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MetalView- Metal & A Good Cause

MetalView- Metal & A Good Cause

Metal View By Mike Vanek XFest Metal and a Good Cause for a Good Friend Hello friends and neighbors, it’s been a while but I am back with the metal news of the 209!! The biggest story of the day is X fest and the Support Local Music Stage which features some of the raddest […]

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MetalView-BIg Time Wrestling

MetalView-BIg Time Wrestling

Metal View – By Mike Vanek Pro Wrestling in Modesto and the Legend of Bobby Hart This month I will not be writing about Heavy Metal. I will be writing about something I love very much that has a very deep history in Modesto. It’s called Professional Wrestling and I am obsessed with it. Pro […]

MetalView-March

MetalView-March

Metal View – By Mike Vanek This Month I have a few things to talk about this month… the first thing is just truly awesome good friends of the MetalView Zombie Death Stench have given us some great news. After self-releasing their current album “The Coming Bloodbath” and constantly promoting it by playing all over […]

MetalView-Rise of HATRIOT

MetalView-Rise of HATRIOT

209Metal View By Mike Vanek The Rise of HATRIOT and the glue that keep us all together… So this month I would like to talk about a few things… First of all there is a band making a lot of noise in the national metal community these days and they are called HATRIOT. Featuring former […]

By February 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
MetalView

MetalView

MetalView By Mike Vanek 2012 The year in Modesto Metal 2012 was an up and down year for local metal. With an all-out abandonment of the all ages venue it has been rough for local metal bands. Our scene has been stricken with the need for all ages heavy metal venues in Modesto. We salute […]

By January 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
MetalView – New Music

MetalView – New Music

209MetalView By Mike Vanek NEW MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS This month I would like to take the time to tell you guys about some good music in our metal scene these days. First CD I reviewed was that of this years 2012 MAMA Award winners Zombie Death Stench. If the Zombie Apocalypse actually happened, this […]

By November 3, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Gathering of the Tribes

Gathering of the Tribes

Photo of Primus courtesy of Paul Guerrero After 2 Failed attempts at a interview with Mr Les Claypoll I went back to the school of total gonzo journalism and file this report… Primus at Modesto center Plaza was the most anticipated event that I can remember since I started in the music community many moons […]

MetalView-Interview with a Loser

MetalView-Interview with a Loser

By Mike Vanek An Interview with a Loser JOJO RUSH OF NOTHING BUT LOSERS This month I submit to my readers an interview with a true Modesto Heavy Metal Icon and one of my best friends. Jojo Rush is the frontman for Modesto’s most hated band NOTHING BUT LOSERS. You may see him down town […]

Assassins on the Warpath!

Assassins on the Warpath!

209Metal View By Mike Vanek It’s that time again!! Lets look at bands that are making an impact in the scene today. First of all our friends Warpath Assassins have hit the studio to record their debut full length EP due out later this summer. Recorded at the well known “Sound Chamber” this looks like […]

MetalView

MetalView

Metal View By Mike Vanek A 209 METAL HISTORY LESSON 2012 makes 12 years that I have been working in the local music scene and 17 years since I joined the scene. This Month I’d like to pay tribute to the past. Venues like the Legendary Tees & Greens, Loan Oak Hall, California Ballroom, Charlie’s, […]

209MetalView-Thrashocalypse 2012!

209MetalView-Thrashocalypse 2012!

209Metal View By Mike Vanek THRASHOCALYPSE 2012 It took almost a year to produce, with problems at three different venues and Modesto Police and multiple delays, the 2nd annual Thrashocalypse actually happened. This 2-day event started with a jubilant mood as people slowly rolled in. It was a great day of heavy metal with bands […]

By February 7, 2012 27 Comments Read More →
Thashocalypse Lives!

Thashocalypse Lives!

209Metal View By Mike Vanek THRASHOCALYPSE 2012 It took almost a year to produce, with problems at three different venues and Modesto Police and multiple delays, the 2nd annual Thrashocalypse actually happened. This 2-day event started with a jubilant mood as people slowly rolled in. It was a great day of heavy metal with bands […]

By February 1, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Metal View- October 2011

Metal View- October 2011

Happy Rocktober! This month Metal in the MAMA’s & The CVDM By Mike Vanek A few things to talk about this month. First of all I would like to announce that after 11 years of supporting metal in our area me my company 209Productions have been nominated for a MAMA award!! I have been nominated […]

By September 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
X-Fest Metal Mania

X-Fest Metal Mania

Ok…first of all this month I must touch on the biggest topic going around town these days. Metal bands at X-Fest!! For years metal bands were a no no when it came to X-Fest. Due to a certain incident at the State Theater that I’m not really allowed to speak of, metal bands have been […]

By September 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
MetalView: Rob Zombie

MetalView: Rob Zombie

This month I had a few things to talk about. But first I must talk about a good thing coming up a lot in conversation. There are a lot of great promoters here in Modesto doing great shows at venues like Seasons, Spinnakers, King Kabob, & of course the Fat Cat Music House in Lounge!! […]