Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
Another great evening of tunes from Heavy Mellow. This event was held in the Parish Room at the upstairs area of the House of Blues known as the Foundation Room. Just seeing a show in this setting is an experience in itself. Seeing virtuosos like Benjamin Woods, Luis Villegas and Al Velasquez, Jr. perform flamenco versions of heavy metal classics there is a real treat. They played to a friendly, intimate crowd of lucky folks that really enjoyed the show. Music like this takes dedication and tons of talent to execute and they treated the crowd to a quality batch of recognizable metal tunes – here’s the show’s set list:
Ben and Luis play frighteningly good guitar parts. A lot of the original versions of these songs are pretty basic in a musical sense, but their take on the music really adds a complexity to it that you won’t get from a regular old heavy metal band. I’ve seen tons and tons of incredible guitar players and I can say without a doubt these guys are up there with the greats. Some of the guitar parts were just mind-boggling and the way that Al can manage to keep up with them on percussion is very impressive. You can tell it takes tons of concentration and discipline to pull this music off. Not only do they shred, but they are very humorous in between songs and are very personable guys. It’s nice to add some entertainment value to some serious music. Everyone in attendance had a great time….
I look forward to seeing this band again and again. Flametal is a great musical concept and it’s only a matter of time before this band gets the recognition they deserve.
Here are a few videos (with more on the way)- it was really hard to get much video since it was a dimly lit room, but the sound quality for the most part is pretty decent…
RAINBOW IN THE DARK BARK AT THE MOON (2 versions)
SAILS OF CHARRON
Keeping with the theme, we went downstairs and watched Steel Panther play some not-so-serious renditions of heavy metal songs in the main hall. Straight from flamenco metal to 80s metal. How cool is that?