Our friends at the unparalleled bastion of radness that is Aquarius Records have featured “Wyvern and Children First” on the New Arrivals newsletter, which can be seen here: http://www.aquariusrecords.org/cat/newest.html. Here’s the review:
HOT FOG: Limited colored RED vinyl 12″ debut from this kick ass new local metal band, who are all about D&D and Iron Maiden, so you know we’d love ’em!
HOT FOG Wyvern And Children First (self-released) 12″ 9.98
The ranks of the Bay Area’s true metallions continues to expand, kick ass band by kick ass band. Old timers like Brocas Helm and Stone Vengeance are finally seeing a whole new generation take up the ’80s metal torch, like Saviours and Space Vacation. Locals HOT FOG now join the cause, making their debut with this limited edition, vinyl-only five-song 12″ release – of which we’ve got the SUPER LIMITED (100 copies) red colored vinyl, while they last (there’s 400 more on black vinyl). It’s 180 gram, 45 rpm, with cover art by psychedelic San Francisco poster artist Alan Forbes. Nice. One side of the insert bears the lyrics, the other is decorated with a dungeon map appropriated from an old D&D module! (And there’s a picture of an owlbear from D&D as well, gotta love that!)
We also can’t help but love the punning title. As with any true metal band in this day and age, it may be that their tongues aren’t entirely removed from their cheeks. Without being utterly ironic, you can still have a sense of humor about this brand of D&D metal (you maybe have to). Doesn’t stop it from ruling though. And they’re definitely SERIOUS about loving medieval metal and kicking ass. Having fun, drinking beer, all that, but not taking the piss to the extent of a band like Boyjazz (who, we gotta say, were pretty killer, silly though they were).
What it comes down to it though, all you need to know about Hot Fog is, do they rock? And more to the point, do they slay? We’d say yea, and verily. Like a fist in the air, the vocals scream and soar. The galloping guitars storm to attack. It’s 1983 all over again, and in your face! The riffs are all instant headbangers, dished out with practically punk energy. It’s hard for us to decide which song is the most catchy, maybe the Cat Scratch Feverish “Blood Wedding”, which reminds us of another local act, Night After Night (RIP).
Their biggest influence is probably (or, should we say, obviously) Iron Maiden, a fact confirmed by their singer/guitarist, who also told us that early Metallica has been sneaking into their songwriting as well… but he’s adamant that they shouldn’t ever get too thrashy. As he says, you’ve got have choruses “for the ladies”. He also gave us some insight into the band’s creative, artistic process: they got drunk and made a long list of cool if nonsensical names for songs (like “Dwarf King Of The Sovereign”, “To The Helm”, “Blood Wedding”, “Death Killers”, and “Gloved Vengeance”, which happen to be the tracks here). Then, later, whenever someone would come up with good riff, they’d get to pick which song title to use. And the singer then had to write lyrics to fit! Something of a challenge, but he managed to do it, and with flair. Hey if it works for them… maybe that’s what 3 Inches Of Blood do too?
If you want to check ’em out in person (we haven’t yet had the pleasure, but are looking forward to it), they’re playing tomorrow night (that’s Saturday, June 19th, 2010 as we write this) opening the “Parkerzalooza VI” at the Bottom Of The Hill, with Earthless, Carlton Melton, and Dirty Power. All those bands are cool, but Hot Fog will definitely be the most METAL of ’em!
MPEG Stream: “Dwarf King Of The Sovereign”
MPEG Stream: “To The Helm”