So I was among the judges at the final round of Hard Rock Rising on April 13. Beginning in January, this global band-battle winnowed thousands of aspiring rockers down to a select 96 at Hard Rock Café locations around the world. The victor of the Vegas competition was Hyperion’s Horizon. This hard-rock quartet has been around since 2010, with the current lineup—Chaz Morris (vocals), Julian Barris (drums), Nicko and Ely Bracamonte (guitar and bass, respectively)—gelling last fall. Hyperion’s Horizon won $500 in cash and prizes, and now it’s up to online voters to choose the best 25 bands (hopefully with Horizon included). Then a panel of music-industry professionals will appoint the grand-prize winner and two runner-ups. The grand-prize winner goes on tour, records an album for Hard Rock Records, shoots a video and gets $10,000 in new equipment and gear.
Hyperion’s Horizon plays heavy yet commercially attuned music (sort of in the style of another, increasingly popular Vegas band, Otherwise), so I think our city’s entry has a very good chance of winning. I would urge my fellow Soundscrapers to check out the band live. Sadly, Hyperion’s Horizon has instead hunkered down in the studio. I’ll let you know when their manager lets them play a show again. (Given the band’s metallic edge, I presume they’ll eventually perform at Cheyenne Saloon or LVCS.) I’ll tip you off if and when Horizon wins the Rising contest.
Mysterious local indie-rockers Eleven Thousand suddenly emerged from retirement to play a one-off at a packed Meatheads on April 19. Why? No one in the guitar-miasma band could give a real reason other than it was bassist Jack Cowell’s birthday. Eleven Thousand—the members of which hadn’t graced a stage together in years—flattened my eardrums with “Flat Black” and a wrenching “Worn Wrong.” No future gigs slated? What the hell’s wrong with these guys? Rock on, please.
Speaking of future gigs, two cool live-music events are in North Las Vegas this week. French technical death-metal group Gorod grinds its way into Cheyenne Saloon at 8 p.m. May 5. Prepare your brains and body to be slammed at the cellular level by butt-kicking songs such as “Birds of Sulphur,” off the band’s 2012 perfectly merciless disc A Perfect Absolution. Also on the bill: Inanimate Existence, Kamikabe, Vale of Pnath, The Genocide Architect and Predatorial … College of Southern Nevada’s Calypso Coyote Steel Drum Band will transport you to the Caribbean during a 7:30 p.m. May 8 concert at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on CSN’s Cheyenne Campus (3200 N. Cheyenne Ave., $8, 651-5483). Trust me: The gorgeously cascading sound of real Trinadian steelpans in a room like the Horn is unlike anything you’ve heard. The Coyotes will be joined by CSN’s jazz band, too.
Your Vegas band releasing a CD soon? Email Jarret_Keene@Yahoo.com or tell us in the comments.