North Jersey Notes Updates

Hope Kills FearI recently got an email from my bro Steve Richards from Hope Kills Fear. Unfortunately, the email came in a week too late, because he wanted me to plug a showcase that his band was playing this past week down at Sullivan Hall in NYC. For those of you scratching your heads right about now because you know that you’ve heard the name Hope Kills Fear before, I’m going to help you out. I mentioned them a few months back when they were still in their embryonic stage. Hope Kills Fear is the brainchild of Carley Coma and Ken Schalk from Candiria. Well if you want to get really technical, my bro Steve Richards was also in Candiria for a little while too. Turns out, Hope Kills Fear is up and running now, and is a well-oiled machine! There’s a song on their MySpace page that I’m totally obsessed with at the moment called “Save Me.” It shows a whole new side of Carley and its more hard rock than hardcore. The song totally rocks! Check it out at

Ok, I haven’t heard from these guys in a while! Well, since their big boat party anyway! One of the most entertaining bands in the tri-state area, Ape Fight, have decided to take their 2006 CD, Apefight, Apefight, and do a song-for-song remix on it, and re-release it as Apefight, Apefight, Delight. I’m not sure why they chose to do this, but these guys are just weird anyway! In the meantime, they are writing and recording all new music, which they hope to release in the coming months! You can download the new remixed CD, Apefight, Apefight, Delight, on or just go to

I got yet another email from the legendary Dan Lorenzo of Hades, Non-Fiction, and The Cursed to plug something else of his. Turns out, they’ll finally be releasing this Hades DVD, Bootlegged In Boston 1988. The release date for this long-awaited home video will be Jan. 23 worldwide. For more info on the upcoming DVD release, log onto or

There’s some sad news on the Ten Feet From Murder front. After three long years behind the kit for Ten Feet From Murder, drummer Darren Cooper has left the band due to unforeseen circumstances. Darren was a vital part of what made Ten Feet From Murder what it is today. His decision wasn’t a personal one and he remains close with the remaining members of Ten Feet From Murder. I wish Darren nothing but the best, and I hope that he finds something new soon! Sitting in Darren’s spot for the time being will be Split Vision drummer, Dennis Porycki. Speaking of Ten Feet From Murder and Split Vision, before Split Vision broke up, they collaborated on a cover song with Ten Feet From Murder singer Ed Wieczorek. I got to hear the song this past weekend and you guys are in for a treat, number one, and the song is going to be an instant hit once it hits the airwaves. Everyone knows this song too, though I’m not allowed to mention the title yet! For more info on this project, stay tuned to

And finally, my bud and legendary photographer, Mark Weiss, handled all of the photography in a new book that was recently released called Time Flies When You’re In A Coma: The Wisdom Of The Metal Gods by author and Roselle Park, NJ, native Mike Daly. The book, according to the publisher, is a collection of “Zen Questions, Daily Affirmations, Meditations, And Words Of Wisdom” based on heavy metal songs. For example, “I have the power to make my evil take its course”—Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beast. In other words, yes, this is a must-read for all of us metal heads out there! For more info on this book, log onto Trust me! It makes for good toilet reading! Even more so than this column!

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey and you want some exposure, send your demos and press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424. No cover bands, please!

Just remember… We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!