April 3, 2004
evil comedic musicians
By Terry Johnson, freelance writer
The guys in Anthrofuge are funny as hell, but far from a joke! While they
have a great time exchanging one-liners back and forth, their
musical chemistry on stage is second to none. I was
surprised to see the combination of death metal and fun! I'd just
about accepted that going to metal shows was all about being
around a bunch of pricks clearly trying to over-compensate for
something. These guys are confident enough to just be themselves
and have a good time.
Chad (guitar) and Coach (vocals) have been fixtures in the
local metal/hardcore scene for years. The reason may surprise
you. Chad and Coach have worked together as dj's on the St. Ambrose radio show
"BED SLAM" for years. The show is all about heavy
music. Music that would normally be "too heavy" for
most corporate stations. I remember tuning them in when I was in
junior high to get an education in all things metal. They do a
great job with the show! You can listen for yourself Fridays on
105.5 FM and 88.5 FM
Al Collins is no stranger to the scene either. He played bass
for one of my all time favorite local hardcore bands Uphold. I
had their tape "Initiate" way back in the day. I wore
it out! He's a talented player, and a nice guy. His live tone
is killer, and his stage presence is as well. He's old school
to the bone, and I love it!
One of the most unique qualities this band has is the drumming
of Kanoo. The band is self described as death metal. Kanoo plays
single kick. I've never heard a death metal band without
double kick. Some might see this as a detriment, but this former
Meth and Goats drummer is amazing. He lays the smack down, and is
quick enough with one foot to rival many double kick players. He
does excellent cymbal work, and keeps the freight train rolling
full steam, with tasteful, thoughtful drumming.
Overall, the band is a great mix of different styles.
They're quality players who have a fun time entertaining
their audience. They have really cool shirts too! I
bought one! I'm going to try to catch these guys as much as I
can, and maybe even try to rope them into a show or two. Check
out their site at
That's all I've got for now.