[Editorial] The Connecticut Metal Scene

The Connecticut Metal Scene – Greg “Taco” Powers

Photo Aug 03, 12 48 16 PMI can start this off by talking about the bands or the fans. Hell I can even start it off by telling you all about the individual promoters or all the people behind the scenes. But I won’t. I’m not going to tell you about them at all. That’s because, to me at least, they are all one in the same. Everybody from the highest drawing act, to a brand new band, to the people in the crowd, to the people running the boards are all one thing. And that is family.

I have, since day one, been welcomed into a scene that outsiders would view as violent or antisocial, or whatever other bull shit somebody has spewed at you. The people are insanely friendly and very welcoming. I have yet to run into the “typical” rock star mentality. Nobody thinks they’re better than anybody else. Everybody is there to look out for one another.

The bands are more down to earth than most people you will run into on the street. You can walk up to any one of them and just shoot the shit.  It doesn’t matter if they’re making it, they’re there to do what they love. And for fucks sake they do an amazing job of it.

The fans, and I say this as a fan myself (being instrumentally inept), are fiercely loyal and are not just limited to the people in the crowd. The musicians from other local Metal bands themselves are fans too. A good majority of the fans, though it’s probably more accurate to call them family, go to numerous shows a month and you get to know all of them pretty quickly. Every fucking one of the fans (including band members as well) is awesome.

The promoters. I have a great deal of respect for these people. They truly are the backbone holding our scene together, organizing the shows with the bands you go out and see every weekend. They are the ones giving you a place to go bob your head to, or fucking get in the pit and go ape shit if you want. They usually get the least appreciation for what they truly do, so on behalf of myself and every other person involved in this, thank you. You give us an escape.

Now for the people that literally get almost no notice. The people behind the scenes. The radio hosts. The Internet hosts. The sound guys. The lighting guys. The people that provide the power and energy and longevity to our scene. Without you there is no show. With no show there is no scene. With no scene Connecticut Metal is dead.

If you think Connecticut Metal is dead, take the time and go to any local show. You’ll see bands and fans that put national fucking acts to shame. Whether it’s a sold out show or one with 30 people there, it’s one of the purest experiences you’ll have. If you think Connecticut Metal is dead, on behalf of myself and the rest of the people in this “dead scene” Fuck you. If anybody else disagrees, this MY opinion that I’ve gathered from my experiences as a participant in the scene and a fan of the music.

Get off your ass. Go to a show. Rock the fuck out. Meet some awesome people. Listen to some awesome fucking music.

And on that note, my musically inept ass is out.


Support Independent Underground Metal (Bagman Rant)

Please continue to support independent underground Metal world wide, people! It’s each and every one of you that get these bands seen and heard. Love Metal and it will always be there for you. Otherwise what’s left, processed assembly line Rap, R’n’B, and (Ugggg… I just threw up in my mouth…) Country music? I pity the thought.

Hell, you don’t even have to have a band or even be able to sing anymore with all the voice and music correction software out there. Plus if you just happen to have a drum machine and an easy to use keyboard or samples you can quite frankly do away with any need to have a band at all. Just listen to most big budget movie sound tracks coming out today, especially ones set in the future or even Pop radio. Sounds like the same continuous base beat throughout with a smattering tickled keyboard notes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a handful of the techno/rave type music out there, especially if a lot of thought and originality is put into it. Many even have metal influences included like Ministry, Swamp Terrorists, Some of Marilyn Manson’s stuff, Prodigy, Chemical Bro’s etc.

I just hope that it isn’t a glance of what the future holds for live bands and music in general. Imagine someday not being able to see live bands anymore. Concerts may not even have live acts anymore. Just repetitive thumping pumped through giant speakers and flashing lights.

Hey there’s always “American Idol” to save the day, right? Its good to see ALL the winners of that show doing so well.. Not That I’d care to see any of them anyway. I think some of them will probably be doing some kind of “Christmas Special” together again this year at the Casino. RUBEN STUDDARD AND CLAY AIKEN WITH 8  OTHER AMERICA IDOL WINNERS APPEARING LIVE!!! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!! THEIR GOING TO GO FAST!!! At a hundred or more bucks a clip no less!!! Every Year they tell us the show has run its course and is finally getting canceled. Sure enough it comes back with new people. Ooooh Mariah Carry Is a new judge!!! How great is that? Guess her career is in the shit house right now. Just goes to show ya even people like “Steven Tyler” end up realizing what a bunch of crap their shoveling out for mass consumption. If that wasn’t enough there are clones being developed as we speak. There’s probably one on tonight like “The Voice” or something. The smart people usually watch the first few weeks just to laugh at the really horrible wannabe singers, who are lied to by their family and friends on how great they are. “Oh your so great honey, What a big star your going to be!!” Then they make complete asses out of themselves in front of the world, only to completely fall apart when their told the truth. What can I say… That’s great TV!!!

Do yourself a favor… Quit liking music just because its fashionable. Like it because it moves you or gets you through your life. Not because everybody else likes it. Quit judging music because on how the performers look or what category they fit into. I’ve known many people that wouldn’t listen to certain bands because they wore spandex and makeup or whatever. Then heard the music without even knowing who they were, only to end up liking it. Then they’d go back to not liking it, when they were told who the band was. Hell even Slayer, Ozzy, Iron Maiden and (Gasp) Metallica wore spandex/makeup in the 80’s. Pretty lame to judge stuff on such trivial merits if you ask me. Don’t like/hate music just because your friends, family, group/click do. Hell don’t even like it cause I do. Like it for yourself. Give everything a chance. Otherwise you never know what you missing out on. Personally I think that’s even lamer. Music is a true universal language that helps people get through the best and worst of times. Music is the best way to relate to some of the best of memories in our individual lives. Don’t sell yourselves short just because it isn’t popular at the moment or someone you hang out with doesn’t. There’s all kinds of music. Be good to yourself, listen and enjoy it. That’s what its there for.

Thanks For Reading….


About The Author:

“The Bagman” is a vocalist/musician in the Connecticut local metal scene, currently fronting an “unnamed” new Metal band.The Bagman is also (as of recently) a former radio personality of (the now defunct) “Official FN Radio.Com” (OFNR), where he could be found broadcasting his Highly popular weekly Independent Underground Metal Show “The Bagman’s Nation Of Decimation”.”The Nation” was a truly unique program that focused on “Global Independent Underground Metal” and often included in depth interviews with guests live in the studio and over the phone/via SKYPE.

“Supporting unsigned bands in any way possible” Is one of many of “The Bagman’s” top priorities. He will continue to do so in many future mediums. 2013’s a whole new year so help support as well!!!

If your band is Interested In getting promotion/exposier, feel free to contact “The Bagman” at the links below and he will see how he can help you!!!

The Bagman is also a writer/reporter/album reviewer for the Metal Cyndicate local promotions group here in Ct,  as well as  a graphic-digital designer for his own company Lord Madd Graffix.

You can follow “THE BAGMAN” on Facebook at the following locations:



you can also email him at bobbagman@yahoo.com

Connecticut’s Metal-Friendly Venues

It seems like there’s just a handful of metal-friendly venues left in the Metal scene in the state Connecticut. I say “Metal-friendly” rather than Metal-tolerant, because there is a difference. A Metal Friendly venue welcomes and actively seeks Metal bands, while the tolerant will have a special Metal night tucked away on one of the worst nights of the week, expect a band to draw big, and then never do it again when they don’t. Unfortunately, the Metal tolerant venue list is a lot longer.   Continue reading

Winter: If You Book It, They Will Come (from Alternative Control)

by  of Alternative Control on September 1, 2012

I’ll admit it: when it comes to black metal, I don’t know my ass from my arm gauntlet.  I listened to an Agalloch song one time, and spent aVital Remains show in the parking lot having a heated discussion with some dude.  (Is Vital Remains even a black metal band?  Or do they just wear spikes?)  But when I saw that a giant festival with an awesome name was happening in our state — and Mortifica, a band we just featured in our music section, was playing it, along with Stamford’s own Infernal Solstice — I knew that Alternative Control had to get the scoop.  And Benjamin Hapgood, a.k.a Morg, of booking company The Legion was happy to talk to us about Winter is Coming Fest 2012, at the El n Gee in New London from 10/12-10/14.  [Read more]

Bair Grills… “Perfection in Life” Music Video by Crossing Rubicon

by  on July 9, 2012 – Alternative Control

Polished. Professional. Powerful. Three words that every artist should aspire to embody, words that I don’t use casually and never misappropriate. These words apply in earnest to Crossing Rubicon, an unsigned act out of Bristol, CT who has stormed the Webster Theater many times in recent years, opening for national acts on the main stage and headlining the Underground. These three words also describe the video they just released for their song “Perfection in Life,” their first attempt at video production. [Read the full article on Alternative Control]


5 Lessons To Learn From Local Bands

5 Lessons To Learn From Local Bands

Brad Litton 


Are you like the majority of musicians trying to move your career forward and ‘make it?’ If you are, you’re probably already spending lots of time and effort researching and doing things that will propel you to the next level. Finding the correct things to do for your music career is easy, have you ever thought about what things you shouldn’t do to hurt your chances? This is an often overlooked, but very important, aspect of building and maintaining a career in music. [Read the whole article]

Official F**king New Radio

The Metal Cyndicate promotes all things Connecticut Metal, and there is no radio station on this planet that has done more to support local metal bands and the venues that have them than OFNR (Official Fucking New Radio). My first exposure to OFNR was following The Bagman as a listener from his previous radio gig to establishing his own Monday night show called, The Nation of Decimation: a program that focuses on local Connecticut metal.

You won’t find top 40 pop music on OFNR nor commercials from advertiser cramming product down your throat. You will hear plugs for local shows, venues, websites, bands, and events that have all to do with the local scene. None of these are paid ads, so the promotion comes from the heart. Focus is on local music and they recognize that bands have more than just one song to play repetitiously until you wear it out. These guys are the real deal. From the website:

“We truly love the independent music community around the globe, and because we’re true fans of the scene as a whole, we buy the merch, we rock the shows and we bring it to you with an OFFICIAL brand that you have come to respect.” Continue reading