North Jersey Notes: Doomsday Prophecy, Filter Effect, Steve Bello & MORE!


I recently stumbled across a great North Jersey metal band that I thought I featured, but it turns out that I never featured them, which makes me wonder how some of these bands slip through my fingers sometimes? Anyway, the band that I found is called The Doomsday Prophecy and I like to call them ‘tear-your-face-off’ metal!

I only got to hear a few tracks like “Long Lost Friend,” my favorite, “So Easily Raped” and “Stop the World.” These songs are riff-tastic and the drumming is positively thunderous! Normally, screaming with no melody makes me sick, but when it’s done tastefully and aggressively the way Phil Anselmo used to do it, then it’s ear candy. That’s what singer Brian Kellner accomplishes on these tracks. And I can’t say enough about the riffs in these songs, I think my head is still spinning!

The Doomsday Prophecy formed a little over a year ago, but they’re by no means a new band. The members have been on the Jersey scene for quite some time. Singer Brian Kellner and bassist J.V. Bastard have been in multiple Jersey bands for almost 15 years. The most recent being a metal band called I Hate the Color of Your Skin.

Guitarist Loki has also been in several bands with J.V. over the span of a decade including a band called Gotham Road, which featured ex-Misfits singer Michale Graves. Keeping true to their metal roots, Brian, Loki and J.V. started a side project called during Gotham Road’s downtime. This is where the real story of The Doomsday Prophecy begins.

At the time, I Hate was also a side project for Brian because he was still singing for a band called Norman Bates, which is where guitarist Keith Bates was brought in. Rounding out the lineup for The Doomsday Prophecy is drummer Jake Blochinger, who is a NJ transplant from Denver, Colorado.

Once the lineup was finalized, The Doomsday Prophecy quickly embarked on their journey together and wrote and recorded an ear-melting six-song demo engineered and recorded by Kellner’s brother, Steven. The CD can be purchased at anyone of The Doomsday Prophecy’s upcoming gigs! If you love filthy riffs, you’ll love this band! Check them out at


After what was said to be an amazing show up at The Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA opening for Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, the boys from Filter Effect will be turning their attention to New Year’s Eve at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ, which is going to be called “Winter Wonderland In Hell.” The event is set to be a Halloween costume party on New Year’s Eve. Also performing will be this week’s feature band The Doomsday Prophecy and Shat! Prizes will go out for the best costume! Now, this sounds like a New Year’s Eve party you won’t want to miss! The boys from Filter Effect will also have copies of their new demo, which they sold out of at The Croc, for sale at this event. For more on Filter Effect, log onto

The always self-promoting Dave Incognito IMed me to warn me that his band Incognito Theory’s new song “Vengeance is Mine” should be out for download sometime this week, with their EP, which will be called Vengeance Is Mine or Silent Pain, to be released early in 2011. Incognito Theory is currently shooting a music video for their song This Present, which can be heard on WSOU’s Street Patrol and WDHA’s Metal Mania. For more info on Incognito Theory, log onto

And finally, speaking of self-promoters, the king of them all, Steve Bello, who has retired from the scene a million times, has recently finished tracking his brand new Steve Bello Band CD, Go Bezerk!! Steve says that it still has to be mixed and mastered, and all that fun stuff, but that it too will be out in early 2011. So, the king and prince of self-promoters will be releasing new music early next year! Nice! For more on Steve Bello and his new CD and lineup, 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.

Just remember… We are all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts! I also want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens.

NJN Concert Calendar:

12/22—Steve Brown—The Copper Bottom, Florida, NY

12/22—The Dirty Stayouts—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

12/26—Gentleman Thieves—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

12/31—Filter Effect/The Doomsday Prophecy/Shat—Ding Batz, Clifton, NJ

12/31—Steve Brown—Silk Rock Bar, Clifton, NJ

1/7/11—Thank You Scientist/HMS Revenge—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

1/8/11—Hands on the Stereo—The Meat Locker, Montclair, NJ

1/8/11—Cookie Head/Code Red/Mindswitch/Arc of Fire/Locked—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/9/11—Beatrix Kiddo—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

1/11/11—Venus Vegas—The Bitter End, NYC

1/20/11—Kill code—Highline Ballroom, NYC

1/28/11—ZO2—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ