North Jersey Notes: Flames Of Fury, Apathy, Ape Fight and more!


Charetta bassist Richard Mollo recently emailed me to let me know about a new project he’s been working with lately. The name of the band is Flames of Fury and they rock! After reading Rich’s email, I clicked on the enclosed link to the band’s ReverbNation page to hear two tracks off of the band’s debut CD, The Ecstasy of Vengeance. One track was called “Firestarter” and the other was called “I’m Alive,” and I have to say that I was blown away. “Firestarter” was such a fast paced, Metal-riffed song that kicks you right in the pants, and then singer Angelica Vargas came in with her aggressive vocals and it just works. The more that I listened to their song “I’m Alive” the more I started to feel like Flames of Fury was starting to remind me of Warlock which featured the lovely Doro Pesch.

Flames of Fury was formed in the spring of 2009 by guitarist Jason Perez and singer Angelica Vargas, who wanted to form the most intense and exciting metal band possible. Keeping themselves dedicated and disciplined in trying to achieve excellence with every note they composed, Flames of Fury hope to melt people’s minds with their heavy and unique style. Joining Jason and Angelica are drummer Jimmy Peruta, and the recently added rhythm guitarist, Riff, and bassist Richard Mollo.

Flames of Fury spent twelve months writing and recording their The Ecstasy of Vengeance, which features twelve songs like the aforementioned “Firestarter,” “I’m Alive,” “You Must Die,” “Phoenix” and “Let Me Out,” to name a few. The band is currently playing the tri-state area to promote their CD. You can catch them live this Friday night (11/12) down at Crash Mansion in NYC as part of the hugely popular Gotham Rocks Showcase. If you can’t make that show, then log onto to give Flames of Fury a listen.

The boys from Apathy have been M.I.A. from the music scene lately, but they’ve been hard at work on some new material for their upcoming CD, Hell Is All We Have, which is being produced by Murder League All-Star’s Tim McMurtrie and his Tripsquad Productionz. Apathy is also working on a new DVD that they’re calling An Era in the Machine. It features live footage from their Whiskey Bar show this past June and their upcoming Starland Ballroom show with Overkill. For now, you can check out the video for their song ”Machine Gun Rain” on their website,, where you can also purchase tickets to see Apathy open for Overkill at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Nov 20.

I think that I might’ve mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, but the boys from Ape Fight have officially released their latest CD Take Me To Your Beaver. The CD boasts fifteen brand new songs about all of Ape Fight’s favorite things from booze to hairy bush to mescaline. With titles like “Where’s Your Balls,” “The More I Drink The Better You Look,” “Smell The Cushion,” “Where is Mescaline” and of course, “Sascrotch,” you’ll have fun for hours. These guys are original and comedy to the max! If you haven’t already done so, check out their unrated version of the video for “Sascrotch” on It is hilarious! Buy their new CD Take Me To Your Beaver on iTunes now.

And finally, Dira’s Jay Orsino and his sister Jeryl recently emailed me to let me know about a fundraiser that they are running for their late friend Doug Van Halen, who worked for the Oradell Department of Public Works and was killed on the job back in 2007. This will be the second annual fundraiser that they will be running in Doug’s name with all proceeds going to, a non-profit organization to help aid and comfort the men and women of the U.S. military and their families, since Doug was Navy vet. Jay’s band Dira will be performing and so will Jeryl along with DanExactly and DJ Enrico. The event will be held at Cool Beans Café in Oradell, NJ this Friday night (11/12). For more info and tickets for this event, log onto

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next. No cover bands, please!

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

Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens, which is available now on

NJN Concert Calendar:

11/10—Killcode/Powerman 5000—Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY

11/12—Jeryl/Dira—Cool Beans Café, Oradell, NJ

11/12—Flames of Fury—Crash Mansion, NYC

11/12—With Daggers Drawn/Dead Men Dreaming/40 Below Summer—The Gramercy Theater, NYC

11/13—White Noise—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

11/13—(Damn) This Desert Air—Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ

11/13—Forbidden Fruit—Sarah Street, Stroudsburg, PA

11/13—Bern and the Brights—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

11/14—The Zombie Mafia—Ding Batz, Clifton, NJ

11/19—Incognito Theory—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

11/20—Apathy/Overkill—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

11/24—Mucky Pup/Murphy’s Law—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

11/24—Life Without Warning—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

11/26—Trixter/Jersey Syndicate—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

11/27—Rahway—The Fixx, Red Bank, NJ