North Jersey Notes: Judge The Fallen, Mikell’s Plot, Rhythm Trip and More!


For some reason, I was getting hit up all over the place about this week’s feature band, Judge The Fallen. First, guitarist Joe Vidal from Disaster Fantastic contacted me on Facebook to check out his new project, and then my bass brother, Dan Grossberg, from Dead Letter Box and Bled For Glory, reached out to me on Twitter. It turns out Dan went to high school with Joe and drummer Ed Siana, and they decided to put this music project together called Judge The Fallen.

After Disaster Fantastic went through some personnel changes that they couldn’t recover from, they decided to put something new together, which included their friend Dan Grossberg on bass. They rounded out their new band with singer Mike Morgan and Judge The Fallen was born. This hard rock quartet spent most of 2011 writing new music, and from what I’ve heard so far, they will turn into a force on the New Jersey music scene.

I was able to hear two songs off of the band’s Facebook page. Both “Solemn” and “A Saint for Sorrow” just blew me away! They had this Alice in Chains Sap-vibe. Singer Mike Morgan’s vocals were simply amazing, but the harmonies were even better! It seems that Judge The Fallen is still a work in progress, but if this is their progress, their future on the scene is going to be a pretty interesting one. Keep an ear out for Judge The Fallen!



I recently received an email from some old friends, Mikell’s Plot, whom I met back when I was still playing with Smoke Star. I haven’t heard from these guys in a while, but it sounds like they’re getting back on the horse. Mikell’s Plot will be heading to Peru sometime in February for a handful of dates, and they recently finished up recording their latest CD, which includes an updated version of their song “Monster On My Wall,” “Goldenwolf Goddess” and a 9/11 Tribute called “I Remember.” Keep an eye out for Mikell’s Plot in 2012 by following them on their MySpace page at

Self-marketing guru Dave Incognito recently reached out to me on Facebook to let me know that his new band InDisguise will be performing with Pyramada, at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ, this Friday night (Nov. 25) for Pyramada’s CD Release Party. Dave also told me that InDisguise will be releasing their next single, “In Your Face,” sometime this month. Follow InDisguise now on Facebook at or catch them live this Friday night at Dingbatz.

And finally, I just got off of the phone with Murder League All-Stars head honcho, Tim McMurtrie, and he informed me of some pretty amazing news! It turns out Timmy’s reuniting his old band, Rhythm Trip, after 20 years. For you youngsters, Rhythm Trip was one of the most popular hip-hop metal bands to come out of the North Jersey area and was the brainchild of Tim McMurtrie, who was the original guitarist of hardcore legends M.O.D. Timmy will be reuniting his crew for a one-off show at Dingbatz on Dec. 9 for his Tripsquad Productionz annual Season’s Beatings show. Also performing will be Sic Flux, Mindswitch, Lionel Pryor and Purveyor. For more info on Rhythm Trip, 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’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

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

NJN Concert Calendar:

11/23—Murphy’s Law/Blackout Stereo/Hub City Stompers—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

11/23—Mother—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

11/23—Sundown Cosnpiracy—At Da Game, Staten Island, NY

11/23—Steve Brown—Elm Street Grill, Oakland, NJ

11/25—Pyramada/InDisguise—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

11/25—Steve Brown—Trovato’s Due II, Oakland, NJ

11/27—Doomsday Prophecy/Darkness Descends—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

11/30—Steel Panther/Fosterchild—Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

12/1—Steve Brown—Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

12/1—Steel Panther/The Jersey Syndicate—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

12/2—Steve Brown—Willie McBride’s II, Branchburgh, NJ

12/3—Jaded Past/Ted Poley—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

12/3—Sundown Conspiracy—The Loop Lounge, Passaic Park, NJ

12/3—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Blackthorn, Parsippany, NJ

12/4—Our Black Friday—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

12/5—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA

12/9—Rhythm Trip (reunion show)/Sic Flux/Mindswitch/Lionel Pryor/Purveyor—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

12/9—A Pale Horse Named Death—Webster Hall, NYC

12/9—Steve Brown—Beachcomber Club, Seaside Heights, NJ

12/10—Borgo Pass—The Trash Bar, Brooklyn, NY

12/10—Kix/Spread Eagle/Trimm/The Dirty Stayouts/Circle of Insanity—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

12/10—A Pale Horse Named Death/BoundAlive/Lykken 21/Black Ocean/CookieHead—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

12/10—Doomsday Prophecy—The Irish, Kearny, NJ

12/10—Arch Demon/Spoonfed/Morningside Lane/Embrace Agony—The Blue Room, Secaucus, NJ

12/10—Steve Brown—Chakra, Paramus, NJ