By Ashley Bennett
MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS: Brent Wisdom (vocals, guitar); Joe Downard (drums); Ehren Behringer (guitar); Carlos Villalvazo (bass).
CITIES OF ORIGIN: Valley of the Moon, Cedar Pines Park, Crestline, San Gabriel Valley.
LATEST RELEASE: Lycanthrope (2011).
KINDRED SPIRITS: Marijuana, Old No 7, Lunar Activity, Lamb of God, Pantera, Slayer, Entombed, Death, Amon Amarth, Metallica, Megadeth, Rush, Testament, Down, Sepultra, Merauder, Grave Digger, Cliff Bruton, Geddy Lee, Frank Bello, Dave Mustaine, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, SRV and Jimi Hendrix.
WEBSITES: HYPERLINK “http://www.GrimWolf.net” \t “_blank” www.GrimWolf.net; HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/grimwolfmetal” \t “_blank” www.facebook.com/grimwolfmetal; HYPERLINK “http://www.twitter.com/grimwolfmetal” \t “_blank” www.twitter.com/grimwolfmetal.
You may not know it but high up in the San Bernardino Mountains lives a group of werewolves. Seriously! And these guys certainly are not related to the boy-werewolf nonsense that has swept the young girls of the world by storm. No, the lycan clan GrimWolf resides there, awaiting fresh audiences to infect with its hardcore metal music.
Of its band members, Brent Wisdom is very serious when it comes to keeping the lycan image and story alive, partly because the idea and characters were his idea before the band came together; “This was an old Dungeons & Dragons monster I made up years ago and when trying to find a kicka** name for a band I naturally went to my role-playing nerdology tombs.” D&D goes back years before many video games had elements of role-playing and it certainly dates these werewolves back to classic, horrifically transformed men rather than the frilly and furry friends we see now. And now they play metal.
Ehren Behringer sees the band’ goal in a similar fashion: His aim is to “get [the album] to every grubby little metal hand out there until we have infected the entire SoCal area with lycanthropy.” So watch out; should you happen to get too close to the San Berdoo baseline you might find yourself as addicted to the band as the members are to being werewolves; “This band is more than a band, it’s a coalition to bring a true metal scene back to those who need it most here in the Inland Empire.”
There is living proof that this infection of metal is real, ask Carlos Villalvazo who was once just a fan in the crowd but now “runs with the pack.” As the newest member he is also very passionate about the band’s performances: “[The music] is loud, in your face and heavy. Villalvazo describes the band’s music as “metal in its truest form.”
Despite the theme of this band being heavily steeped in lycan belief, Joe Downard expresses the band’s goal for the future, “To grow more together as a band/family, get our name out more to everyone so the crowd is more intense” Downard says, “to show everyone a good time and what metal is all about.”
GrimWolf at the Marquis Lounge, 1036 W Highland Ave., San Bernardino, (909) 882-9342; www.themaruislounge.com. Fri, Sept. 23.