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Specyphi
By RJ

Modern hard-core rock fans will dig this. Until now the only modern rock band drawing over capacity crowds was Livid. They came and went and came and went and now are gone. A new band has emerged and they have all the makings of being the next disturbed rock sensation. Specyphi.
These guys are local. To be specific, Mt Orab of all places. They’re uber-new, in fact this J&B’s show was their debut performance. It couldn’t have went better. J&B’s had to keep close count on the capacity, frequently closing the doors. You’ll notice all of the photos are taken from the extreme side of the stage. It would have been impossible to get anywhere near the middle or front, not with an expensive, easily broken camera in hand that is. It was a mad house.
Even if you couldn’t see you could hear Specyphi quite well (even from the car lot next door). Lead singer Josh (Fentmonsta) Fent, guitar player Shane (The Doaner) Doan, bassist Telly Kools and drummer Tim Boggs were fueled by the frenzy and it really showed. The poor bar staff must have been rubbed raw from squeezing through a sea of people all night. When the band took their first break, they couldn’t even get off the stage. Singer Josh gave up and just crashed in the drummer seat, leaning back on the wall spent and smiling.
It’s easy to see why people are tripping so hard on Specyphi. They explode with raw guttural guitar riffs scathing front row fans from the first note. High energy is an understatement.
Like any good modern rock band Specyphi’s in the Avenged Sevenfold, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Hell Within, The Autumn Offering, Lamb of God and Shinedown vein. They have two tracks on Reverb Nation that are getting much attention (Snowy Summer and Fallen). Google results show “plug the band” posts in Indianapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York and Houston.
If you’re a modern metalhead you’ll want to slip Specyphi’s Snowy Summer and Fallen into your playlist and see what the hype is all about (www.reverbnation.com/specyphi and myspace.com/specyphi).

Fallen has a cool Tesla-esque quality behind the modern rock sound. The band shows marketing talent releasing this melodic tune side by side the savage Snowy Summer. It shows the band’s contrast. If you want to see the real contrast you have to see the live show (which you can’t). Specyphi dug deep into the modern metal bands mentioned before, played their originals and covered a few classic tunes in modern metal fashion. Much like Metallica did with Whiskey in the Jar.
Question is when will they be seen again? They are so new they have yet to get a schedule going. On the other hand their Reverb Nation profile and tunes have shined a light on the band and their music. Over 10,000 fans are following and the songs have had almost 4000 plays. A good head start, now they just need to play at least 2 shows a month in Cincy and get 400 of those fans to follow them in the clubs. If they do (which would be easy) they’ll be a hot name on the marquee and a sure bet for club owners. We’ll keep ya’ posted on any up-coming shows.

 

 

 

 

 

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