Written by Sergio Cesario
Published July 8, 2013
For years Tampa, FL has been known as the home of music for many Heavy Metal bands. Musical genres of all types have found that the Tampa Scene has a loyal following that shows up to support local and national acts alike, and The War of the Bands was no exception.
Ten bands ranging from Orlando, St Petersburg, and as far South as Ft Lauderdale gathered at Tampa’s premier Rock/Metal Bar the Brass Mug to battle amongst Florida’s premiere acts. Not only did you have some of the best within the state of Florida, but the icing on the cake by far was the celebrity guest judging panel. We were honored to have Rob Barrett (Cannibal Corpse), Steve Asheim (Deicide), and Lee Harrison (Monstrosity). All three are not only legends to the Tampa Bay Metal scene, but on a worldwide platform as well. With Cannibal on tour, Deicide rumored to be hitting the road again, and Monstrosity returning to the studio to release new material for the first time in nearly a decade, the War of The Bands was set to be the perfect setting for up and coming Florida bands to showcase their talents.
With an event like this there is usually a mastermind behind the scenes making it happen and in this case the man behind scenes is none other than Sick Ross.
We were able to catch up with Ross and ask him a few questions on what lead to this and how events such as these are uniting the scene.
SPECIAL GUEST JUDGES:
STEVE ASHEIM (DEICIDE)
LEE HARRISON (MONSTROSITY/ LAVOIZEN / TARDY BROTHERS & MIDNIGHT)
ROB BARRETT (CANNIBAL CORPSE)
Venue: BRASS MUG
14811 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida 33613