By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: The Orpheum, Tampa, Florida–May 7, 2017
Okay, not literally, my research found this definition: “AAAA” is the primal call to the Absolute in all religions as the sound resonance of “AAAA” in the divine names of God- Allah, Jehova, Rama, Siva. “RAA” is the energy of the Sun, the energy within fire, the energy of life force- prana. “KAA” is the grounding of energy, that of Divine Earth. ARAKARA is the aligning of Source with our human reality where thoughts are empowered into manifestation. That’s a bit too woo-ish for me, I prefer my definition: Aggressive, Original, Uncompromising Thrash Metal!
Arakara was the first band I saw opening for Evergrey’s “The Storm Within” Tour, and though uncredited – meaning they are likely only playing the Florida leg – they served well giving notice that Central Florida is still a vibrant metal scene as it was in the 1980s.
Their influences include the heavyweights of classic metal: Pantera, Exodus, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Kreator, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Damageplan, Death, and more. The band’s member’s are: Vocals and Bass, Brandon Lee; Guitar, Zack Donovan; Guitar, Vince Van Berkum; and Drums, Shawn Vanderlaan. Brandon’s 5-string bass and Zack and Vince’s double leads are reinforced by Shawn’s driving drums for a sonic symphony of pulse-pounding metal madness that shouldn’t be missed!
To borrow from their biography: “Arakara’s music is aggressive, fast, and majestic, commenting on everything from religion to politics to personal experiences. Technical yet brutal, these Floridians haven’t forgotten the way metal used to be, and they’re following suit perfectly, all while inspiring others and shredding face.”
Find out more at: Arakara
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