This is the finals of the 9Lives Battle of the Bands presented by Tool Shed Studio, Guitar Center and In The Spotlight. 24 bands have been narrowed down to three. Who will win?
“I like Tenacious D's new song "Rize of the Fenix," with its funny, stream-of-consciousness tangent about fans who had their D tattoos removed after The Pick of Destiny and will have to get new ones now that they've heard the song. But that's out and out comedy; I miss the way Spinal Tap made fun of metal so subtly that some people thought they were a serious band. (Oh, how the little people of Stonehenge must have been devastated to find out it was a joke.) Deathmaster pulls off the same tongue-in-cheel trick. They're four South Bay guys who claim to be from "the depths of hell" and influenced by the Partridge Family; really they've been playing since the '80s in bands like War Cry, Antarus and Mad Anthony. Unsurprisingly, their throwback metal sound is perfectly authentic, and songs like "Facekicker," "Bark Like a Dog" and "Human Sacrifice" are just ridiculously over-the-top enough to be hilarious without spoiling the deadpan delivery.”