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MP3 Blackholicus - Variations in Death Minor

Elements of thrash metal, prog rock, baroque and punk are braided together by the power of 80''s era Marshalls and a tiny female frontwoman.

8 MP3 Songs in this album (28:23) !
Related styles: METAL/PUNK: Heavy Metal, ROCK: Progressive Rock

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Blackholicus is a four-piece metal band from Austin, Texas that formed in 2002. The band plays in the style of early Iron Maiden and Motorhead, and combine elements of thrash metal, prog rock, baroque and punk.

Under its current line-up, Blackholicus released its debut album, "Variations in Death Minor," in 2006 and for the three years following were named in the Austin Music Awards as one of the top metal bands of the city. They''ve played two South by Southwest showcases, and many shows in Austin and San Antonio, opening for bands such as The Sword, Saviours, Slough Feg, Cancer Bats and The Last Vegas. One Halloween they played Iron Maiden''s 1984 "Powerslave" album in full, and are shown in a YouTube video playing a piece of Bach''s "Two-Part Invention No. 4 in D minor."


The Austin Chronicle
"What bad can be said about twin guitars, classic chug, and songs about lighthouses directing ships through the space-time continuum? Local metal quartet Blackholicus sail bloody seas ("La Fin du Monde"), sheath bloody swords ("Dark Forest"), and conduct a "Rome Symphony," incorporating RenFair acoustic guitar with prog rock and some Little Queen-era Heart courtesy of Margaret Myrick''s vox. Blackholicus rocks." - The Austin Chronicle on "Variations in Death Minor"

Austin-American Statesman
"Yet, one kept thinking this was simply the band''s gig right before they headed off to Mount Doom. See, the band is fronted by bassist/singer Margaret Myrick, who has been studying her instrument for well over a decade. On her MySpace page, she lists guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen as one of her primary influences, which goes a long way to explaining her fondness for bass lines both lightning-fast and dizzyingly complicated.

She''s also about 5 feet tall, looking roughly hobbit-sized next to tall guitarists Michael Nelsen and Domenic Schiera (or, as I call them, "Boromir and Aragorn"). Nelsen and Schiera''s twin-guitar harmonies draw from the new wave of British heavy metal titans such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. As for drummer Spencer Swietek, with his giant tom-toms hit with cave-in force, throw a beard on him and we have our Gimli! (No room for pretty boy Legolas here, people.)"

- Austin-American Statesman on a Blackholicus live performance ("One metal band to rule them all")

Idaho Statesman

How is it that certain heavy metal bands transcend their headbanging peers and draw admiration rather than scorn from hipsters? ... you can be from Austin and have a lead singing, bass playing, POLKA-DOT-DRESS-WEARING young woman fronting your melodic thrash band. Blackholicus (https://www.tradebit.com DESTROYED on the back patio of Headhunters, a venue that isn''t actually participating in SXSW. Performing in a space the size of a kitchen, Blackholicus sounded like Slayer mating with Iron Maiden: Snarling, vicious and immaculately tight." - Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman "Metal Moments"


"But then Blackholicus showed up and stole the freaking show. Sporting a pearl necklace and a polka-dotted dress, singer Margaret who is just barely as tall as her bass, brought the early Maiden meets Motorhead rock so hard that everyone circled around to the stage side of Room 710 to see who this super tight, amazing band was," - The Austinist on "LA versus Austin" night

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