Tuesday night I had the pleasure of seeing Firestarter 82 again at Headhunters. They've got a relatively new line up but they are definitely on to something. Influenced by NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) bands like Slayer and Iron Maiden as well as other 80s metal bands, guitarist/vocalist Dudeman has cultivated a distinct sound. He's a badass guitarist and definitely knows what he's doing. Rhythm guitarist Ian Smith kept up the pace and added a complimentary sound to the music. Bassist Melissa Krenek boldly conquered some intense bass lines. All the while, Art Green beat and battered his drum set, producing some loud, fast and exceptional accompaniment. The whole band seemed to be in sync and really worked well together to produce some great music. They covered Iron Maiden's The Trooper as well as Metallica's Cthulhu. They pulled it off while giving the songs their own twist. I really love seeing them and the large crowd obviously enjoyed the show as well. They played a great set and I'll definitely be seeing them again soon.
Dudeman (lead guitar), Ian Smith (rhythm guitar), Melissa Krenek (bass), Art Green (drums)