Every now and again you see footage of marching bands deviating from the usual American sports song library and covering a ‘mainstream’ song – remember that marching band that covered Killing In The Name? – but none of the bands seen very metal. Sure, you might have learned how to play one of the biggest political rock anthems of all time on a trumpet, but we bet you don’t know the first thing about the Bay Area thrash scene of the mid-80s.
One drum troupe who just might know a thing or two about thrash are What Cheer? Brigade, the 20-piece brass band from Providence, Rhode Island. While brass bands aren’t exactly kvlt, the members themselves look pretty metal in their gnarly masks and black facepaint – AND THEY SET THEIR DRUMS ON FIRE.
Yup. They played Slayer’s iconic Raining Blood (with added brass) on flaming drums. How metal is that?!
We’re off to set fire to a tambourine and metal-up some Motown.