North Jersey Notes: Gathering After Ashes, Dying Eyes Of Sloth, Killed The Fixtion and More!

One band that I’ve been noticing a lot in my concert calendars is a band called Gathering After Ashes, and it turns out, they’re a North Jersey band! They’ve been making quite the name for themselves on the music scene so I figured I’d give them a quick listen, and was pleasantly surprised with what I was listening to. These guys were really good. I gave a listen to the songs “Drown,” “The Pain The Pleasure” and the title-track to their CD, “Numbing The System,” and these songs hit hard, were filled with great riffs and supported by great vocals from singer Joe Silva, who almost has that Layne Staley, Sully Erna, John Kosco thing going on. I love it! I’m definitely a fan of what Gathering After Ashes are doing.

Gathering After Ashes have been around since 2010, and they’re a hard rock band who hails from the Hawthorne area of North Jersey. Its members include singer Joe Silva, whom I wish I snatched up while I was still living in North Jersey, guitarist Bobby Pergola, bassist Brian Wright and drummer Jorge Nobre. The foursome, who call themselves Gathering After Ashes, say that their songwriting has been heavily influenced by about “three decades of progressive rock, hard rock, alternative, punk and metal,” resulting in a supercharged transformation of a normal rock band. They say what sets them apart from other bands on the music scene are their melodies and intense grooves.

Gathering After Ashes spent days and months working hard on crafting their sound, and the result was the release of their 2013 EP, Numbing The System, which I highly recommend that you listen to. These guys are definitely worth the listen and they’re local. They’re currently still out promoting the EP and I hope to catch them live soon while they are. For more info on Gathering After Ashes, log onto



My bro Dave Incognito and his band Dying Eyes Of Sloth will be hitting the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ tomorrow night (7/31) to open for the legendary Cannibal Corpse. It turns out, Dave has put his other project InDiguise on the shelf for now to focus more on his metal project Dying Eyes Of Sloth, which is garnering him a bit more attention at the moment. For more info on tickets and Dying Eyes Of Sloth, log onto

So, a little while ago, my little bros from Killed The Fixtion teamed up with Iratetion guitarist Marcos Medina Rivera to jam on some Sepultura medley for a bunch of recordings the band is calling Garage Sessions. The Sepultura medley got such great feedback that the boys decided to release it to the public. The thing is, you have to sign up for their mailing list to get a free download of the song, which is brilliant marketing for these young lads. To sign up and get a free download of their Sepultura medley, log onto, and for more info on Killed The Fixtion, log onto

And finally, back in May of last year, I featured a bunch of kids called Unlocking The Truth from New York City. They’re a trio of 12-year-old kids who perform original metal music in the streets of Manhattan. Well, Sony Music just signed these kids to a two-record, $1.7 million deal. That is awesome! My late friend Andrew Gelardi told me about them and asked me to feature them and a little over a year later, these kids sign a major deal. Andrew would have been proud. The boys just finished up a stint on the Warped Tour. Check out Unlocking The Truth now at Keep your eyes on these kids! I already warned you once.

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:

7/30—Anaka—Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY

7/30—Battlecross/Crimson Shadows/IKILLYA/Dissentience/Thanatonic Desire—Reverb, Reading, PA

7/31—Dying Eyes Of Sloth/Cannibal Corpse—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

8/2—Syrens Calling/Leeds/Driven Mad/Sinsanity/Beyond Visible/Four Nights Gone—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/2—Anaka/Srotakin IV/Tempest City/Midnight Foolishness/Excercitum—Gramercy Theatre, NYC

8/2—John Corabi—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

8/3—Landon Tewers/I Am King/It Lives, It Breathes—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/8—TNA/King’s X—Stage 48, NYC

8/9—TM Stevens’ Shocka Zooloo—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

8/9—Thanatotic Desire/Seas Of Wake/This Is A Lifetime/Die A Hero/Framework—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/9—Ixion Lux/Stagger/Negative Sky/Scars Of Envy/Ashes Of Your Enemy/Ketosis/Xero Gravity—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

8/9—Knucklebone—Vasa Park, Budd Lake, NJ

8/9—The Bullet Boys/Flowers To Flames—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

8/10—Black Tongue/Villains/Lifeforms/Dealey Plaza/Beyond Treachery/Spawned/Depreciator—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/11—Forevermore/Restless Streets—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/14—Stickup Kid/Seaway/Candy Hearts/Driver Friendly/McCalister/Legends—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/14—Revocation/Burial Mound/Prosper Or Perish/Morta/We Our War—Harper’s Pub and Restaurant, Clementon, NJ

8/14—Scars Of Envy—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

8/18—Doyle—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

8/19—Basement/Superheaven/Pity Sex/Ovlov—Webster Hall, NYC

8/20—Everyone Dies In Utah/The Paramedic/Sirena/Illuminate Me—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/21—The Dirty Pearls/Killcode/Mother/Ten Ton Mojo/The Threads/The Liza Colby Sound/J And The 9s/DJ Ian El Dorado—The Bowery Ballroom, NYC

8/22—40 Below Summer/Dizneyfist—Slake, NYC

8/22—Fuel/End Of An Era/PLANESIDE/Donovan’s Devils/Paris Under Fire—The Headliner, Neptune, NJ

8/22—Any Everyday/McClinton/Sonic Reign—Rhythms NJ, Manville, NJ

8/26—Straight Line Stitch—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA