of fire and chaos. I pledge many human sacrifices to make up for my omission.  At any rate, these guys have an indiegogo campaign up right now to help fund their tour. There’s some pretty great incentives up, so go check it out. Support orc metal!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-band-of-orcs-battle-wagon-fundraiser

Jonathan Watson

About Jonathan Watson

Father, husband, horror fan. I fell in love with the genre around age 5 when I began watching, the Rankin/Bass classic, Mad Monster Party on repeat. Now that I have little monsters of my own, I'm looking forward to training them in a couple of years. For the time being, I'll be satisfied to entertain you fine folks. Now, go make me look good and buy some shirts already.