Sarasota supergroup plays free show

September 12, 2013 

If there's such a thing as a local supergroup, Stones of Madness is it.

The Sarasota-based metal band brings together members of other notable bands -- Atheist, Dry Kill Logic and Neurotica.

The band is still based in Sarasota, but it's garnering some serious attention as far away as Europe. In fact, the upcoming Stones of Madness EP is set to be released in Europe even before it's released in the United States.

But you don't have to wait for the EP to hear Stone of Madness. They'll be performing Friday, Sept. 13 at Jake's Tavern in Sarasota. It's a free show to celebrate the birthday of the band's frontman, Kelly Shaefer.

Shaefer made his first big splash in metakl world as the frontman for the death-metal band Atheist. He later moved toward mainstream metal with Neurotica. Brian Johnson of AC/DC produced an album for Neurotica, and the band was on the roster for the 2002 edition of Ozzfest.

Stones of Madness brings together three members of Neurotica (Shaefer, drummer G. J. Gosman and guitarist Shawn Bowen) with guitarist Scott Thompson of Dry Kill Logic and bassist Julia Simms. The band made its live debut at Jake's in July.

Stones of Madness' music is relentlessly hard but has solid grooves. "I Need," the first single of the new EP, adds three-part harmonies to complement Shaefer's unrestrained vocals. One critic, writing about that first show at Jake's, compared the Stones of Madness favorably to Alice in Chains.

Details: 9 p.m. Sept. 13, Jake's Tavern, 3218 Clark Road, Sarasota. Tickets: free. Information: (941) 921-6875.

--Marty Clear

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