Thursday, June 6, 2019

June 9th - The Hanged Man's Curse joins legendary NWHOBHM band Cloven Hoof in Austin,TX

Terranodon Media would like to share a last minute event. Well , the event is  not last minute as we have been promoting it on social media but we thought we would add it to the site. So here we are. Cloven Hoof will be joined by Tex-Mex Western Occult band, The Hanged Man's Curse and San Antonio's Byfist. Also on tour, Crvnch and the Muckrakers. This is guaranteed to be a metal-filled Sunday. Game of Thrones is over, so there is NO excuse.  Here's a flyer by Orlando Logan Olivero. I've posted it "extruh bigg" so you can see the fine as hell details.

New Show Announcement - 1st show for THE HANGED MAN'S CURSE 2019 in San Antonio, TX

February 23rd, 2019 at Zombies in San Antonio. The Hanged Man's Curse with Wrathtongue and Vulture Christ.

Fekkin Be there San Antonio ( The Heavy Metal Capital - surely it will be packed! )

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Show Review - Outsider Music Showcase 2019 - Featuring The Goat and your Mom and COMPLETE

Well the show was a success, gosh darnnit! It was both awesome AND magical. It has to be magical when Terranodon is involved.  This was initially brought forth when Curt called and said " Hey dude, I wanna do another show in Austin". And of course, Terranodon just loves a good party to be COMPLETE. So that's initially how it started. There were a few minor hiccups along the way.  Curt of Complete, revealed that he had been prescribed new Heart medication and that was a cause for concern. Oh, and that he couldn't find his drummer. That was a week before the show.  Luckily he was able to recruit Mike Kosacek . Now here's the other thing.  A last minute revelation before the day of the show. Orlando Logan Olivero had to fill-in on bass since Complete's current bassist could not get permission from his mother. Curt was also brought in by bus at the last minute. The soundboard could not record directly in; however, a Tascam Recorder was purchased for a hefty price for the sake of getting as much as the audio from the night.  Steve and Steve understandably were having difficulties finding the venue since they are just a good bunch of San Marcos folks. Curt had forgotten to bring his merch, so I made sure to take care of that. This is all the name of the game. Part of the business. Part of organizing crazy events. The show did better than expected. And  everything else went smoother than  Metamucil in Monterrey. Also at the event, a new Complete action figure prototype was shown.

So here is a list of some people to thank:

All the amazing bands, Steve and Steve, Charm, Ponytrap, Worm Suicide, Complete, and The Goat and Your Mom.

All the patrons that paid to see a great show!

The Texas Legends of Wrestling  Chino Reyes and Ruben Steel  who made a rare appearance.

Mike Kosacek - who filled in on drums

MAV Gigan came all the way from Laredo Texas to take photos and enjoy both Goat and Complete

Darren Cowan  was generous to lend a hand in the Photo department as well - took some onces

Lashae of NittyLiveTV came all the way from Killeen to help with photography as well.

Chris Cardoza of San Marcos, TX  also photographed that night. Sure to be

James Jaska Miller provided excellent sound and managed to record most of the set. I am excited to sit down and listen to it.

Jim Daeng Ostrander for allowing the show to happen

Representatives from the City of Kyle were present to witness such a historical event. Also because I invited them

Matt Sonzala was very helpful in organizing the arrival of Curt Low and I'd like to thank Pushermania as well.

Austin Chronicle helped us with Advertising this event.

All the local shops that let us put flyers up!

I look forward to the next Outsider Music Showcase. This lineup was absolutely astounding and it was a fun time.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Top 10 Reasons to see the band, Complete

10. A Youtube Sensation - Complete became a Youtube sensation in the mid 2000s .  With the advent of the global video streaming program, Youtube,   the  "found " footage phenomenon was and continues to thrive. The footage that had been found of the band " Complete" was said to date back to the mid 1990s. The sound quality, theatrics, confidence, and delivery of the performance polarized viewers.  They developed a cult following shortly after with songs like "Hoogie Boogie Land" and "Beautiful Sunrises" which resulted in hundreds of thousands of views. The videos were shared and became a viral sensation. It subsequently developed mixed reactions among viewers. Some of which dubbed them "The Worst Band Ever" which later evolved to " The Best Worst Band Ever". But we will get into that in a bit.

9. 420-friendly - Complete are not afraid to express their love for the cannabis. In fact, they have several renditions of the song, Hoogie Boogie land and often make references to " the magical plant" or the plant that has "5 or 7 leaves". Without a doubt they are huge proponents of the plants recreational usage and have cited it as a major influence in their emotion-driven songwriting. Just FYI.

8. SXSW- Complete managed (somehow) to perform at numerous SXSW showcases starting in 2009. SXSW has been known to be the largest music festival in the world  showcasing hundreds of bands from around the worlds. Many bands ( like all my projects) will be rejected numerous times or not even be considered. Complete was reportedly asked to perform by organizers of SXSW and continue to do so every other year.

7. Expect the Unexpected at Complete Shows - Complete has gone through numerous lineup changes. But the foundation was always Curt Low and Peter Creech (Sparky to some ). With last minute cancellations and the firing of band mates, Complete has sometimes had to recruit individuals that have a very short amount of time to learn the songs. Some songs are altered on the spot. You will hear a version of "Beautiful Sunrises" that sounds the same. While some speculate as to whether they remember the songs, others have gotten the impression that they are a kin to Jazz fusion bands and are working the audience.

6. Long History: 25+ Years - Looking back it is hard to believe that Complete is already a quarter of a century old. They have endured many changes, harsh criticisms, but keep the spirit of rock and music alive within themselves.

5. Fan-friendly - Complete's Curt Low often references his immense appreciation for the fans. Some might be inclined to describe him as a big, Texas Teddy Bear as his approachable and personable demeanor is one of the qualities that keeps fans coming back.

4. Rare Items, Collectables and DIY Merch - Complete have items and merchandise at certain shows. Many of which they construct themselves adopting a DIY sensibility. One show there were a limited amount of shirts that were stenciled and spray-painted by both Curt and Creech.One their initial release, they had a temporary name change referring to themselves as "Barbed". Those that have the original copy will notice the CDr Copy has a printed " barbed" Logo ; however, the word "Complete" is crudely written over it capturing the charm and essence of the band.

3. Get it now while you can -It is not certain how long Complete will decide to keep going. After the untimely death of Pete Creech in 2018, the sole remaining member is the voice of Complete, Curtis. People have longed to see both the 1st generation lineup in some form or another. Mark Swain has reportedly not been active in the music scene for quite sometime but it is said that he and Curt are on talking terms. One can only dream of a Complete G1 reunion.  With regards to Complete's 2nd Generation (or Complete Generation 2  as I like to call it), there were reports of existing hostilities between the drummer ( TK ), and Creech for a while. Houston is reportedly active in the Texas Metal Scene with his band, ASS.  It has been said that Mark Swain prefers to forget all this, but perhaps cannot remember how to play the original material. Houston remains the only former member that can play the original material note for note and managed to even transcribe the songs at one point.

2. Best Worst Band Ever? -One of the largest controversies regarding Complete is how they are viewed by the general audience. One group says that they are bad . The other group says that they are horrible. Okay, that was a bad joke. But there are many opinions surrounding Complete.This, we will touch on in the future.

1. Outsider Music - It is apparent that Complete is deserving of being part of the ongoing Outsider Music category. With the likes of Wesley Willis, Daniel Johnston, Tiny Tim, Captain Beefheart, Wildman Fischer, and others, it is undoubtedly reasonable and sensible to include Complete into this hall of giants. Their sheer authenticity, honesty, rawness, and perplexities align them with greatness!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Saying Goodbye to "Brother" Bruce Corbitt - by Orlando Logan Olivero

While in between my various activities, I decided to remark on the passing of a dear friend of mine. It is far too important a thing, not only for the sake of mournful acceptance, but also for the nature of the individual’s impact on the arts. On the morning of January 25th 2019 - It was announced that Texas Music Legend, Bruce Corbitt passed away after an immensely difficult battle with Esophageal cancer. He fought a long, grueling, 21 months and defied the odds as he was told he had only had 3 months from date of his initial diagnosis. This entire ordeal would become a very slow sadness.

Bruce Corbitt was part of a movement of underground metal that I had grown-up with in the early 90s. The Rigor Mortis name and demo were passed around and often listened to during our weekend sleepovers and hangout sessions. My buddy, Raymundo had these two older brothers. Me and Ray were like in the 4th or 5th grade. His brothers were already in 8th and 9th grade. That meant “old” and “wise” in the ways of experience and metal. If you knew someone that was just a few years older and had access to metal and rated R movies, you had a “connection”. So at an early age, me and my South Texas buddies were often spending weekends listening to his brothers’ cassettes along with whatever we would bring to the table. I’d make sure to bring my own metal mix tapes (A few blank ones so that I could record what they had as well). So, in order to further illustrate my tastes and mindset, allow me to present a hodgepodge example of my world at the time: Castlevania 2 - Simon’s Quest, Iron Maiden, Return of the Living Dead, Megaman 2, X-men Comics, Painting Miniatures, Transformers, Drawing and making comics, The Misfits/ Danzig, King Diamond, Iron maiden again, The Satanic Bible, Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead 2 over and over, Star Wars over and over, Playboys under the mattress, and bands like RIGOR FUCKING MORTIS!

So why the hell would I not like Rigor Mortis? They spoke to me because they delved deep into the media that I had a high affinity for. It made me feel less childish perhaps to know that “older” guys in a cool band all were into horror movies and art. So let’s go ahead and fast forward to maybe ten years later when I actually MET Rigor Mortis and saw them for the first time with the original lineup. That was in San Marcos, Texas at a place called Lucy’s. That was a show that they performed for me and just three other individuals. That, was one of the most magical live music experiences that I’ve had to this day. I think the guys in Rigor Mortis have gotten bored with that story since every now and then, I will remind them of that time just because it was so special. And it was that time that Bruce and I had first officially met and began communicating. Don’t worry, I’ll definitely go more into that show in the future. It was a wild experience especially getting to know Mike Scaccia. So we communicated via Myspace, e-mail, and Facebook later on. I had seen Bruce numerous times whether it was for another Rigor show or Warbeast. Truth be told, he and Casey were and still are big heroes to me. What they developed in their various ventures were inspirations for everything that I do with Terranodon Media. Also, ( a funny little tidbit relating to that night ) there was a picture of Herschell Gordon Lewis (Wizard of Gore director ) with both Bruce and Casey. They both were wearing the same shirt. The shirt that I had given them on that day, my old band “Vows in Ashes”. Imagine just how giddy I was to see that three icons were hanging out, two of which were wearing my shirt. It’s the little things that matter most.

So there are other events that occurred after that time frame, but it is way too much to discuss at the moment. One of these days, I may share such stories, if for nothing else, my memory archives or perhaps on a podcast. So let’s go back to 2017. Bruce and I had talked about doing a show in Austin for Warbeast. Warbeast was putting out a new album, afterall. But soon after we had begun the initial promotion, Bruce made an announcement. Initially, I had thought that his issues with heart disease had worsened. This was something on a completely different level. It was, in fact, cancer. The underground metal world was shaken by the news and an onpour of support began throughout this journey. I, myself, joined the cause without any hesitation. I helped put together the Bruce Corbitt Benefit in 2017 when we had first heard the news. Initially, the show was going to feature one of my bands directly supporting Warbeast. However, that soon changed as we learned about the news. Instead, we turned that into a benefit show to where all proceeds went to Bruce and the Corbitt family. This sentiment, of course, was supported by Jim the owner of the Texas Mist. There were thousands raised. Two of Bruce’s friends, came down to help support and help auction off some of Bruce’s items. We played the new Warbeast album, The Hanged Man’s Curse would cover Rigor Mortis’ “Re-animator”, and much fun and celebration was had that night. When I showed Bruce the flyer where I depicted a giant-sized Bruce along the mascots for both Rigor Mortis and Warbeast, he told me that he was in tears. I had to let him know that I try my best to honor my heroes with my art.

In support of the awareness, I even created a Rigor Mortis action figure as a gift for Bruce. Bruce fell in love with the figure when I sent it to him. He told me that he began to cry because it was always his dream to get “toys” for the band. He pleaded with me numerous times to make more and more so that people could enjoy them. At his wedding vow renewal ceremony he brought it up. I told him “ Dude that can happen, but it’s going to be hard to do with materials and I’ll have to sculpt a head. But it is possible. Very possible”. But at Frightmare he finally convinced me. Honestly, tt didn’t take much, because looking at him smile like a kid in a candy shop while holding the new “Sog” toy was enough to convince me to do everything I could to make it happen. And that is exactly what I did in early 2018. Over 20 have been produced and Bruce graciously signed a number of them as well. So he was happy knowing that this was happening and that his band, Rigor Mortis, had their own line of action figures. Something very few others can say. You have Ozzy, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, The Misfits, and Now RIGOR MORTIS. Anything for my heroes.

But let’s get back on how Bruce impacted the world. He was a visionary but viewed the world with such innocence and playfulness. He really enjoyed life and the people around him. When I’ d go see him in Dallas he was always surrounded by people and friends who adored his presence. His light was so bright. Bruce wanted so much out of life and wanted to create much more. He managed to release several documentaries - one of which was for Rigor Mortis. He was tickled when I told him that I ordered and displayed it at the Public Library that I worked at. Bruce was also so proud of his work with Warbeast. During the entire ordeal, he was focused more on how his bandmates were suffering. His selflessness and humble acts continued. More and more, I began to see Bruce share other people’s charities and other people’s fundraisers. He was constantly raising awareness for others even while he was suffering.

I had spoken to Bruce a week prior to his death to remind him constantly of what he meant to me and everyone else. He exemplified the humane, the creative, and the jovial qualities that most should aspire towards. His music and art changed the world for the better. I contemplated visiting him at his home “ The Batcave”. But, I knew he needed time with his closest loved ones. It is a regret I’ll always have, but we still spoke. I will remember; however, our last encounter. During the final Warbeast show with Bruce a few months back, we were talking as if nothing at all was going on. Just nonchalant “how’s this” and “how’s that”. I Showed him one of the new Rigor Mortis “ Sog” sculptures I was working on. I recall telling him that I’d see him again soon. Before we parted he hugged me.He said, “ I love you, brother”. I held back my tears and told him “ I love you to man. You need to know that you are my hero”.

I think Bruce Corbitt came to that realization that he had that effect on everyone. At least, I hope he did. So this brings us to where we go from here. It’s been a long, 21 months.And although Bruce may be gone, his legacy will continue to thrive. That is, of course, if we help to do that. Knowing Bruce, he would want people not to mourn but to rather celebrate and enjoy life as he did, to be accepting of all and unashamed with the things that make you happy. I hope people in the generations to come will appreciate and understand his contributions to music and art. Long live the legacy of the immortal, Bruce Corbitt!!!!