By Jeff Stolowitz & Karen Romano Adams
Photography by Karen Romano Adams
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ROK BAR Daytona Beach is an incubator, the coven of the Volusia County Metal and Alternative scene. Booking nationally touring bands along with local groups of countless talents. Sometimes they outdo themselves and on this one night, the 'incubator' blew the f*%$*&n place up!
Nothing compares to hard driving rock and the line-up at Rok Bar just kicked it Behind Daytona this past Friday. Owners Chris Voorhees and Michael Lucas know how to pick-em.
Starting with Arakara, lighting up the stage right off the bat. A band who has been together for only a year, sounded like a seasoned, well oiled machine on stage.
Next up was Anthony Sica, in his newest band, Metropolis Rising. He has been in the Central FL music scene for many years with a following of his own. Now, together with Jeff Rankin and Aaron Williams, they have a recently released CD, “Rise & Fall”. Be sure to check into getting a copy of that one for yourselves!
The next band was a hard driving instrumental group, Chief Wiggum. Sounding like a group of friends who got together to jam they were freaky tight, playing awesome tunes. Sometimes descriptions are already written, No other way to describe them but to pull a quote from their page, “Chief Wiggum is an adventure for your mind, body, and soul. Hand crafted and brewed, gently, with the finest of musical ingredients”, and this sums them up perfectly.
Headlining, was the perfect hard core, driving you to the floor, rock of Seven Kingdoms. This band was supposed to be a question mark, well, they answered with a storm of guitars. Tight smart and fun. Being a female fronted band, they are able to get that melodic, oh so perfectly haunting sound a crowd craves.
With 5 albums and many national and world tours under their belts since the band's inception in 2007, Seven Kingdoms is a band who is chipping away at their own piece of history in the Power Metal scene, and being from our own Central Florida area of Deland, makes us all 'proud parents'.
All bands came with merchandise to sell and greeted fans all over the bar.
There were many old friends, I'm sure and, with more than a few new fans!
Overall, a great night for the local metal scene Behind Daytona
The Local Report