The gospel of headbanging

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The gospel of headbanging
Take a listen to Order 66 from the album Reviving the Apparently Dead by This Means You:


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“I’m a Reverend, I gotta have my own church so I’m not a chump,” explains Tim Clark, guitarist for local metal quintet This Means You. O.K., but why did he become an ordained minister? “It’s always funny to offend someone and whip out my license to shut ’em up.” And what’s the name of his church? The Church of Heavy Metal.


Preaching the teachings of metal: This Means You spreads the word with a new record and a live show.

The church’s teachings include esoteric things like slaying unicorns and “ridding the world of all things that are deemed ‘unmetal,’” but the band doesn’t seem to mind a little help from the mainstream crowd. Their new debut album, Reviving the Apparently Dead, was produced by Kevin Murphy and Brian Craddock, who both now play with former American Idol contestants (Josh Gracin and Chris Daughtry, respectively.) “Not that it has anything to do with us or our music,” says Clark. “I just think it’s funny.”

Listen to River of Dead Horses by Horsefang:


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“The studio stuff is a blast,” he says, “we have a lot of fun, but for me it’s all about the live show.” See for yourself when they play the Outback Lodge on July 21. Joining This Means You on the night’s bill are instrumental decibel crushers Horsefang, who have been scarce lately, but tell us their own debut album should be out in late August.


Noisy metalheads: Horsefang joins This Means You on July 21 and prepares its  debut album for the fall.

Feedback remembers being blown away after discovering WTJU’s eclectic airwaves back in middle school, but UVA’s college radio station was broadcasting enlightening sounds to Charlottesville long before that. The station was going to let listeners in on its ongoing 50th anniversary celebration this Sunday with a party at McIntire Park. Sadly, as we went to press, the party was cancelled. Though the Internet has challenged college radio for the title of “Place to Find New Interesting Music,” WTJU is still going strong, and the event will be rescheduled for the fall. Feedback has been told to stay tuned…

“What happened to Live from The Hook?” asks a reader.  Well, we’ll tell you, but first let’s recap what Live from The Hook is for those who don’t know (and those with short memories). The documentary on Central Virginia’s music scene in the ’70s and ’80s debuted at last year’s Virginia Film Festival, and a DVD release was planned for June. It’s mid-July, and there’s still no sign of the discs, so we asked producer Andy Herz for the latest. He told us they should be good to go by the end of the year. Check back to this space, and we’ll let you know when they are ready to ship.

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