Local Scene 02/16: Dethlehem catches Brutalitus, Mr. Roboto book parties and more
February 16, 2012 3:00 PM
Dethlehem's Brutalitus the Bloodbeard
By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A new metal chapter
• Dethlehem, the city's premier medieval metal band, doesn't just change singers. It's far more elaborate than that.
"The official Dethlehem explanation is that we were sucked into a portal at the end of the 'Ghorusalem Codex 2' ... a portal opened by the main antagonist of the album, the evil warlock, Dregmour." says Overlord Brom (JT Penderville), talking about the chapters in the band's story arc. "Lord Bonecrush fell in first, just after dealing the death blow to Dregmour, and the rest of us were sucked in after. The start of the 'Codex 3' will reveal that we emerge in a new realm without Lord Bonecrush. Our wizard, Davidicus the Black (bass), senses that he is forever lost in an eternal portal. Soon after, we meet Brutalitus the BloodBeard, the hero of the realm we are now trapped in, and he guides us in our quest to return to Dethlehem."
Back in the real world, the band decided to part ways with Lord Bonecrush (aka Brian Urban), because, well, he wasn't able to tour as much as the band wanted.
"Instead of staying in and limiting Dethlehem, he decided to bow out and let someone else step in so we could take a real running shot at traveling more often," Overlord Brom says. "There are absolutely zero hard feelings in either direction, and Brian still remains an active participate/supporter of the band."
In comes Jeff Kerekes, who played guitar in the Dethklok tribute band Go Forth and Die. Bonecrush and Brutalitus both will have a role in the show Saturday at The Club at Stage AE.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $8. It's all ages, with Bloody Seamen, Ascend the Fallen and LadyBeast.
Roboto book parties
• Although "Building a Better Robot: 10 Years of the Mr. Roboto Project" was released late last year, it never got a proper launch into the publishing world.
The DIY venue will celebrate the punk chronicle with two events this weekend:
Friday: Music by Neighbours, Ex-Kids, Crazy Scorpion Group and Brown Angel at the new Mr. Roboto Project, 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 7 p.m. $3-$10 (sliding scale).
Saturday: Music by Hidden Twin (Phil Boyd of Modey Lemon), More Humans and The Frantic Heart of It All, and readings by Nikki Allen, Eric Meisberger, Carolyne Whelan and Ed Steck, at Lili/Mindcure/Copacetic, 3138 Dobson St., Polish Hill, 5-8 p.m., free.
Mac at Bonnaroo
• Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller will make his first Bonnaroo appearance at the 11th annual festival, which takes place on the 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., June 7-10.
Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish are the headliners, joined by the reunited Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Skrillex, the Shins, Avett Brothers, Black Star, Alice Cooper, Feist, Bad Brains and much more. For details, go to www.bonnaroo.com.
Wiz on 'Papers'
• Wiz Khalifa, who spent Sunday night at the Grammys, jumped on his Tumblr page this week to promise his "Taylors" that the next album would be better.
"I haven't been this excited about any of my projects ever," he wrote of forthcoming mixtape "Taylor Allderdice" and album "O.N.I.F.C.," which stands for "Only [N-words] in First Class." "I remember when i made ['Kush and Orange Juice'], I listened to it and knew I had created a new genre that [would] change music. The mistake i made on Rolling Papers was thinking it was time to move on from that genre not knowing that it had impacted people so much. The album did great numbers, but creatively wasn't my best work. No regrets though. We live and we learn."
He added of the new stuff, "These aren't songs aimed to be hits or widely accepted or even understood. [Is] for people who live like us and can relate."
ID Labs producer E. Dan tweeted that he heard the new stuff and it's going to "blow ppls minds."
COMPOSURE COVERS BOSS
• Pittsburgh band The Composure, which had the honor of performing "Dancing in the Dark" with Bruce Springsteen at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in November, has recorded a pop-punk cover of the song with vocals by Zack Porter from Allstar Weekend. You can hear it on www.absolutepunk.net.