shenandoah valley metal, gone studios

the modern folk music of america usually posts tracks for you to listen to right here, but my efforts at field recording failed, so i am going to resort to links, but i felt i had to write about two excellent metal bands i saw this january at gone studios in staunton virginia. gone studios is an art gallery in a rented warehouse space in downtown staunton and over the past month has cemented itself in my mind as one of my favorite places to see and perform music (I also had the pleasure of playing there twice in january). heated by a double barrelled wood stove, decorated by old furniture and a motley and beautiful collection of local art and old furniture, gone always seems to be inhabited by a supremely receptive and appreciative audience, people without pretensions who hunger for beer and the modern folk music of america. rarely at a 'diy' show have i seen more folks approach the musicians afterwards with genuine words of thanks and encouragement, regardless of the genre, talent level, fashion sense or perceived social cache of the performers...it is truly excellent.  gone is run by two wonderful dudes named john and angus, and to quote a great movie, "proud we are of all of them..." i encourage everyone in staunton and harrisonburg to attend every event they can at gone, and donate heavily. its fun and its free(donations greatly appreciated). trust me, this is the kind of space that you want to have around, that i think our culture probably needs to have around in some way. gone is the kind of soil from which the modern folk music of america so much loves to grow.

the bands i intend to expose here are the smell of death and earthling, two head crushing metal bands with incredible musicianship and taste. both have a vibe that harkens back to the best of what classic metal has to offer while at the same time sounding fresh. i could go on and on describing them, but i think i will let their music do the talking. check out these links, get out and see them as soon as you can, metal is best appreciated in a live setting, and they are growing right in your backyard. like weed. the modern folk music of america.

the smell of death (you can actually purchase the album digitally here)-
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earthling-
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gone studios-
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so there are the links. sorry i couldn't provide field recordings...i am working to improve these methods.

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