St. Louis based Hung Like a Martyr played for a packed house at Pop’s the weekend before Turkeyday.
Local talent,Â Hung Like a Martyr, have been steadily rising up the metal ladder in the St. Louis area with consistent high-level performances, and a style that complements many genres. This hard work paid off once again when they got the call to open for The Misfits in Sauget, IL.
The band has gone through one significant line-up change in recent months, welcoming the talented Bruce Morrison on vocals after former singer, Gary Johnston II, was unable to continue with the band. Morrison is a long-time veteran of the St. Louis area music scene, and his powerful voice fits perfectly with the band. Although the addition of a new vocalist often means a changed sound, Morrison’s vocal style works well with the band’s prior material and his range freshened up some of their older songs.
Rounding out the lineup are guitarists Erik Spiller and Paul Dontigney, drummer Curtis Toler, and bassist Adam Fuchs. While Spiller and Dontigney prefer to stay on their sides of the stage, their lack of movement could very likely be attributed to the fact that Fuchs is a perpetual whirlwind of action. One second, he is standing on one of their light boxes, then spinning and jumping off the next, only to end up playing next to one of the others.
Hung Like a Martyr is definitively grounded in classic metal, the lyrics reflecting a combined love for science fiction and horror. Their songs are concurrently fast and brutal with melodic undertones punctuated by heavy grooves. This is one band that is in it for the long haul, willing to put forth the necessary work, and they have the talent to pull it off. For a taste of this incredible band, one of their latest songs, “Kill Your Own King,” and a variety of live videos are available on their website in the multimedia section.