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by Eve Oberlander


Bavmorda is making a music video! “Titled Debt to a Witch”, this death metal song is based on three witches who eat the young and beautiful to obtain immortal beauty. I got off work Friday to receive a phone call. Bavmorda had lost their location for their video shoot. They asked if they could use my place and I said no problem. I went home and quickly cleared out my garage, moving things out and sweeping the concrete floor. I knew at some point I’d be on that concrete floor, acting as a witch’s victim.  Cast and crew showed up. We set up an altar, rope and cameras. And I threw a party during the video shoot. We had some laughs at a few mishaps. Things we will laugh about when we get together and hang out later. It was so much fun being in a metal music video with friends and one of your favorite local bands. Final filming will be done by the time this article is printed. The song is tight, the video is going to be sick! Look for the song on their upcoming EP.


Bavmorda formed in 2014 as a grind project to perform at Joe and Jamie’s wedding. They were thinking, “Screw the first dance!” They wanted live metal at the reception. What better way to play your first show as a new band but at your very own wedding? The Bavmorda wedding set was fun and they continued to   create music in a heavier direction. What is now a female-fronted Death Metal band with Jamie Salazar on vocals and her husband Joe Salazar (Forever Obscured) on Guitar and their new lineup change of Mat Zahn (Zombie Death Stench) on Bass, Roel Guajardo (Forever Obscured) on drums, they sound more death then grind. Their live performances leave a chill on my skin with Jamie’s deep growls and higher pitch screams, Joe’s heavy, beefy tone and Mat’s thundery low end sorcery on guitars paired with Roel’s powerful blast beats. I’m looking forward to Bavmorda and what they have in store for this New Year.

Breaking news, longtime favorite local metal band of mine, Forever Obscured is still together.  Forever Obscured wants to remind all of you metal heads that they are still alive and kicking, writing and practicing new material. The band has merchandise on sale.  T-shirts and Cd’s are available. Follow them on Facebook. Their album titled Insufflation of Miscreation is super sick and heavy. Check out their Official music video “Sever The Taste” on Youtube. You’ll see me in the video along with other FO fans.

We have several Metal shows happening this month featuring Modesto Metal bands

February 3rd: Nothing But Losers is opening up for Powerman 5000 and ORGY at The Ace of Spades in Sacramento. For tickets contact the band on Facebook.

February 11th: Pre Valentine’s Day Massacre featuring Modesto’s X-Method and Nothing But Losers, with Blessed Curse and Thought Vomit will be held at Modesto’s Other Place.  $5 admission, Ladies gets in free before 9pm.

Also happening on February 11th is Modesto’s 17TEN, Stigmurder, Bavmorda and Broken Trojan playing in Merced at The Star Club. Free show 1+. Sponsoring the show is 51fifty energy drink, PMA Tattoos and Stone Bowl Presents.

February 18th: Modesto’s Triple D will be performing at Nino’s Place 5219 Mc Henry Blvd. Modesto. Free show, 21+, starts at 9pm.“Rock and Roll the way it was meant to be heard.”

February 24th: Stigmurder and 17TEN are cruising down to Santa Cruz and playing at The Blue Lagoon with Short Fuse.

February 24th: Merced’s Cursed is playing The Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma. $10tickets from the band, show starts at 7:30pm.



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