North Jersey Notes: Burial Mound, Killcode, Steve Bello and More!

As I searched for a band to feature this week, my old pal Bob Kimbrough, better known to me as “Freak,” recommended a band that is actually from my neck of the woods. The name of the band is Burial Mound and they’re from down here in Atco, NJ. I say down here because I am from down here in South Jersey these days, but the good news is, Freak mentioned Burial Mound to me because they’ve played Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ a bunch of times and Freak is the soundman there. I decided to give them a listen and these guys are loud and brutal. After listening to songs like “Forbidden,” “Secrets Never Lie” and “Blood Bound,” I couldn’t help thinking, “How the hell does singer Mike Germano speak after singing a whole set like that?”

Burial Mound was formed back in 2012 and released their first EP, With Honor, a year later, making a name for themselves on the Jersey music scene. Burial Mound solidified their lineup by 2014 and soon created a more unique and developed sound that was a bit more aggressive with a melody. With a new album on the looming and a new mindset, Burial Mound has quickly become undeniably a band worth keeping an eye out for in 2016. The band is currently made up of singer Mike Germano, guitarists Joe Germano and Nick Ursomarso, bassist Dan Gunning, and drummer Rob Gladden.

Burial Mound was created with the sole purpose of making loud, neck-breaking heavy metal. The band is set to drop their debut CD, Relics Of A New Age, sometime in 2016. The CD was tracked at Conclave Studios in NYC and produced by God Forbid drummer Corey Pierce. Burial Mound is still a young band, but their futures looks bright on this booming metal scene. For more info on Burial Mound or to find out where they’re playing next, visit



My bros from Killcode recently released a brand new song called “The Answer,” which is the third song off of their new upcoming CD that they shared on the internet. My brother and Killcode singer Tom Morrissey says, “We just finished tracking our new CD which was produced by Joey Z from Life Of Agony and we’re now in the mixing stages for the CD.” Look for the new Killcode CD within the next few months. If these three songs that they released early are any indication of what the CD will sound like, all I can say is, “Wow!” Find out what Killcode is “Talkin’ ‘bout!” with “The Answer” by listening to it at For more on Killcode, visit

Speaking of my bros, guitar wiz Steve Bello finally released his new solo CD, Layers Of Time, a couple of weeks ago. The CD is currently available by download only. Steve also released the first single off of the CD, “Postcards From Mars,” which he made available through his website, Steve said, “I played all the guitars and bass, as well as drum programs on this CD.” Who needs a vocalist when you can make your guitar sing the way he does? For more info on Steve Bello and his new CD, Layers Of Time, visit

And finally, speaking of guitar wizzes, my bro Angel Vivaldi is fresh off of his successful Touring You Apart tour and is already planning his touring schedule for this spring. In the meantime, he’s been hard at work putting the finishing touches on his cover of Joe Satriani’s “Crystal Planet” featuring As Blood Runs Black’s Dan Sugarman. Angel has even released a video for this amazing cover. Check it out at Angel’s latest opus, Away With Words Part 1, is out now wherever CDs are sold. For more info on Angel Vivaldi, visit

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:

1/6—ENFORCER/WARBRINGER/CAULDRON/EXMORTUS/Midnite Hellion/Thrashole/Fiakra—Championship Bar, Trenton, NJ

1/7—Those Mockingbirds—The Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

1/8—End of an Era/ORGY/Bobaflex—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

1/8—Those Mockingbirds—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

1/8—Without Reason—Rocky’s Bar and Grill, Rahway, NJ

1/8—Forget the Whale/Noble Giants—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/9—Bastard Clan/The Breaking Ground/Prime Prophecy/One of Seven/Blood Feast—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/10—Hookers N Blow/Lyken 21/Half-Witted Dogs/Stereo Jo/The Clocktown Giants/Owl Kill/Soul Sword—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/15—Those Mockingbirds—Piano’s, NYC

1/16—Cycle of Pain/Ashes of Your Enemy/Lower the Veil/Common Wealth—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

1/16—Jersey Campfires Production Presents: MindMaze/Flowers To Flames/Callout/Arc’d Angel/Brenyama—Roxy and Duke’s Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ

1/22—Queensryche/Meytal/Halcyon/Psychoprism/Cashmier/Ixion Lux—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

1/23—Barren/Gathering After Ashes/TRNZPRNT/Soraia— Roxy and Duke’s Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ

1/23—Jersey Campfires Production Presents: Strive’s CD Release Show/Ascending From Ashes/Chevonne and The Fuzz/Our Fears/Low Roads Ghost—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

1/23—Jaded Past/Trapped In The Shadows/Cara Crash/The Test Band—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/24—Whiplash/Pychoprism/Half-Witted Dogs/Death Thrash/Black Mass/Paralysis—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/27—Dead Rocking Horse/Acey Slade—Arlene’s Grocery, NYC

1/29—Trixter/Eric Martin/Long Gone Day/Reality Suite—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ