Countdown to The Metal Assault 12th Anniversary Fest – Part Eight with Through The Oculus
Countdown to The Metal Assault 12th Anniversary Fest
Part Eight with Through The Oculus
Los Angeles, California based metal blog turned record label Metal Assault will be celebrating the 12-year anniversary of its February 13, 2010 inception with a festival, February 12 and 13 2022 at Transplants Brewing, a brewery plus live music venue in Palmdale CA. In addition, Metal Assault is also hosting a pre-party on Friday February 11, at Supply and Demand in Long Beach CA. The weekend will feature an eclectic assortment of 22 bands, including several representatives from the Metal Assault Records roster, as well as some non-roster bands that Metal Assault has supported and worked with over the years.
Metal Assault owner Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal says about the festival weekend: “I’ve devoted the past twelve years of my life to promoting heavy metal, and I find it only fitting to celebrate this 12-year anniversary of the launch of Metal Assault, with the biggest event I’ve curated till date. I’m delighted to have put together a lineup of bands that people will most certainly enjoy from start to finish, across the entire weekend. And what’s more, in collaboration with Transplants Brewing, Metal Assault is launching its very own beer!”
Let’s meet one of the bands playing The Metal Assault 12th Anniversary Fest…
THROUGH THE OCULUS
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in your band, and how long the band has been together.
Sarah Gamblin, lead vocals, Randy Lee, guitar and backup vocals, Lauren Weatherford, Bass Guitar, Eric Freeman, Drums. The band has been together for 2 1/2 years.
How did you wind up being connecting with Metal Assault Records?
Randy knew about Metal Assault for a few years and liked the hard work and passion for metal music. The band decided to reach out with a submission and from there we built our relationship.
What are you looking forward to the most about playing the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest?
We are excited to meet more bands on our label and perform at Transplants once again. And to build new connections with everyone involved. (Hint Orion Cymbals which Eric is a big fan of…)
Select two songs you might be playing at the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest and what inspired the lyrics.
Most definitely “Lilith and Lazarus” as it has become our popular song. The lyrics are inspired from biblical transcriptions about Lilith. Lyric description, (the demonization of women trying to gain ownership of their own bodies and being betrayed by “godly” men/beings). Another one will be a song that is on our next album. Come to the festival to find out the name and hear this new sound of TTO.
What could one expect from your live show at the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest?
Lots of windmills and 100% raw sound.
What’s up next for your band after the Metal Assault 12 Year Anniversary Fest?
We will be hitting the studio to record our 2nd album. Prepare for new music videos. Also we are hosting an 80s themed show at Frogees in Apple Valley, CA March 5th.
(Interview by Ken Morton)