Nekrogoblikon, Rainbowdragoneyes, A Thousand Shall Fall, & Metal Comedy w/ Dave Rispoli @ The Blue Lagoon Friday 11/14/14
On a cold, dreary winter night in July of 2006, Nicholas Von Doom and Tim were in the woods engaging in general tomfoolery when they stumbled upon a mysterious cardboard box with their names crudely inscribed with a Sharpie® Permanent Marker. Inside they found a letter handwritten in blood instructing them to write and record an album about the destruction of mankind at the hands of small, hideous creatures. Additionally, it mentioned that failure to complete this task would result in gruesome death. The letter was signed, "goblins".
Frightened and still a little buzzed, Nicholas and Tim immediately ran back into their cave and began frantically writing melodies and rhythms using an assortment of straws, whistles, and wooden spoons. The amalgamation of these sounds and Von Doom's indecipherable yelling soon became known to the world as NEKROGOBLIKON. The collection of music created that night was eventually named Goblin Island and was unleashed upon the world on January 1st, 2007. After receiving much Internet acclaim and a couple Grammys, Nicholas and Tim were relieved, assuming the goblins must have been satisfied. However, a couple years later another cardboard box appeared nearby their cave.
The goblins wanted more. Not just more music, but more people performing it, more silly instruments being used, and more Sharpies. Tim and Nicholas proceeded to kidnap four strangers and force them to help do the goblins' bidding. After another two years of writing, recording, drinking, and compulsive snacking, the new lineup of NEKROGOBLIKON released their sophomore album STENCH, which garnered them even more accolades. Rolling Stone raved about the album, calling it "the most dazzling album of the year." The LA Times stated "one can't help but be dazzled by STENCH." Even Paul McCartney praised the album, saying "if the degree to which I was dazzled was measured by volumes of water, STENCH would be an ocean."
At the goblins' command, NEKROGOBLIKON went on to perform these songs in public for months with the sole purpose of frightening children. This resulted in even further success for the band, eventually leading to them fully enslaving the Internet and being invited to shriek at innocent people at large musical festivals in Europe. "Surely, the goblins must be satisfied by now" thought the band. Weeks later another box appeared...
"After searching far and searching wide
Past the shifting stars and flowing tides
The answers not found in the heavens above
The wisdom I seek, the knowledge I bespeak
The questions profound as the declarations thereof"
Rainbowdragoneyes began carving his own niche in 2006, and has remained there ever since. Using primitive video game hardware such as the Nintendo GameBoy and Sega Genesis, he writes what can only be described as Extreme Chiptune Dance Metal… adding equal parts whimsical prose, anthemic melody and unequivocal fury with his vocal assault.
He has performed all across the country on tour and at festivals, conventions and Expos. His music can be heard in videogames such as Rock Band Network and Pump It Up Infinity. He continues to bridge the gap between Metal, Chiptune, and VGM with his third album "The Secret Mirror," to be released later this year.
Divergent, uncompromising, and absolutely punishing; Santa Cruz, California’s “A Thousand Shall Fall” stand poised to continue what they have done for years. Create music untethered to the whims of labels, magazines, or blogs. To create metal that is unafraid to experiment, to enjoy itself, and to humiliate the inadequacy of environment. “A Thousand Shall Fall” greeted 2013 with the release of “In the Shadow of the Mighty,” they continue their growth and evolution in 2014 with the release of “Horizon.” Having recently wrapped production of their latest release the band is currently hard at work cementing tour plans and crafting the band’s first full length album for 2015.
Dave started his comic life performing in Chicago, then in New York at Gotham, Comix and Carolines and has just recently made the move to LA. He is just coming off the road, touring throughout Florida featuring at Gregory's comedy Club (Cocoa), Rocky's (Gainesville) and the Peacock Room (Orlando), while performing at various Bonkerz comedy clubs around the state. He will enter his 3rd tour of his "metal comedy" act this August throughout Canada and the east coast opening for the band Nekrogoblikan. See "Dave Live" for more info!
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