Tuesday, July 11, 2006

EARLY MAN at the Whiskey, LA (Preview)

If you want blood, classic Midwest metal-heads Early Man bring it by the bucketful. This Ohio-bred duo of Mike Conte (vocals, guitars) and Adam Bennati (drums) invoke a gleefully evil heavy metal thunder that recalls the glory years of Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate and Metallica when they still mattered. Sharpening their battleaxes in New York City, Early Man landed on major indie label Matador, releasing a self-titled EP and the skull-crushing full-length, Closing In (both feature their signature song, stoner feel-good anthem “Death is The Answer”). EM’s unpretentious, denim and concert t-shirt-clad rawk is a demolition derby of blistering riffs and Conte’s maniacal, young Ozzy howl. Fleshing out the live show with a bassist and second guitarist, EM is sure to do major damage in the intimate confines of the Whiskey. Wolf who?

(Originally published in the LA Weekly, July 2006)