Everybody knows the Vikings were ridiculous party animals, and were it not for that Norman Conquest thing we'd all likely know that first-hand -- at least those of us whose ancestors hadn't had their skulls used as drinking cups.
For now, though, you'll have to make do with recreations like Slashin' Bash's "The Resurrection," the second installment of the Viking Metal Party at the Visulite this Saturday, Sept. 13. A cross between a "headbangin' metal club and the lost land of the Vikings" with a "pinch of fetish" thrown in, according to event co-organizer Tracie Nasta of Nasty/Shane Productions, the party also features the tongue-in-cheek hard rock/metal of Iron Cordoba.
"It's a Viking and a Metal theme party mashed together, but not necessarily a 'Viking Metal' genre event," Nasta writes via e-mail. "Most people dress as Vikings with a hint of modern metal garb, or vice versa. You won't want to forget your camera!"
That's just the tip of the iceberg, if we can milk some more from this North Sea theme. Nasta says there'll be a dead Viking resurrection, slave-girl blood wrestling and a virgin sacrifice, for starters. The Valhalla Twins will be spinning metal and hard rock favorites, and the "outlandish and glitter-encrusted The Bombshell and Mr. Red" will chip in with some "in-your-face" performance art.
Nasta writes that the show isn't just for metal heads, though, but to "let loose and cut up at a party," adding that it's "basically a recipe for idiotic, smile-laden hell raising!"
There will be prizes for the best costume as well, presumably within the confines of Viking-related garb, i.e., horned helmets (though starchy historians debate whether Vikings wore horned helmets), fur coats and studded leather belts, etc.
Old House Celebration: On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Old House Studios in Gastonia celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a shindig on the grounds of the 160-year-old house that's home to one of the region's better studios – if the music coming out of it is any indication (and it should be). In-house engineer Chris Garges writes, "A lot has happened in those ten years, including the unfortunate passing of studio owner David Black, but Scott Applegate and Janet Clark have managed to keep the studio alive and thriving with the help of many excellent musicians and producers ... Another major milestone for a recording studio is a console upgrade and we're extremely proud to announce the addition of a new mixing desk, installed in June of this year ... Continuing in the impressive tradition of David Black, we're also constantly adding new instruments, amps, microphones, and other recording equipment to the studio's collection to maintain a fun array of choices and to keep expanding the possibilities for working efficiently."
Shit To Do: If the distinctions between Senator Obama and Senator Same Old Song & Dance aren't clear enough yet for you, or you've been putting off registering for the MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION since the last one, head out to Tremont on Friday, Sept. 12, for a Rock the Vote event and learn more about the candidates while enjoying dulcet tunes from the Alternative Champs, Bruce Hazel & Some Volunteers, Eyes of the Elders, 2013 Wolves and The Lights, Fluorescent ... The World Famous Milestone Club celebrates Year 4 of the new regime on Saturday, Sept. 13, with a blowout featuring PPR, Gaylord and Lamb Handler ... Finally, the FODFest – Friends of Danny Fest – will pull into town at a site TBA on Oct. 16. This is the annual concert tour honoring the life and ideals of the late Wall Street Journal reporter -- and accomplished musician -- Daniel Pearl, who had his frickin' head cut off by fundamentalist douchebags in Pakistan in 2002 at the age of 38. For more information, go to www.fodfest.org.
Recording News: Country rockers Raised By Wolves just put the finishing touches on their sparkling debut, Return to the House of Ill Repute, recorded at 36th Street Studios with Joe Kuhlman ... Thrash-metal enthusiasts Final Curse have finished their debut, Constructing the Destructive, out soon on Fallen Brother Records and recorded at Catalyst Recording studio ... The New Familiars' 7-inch, Mills River b/w with a cover of "My Girl," is available at the band's shows and on-line ... And finishing touches of various degrees continue at Sioux Sioux Studio on new records from The Young Sons, Lindsey Horne and Sea of Cortez ... Finally, Jay Garrigan's solo record should be ready near the end of October -- right now he's busy getting married, so a well-sloshed "bon voyage" to bride and groom from all at El Diablo HQ ...