Last Saturday night I once again found myself at Valhalla listening to four epic bands and witnessing Cocaine Culture releasing their very first album. Valhalla was bustling with people and serving up some amazing drinks. I would recommend Valhalla even on a night with no shows just because of the atmosphere and the nice staff. They have some of the best shows in Muncie, though, and that keeps me coming back for more.
The first band to play was Blistering Sun. I had never heard them so I was happy they got added to the show. They have a heavy sound and their song lyrics were enjoyable. They played a short opening set using the drummer from Mental Warfare. Unfortunately I could not find out much about these guys but they were awesome on stage.
The second act was Skeleton Lounge. I was expecting a whole five man band but was surprised to learn this band is only one guy. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect but as he began playing and singing I was blown away. He is very talented and the music has a grunge rock vibe to it. The audience was singing along and he didn’t need anyone else up there with him.
The third act was a local band I had seen before called Mental Warfare. These guys are definitely metal. I like how heavy the music gets. My favorite song of the night was their cover of Metallica’s “Sad But True.” They were definitely the heaviest band in the line up and I enjoyed their whole set. A special shout out to the drummer for killing both sets. Not many drummers would do that, so I’m impressed.
The final act of the evening was Cocaine Culture. This was a huge night for them because they were releasing their first album titled Six Feet Above Cloud 9. I was the first person to buy it so I felt pretty special. These guys killed it on stage. They have a mix of heavy songs and some slower ones which allows them to appeal to more people.
I really enjoyed their set and their album. It’s one of my favorites so far this year. I enjoyed how the songs connected and seemed to flow together. If you get a chance to check it out I’d encourage you to do so. All the performances were killer though and I had yet another raging night courtesy of Valhalla and the Muncie metal scene.
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