Micawber Melts Faces at High Noon Saloon’s Wisconsin Metal Fest—The Witching Hour Review

By Bradley J. Burt

Madison, Wis.—High Noon Saloon featured one of the best metal bands hailing from the north winds who showed up to the Capitol Jan. 10 to melt faces and did. They are from Two Rivers, Wis. who call themselves “Micawber.”

Micawber put on an impressive show blowing away Madison-area bands. After sticking around for the headliner after the Micawber set, I headed for the door after the change over in disappointment. Madison dance metal could not hold their end of the social contract being featured by High Noon Saloon’s “Wisconsin Metal Fest.” Strike one goes to High Noon Saloon for hosting Madison mishaps. Being a metal band is about being the means to produce quality original musical bedlam, not modes of electronica and poorly tuned snares—totally not metal. Now Micawber, on the other hand, brought the metal.

WI metal fest

High Noon Saloon kicked out early birds who were forced to stand out in the elements as ice sheets came down.

  • Strike two for poor quality venue ethics. Buyer beware—show up on time if you plan to see any bands.
  • You will be spending the next day recovering from getting soaked in subzero temperatures.
  • High Noon Saloon scored a flawless victory for being a Madison-area metal fan adversary.

Micawber Merch table

Micawber started out the show working their merchandise table. Great dudes who interacted with fans. T-shirts were fairly priced and multi-colored that made for an incredible score to help continue funding the touring efforts of the band.

Fans can buy Micawber merch here.

Micawber tours the globe through national record label “Prosthetic Records.” Their fans brought the venue down with an all-out moshpit circle that engulfed those who were there to watch. Micawber is loved by fans on YouTube as well. Check out Youtubers who support them. Great group of dudes who melt faces with metal. Stop by and give them a shoutout on Facebook.

Micawber on Facebook can be found here.

The Witching Hour Micawber Review—the band, the myth, the legend.

Critics are everywhere. Fans of death metal are relentless. Musicians who play death metal are ruthless and aggressive when judging live performance. The Witching Hour takes on a different aspect by looking into songwriting from a cultural and pragmatic aspect versus live performance.

The sound at High Noon Saloon was weak and am not grading Micawber on sound. Strike Three for poor sound quality. The overhead speakers barely picked up the drums and guitars were hard to hear. Our scout was on the scene last night who went live via a smartphone where the Witching Hour first impression was taken.

The second review came from the use of a Go-Pro 4K. Again, the sound quality was subpar through overheads. High Noon’s subs were cutting out and made reviewing performance difficult. Micawber gets a blast beat 10/5 stars for making the audience circle pit the entire venue as a result of High Noon’s default.

  • Overcoming impossibility starts with fan interaction.
  • Bad sound always makes a first and lasting impression.
  • Micawber’s “Beyond the Reach of Flame (2018)” video and sound will be reviewed instead.
  • The band’s legendary status dispells myths death metal is dead.

The myth? Death metal is great for veterans who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Witching Hour seeks to survey vets who end up in the University of Wisconsin to collect communications research and Micawber is one of our featured experimental bands.

The Legend: If you are currently serving, take a minute to tune in and scream along when times of crisis arrive. Cultures use myth as a form of religious persecution.  The satanic and occult subversive and dismissive methods used by organized religion labels death metal bands as outcasts dismissing veteran adaptive aid in times of crisis. Vikings used catharsis and Norse legend to conquer in battle. Death metal is a pragmatic art and the Micawber legend definitely lives up to the face-melting religious prototype.

Micawber’s ax-wielding sweep picking mastery meets the listener’s ear with destroying double bass delivery. Micawber has been an amazing band from day one. The Wisconsin metal scene continues to thrive as a result of their efforts.

“Beyond the Reach of Flame (2018)” as a song in general masks the era of Wisconsin death metal prototypes found in the early years at the Rave’s Milwaukee Metal Fest. Micawber’s song-writing mastery exceeds the expectations of every death metal critic. Death metal musicians and their criticism can be harsh and brutal, which makes Micawber stand out even more. Micawber melts the face of every critic and will always be a featured band weekly on the Madison College server available for all who are serving across the globe.

The Wisconsin Metal Fest at High Noon Saloon was a low-cost show of an affordable ten dollars. Micawber was worth every cent. The venue sound, staff and booking were awful. The Madison-area bands did not bring the metal. If standing out in a blizzard to catch Wisconsin’s best metal act is your thing—by all means go to the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wis. to be treated like garbage and sit through ear bleeding electronica, poorly tuned snares and subs that cut in-and-out. Micawber made the trip out in the blizzard worth it and hope all continue to support this great band as they tour for Prosthetic Records.



The Witching Hour Kicks Off in January on Madison College Clarion Radio

The Madison College spring semester kicks off in two weeks along with a newly formatted show featuring Wisconsin death metal acts to entertain our troops who are checking in.

What is the Witching Hour? The Madison College Clarion Broadcast General Manager’s show sharing stories about being in the band, living up to the myth by being a legendary drummer at Appleton West High School class of ’93. We are creating a soundtrack for Documentary Storytelling through Blog-casting.

The Witching Hour Blog

The Witching Hour Blog-cast is a prototype for the Outpost 422 entry in the Madison College Challenge. We are pursuing our startups to write a documentary that interacts with our Facebook audience. The documentary will be called “Batshark—the Mike Fleury Story.”

We are assembling Wisconsin death metal musicians to pay their respects who will be session musicians for benefit shows through the Life is a Landmine Tour Mike Fleury helped get off the ground. The Witching Hour format selects songs from his favorite bands around Wisconsin.

Go to The Clarion Broadcast General Manager’s Facebook page and drop a comment requesting songs or giving a shout out to the troops here: https://www.facebook.com/clarionradio


The Witching Hour

What can listeners expect? An in-depth overview of how death metal songs develop from prototypes from the ’90s commonly heard at Apple Emporium in Appleton, WI, which closed its doors never to be seen or heard from again, thus vanishing into a myth. Apple Emporium was a legendary place where teens gathered to play hacky sack and plan opportunities to explore the Necronomicon. Listeners can expect nothing short of the most brutal death metal being played on Saturdays from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. at clarionradio.com.

Do expect to hear masterpiece engineered music followed by stories of myths and legends. The Witching Hour also investigates what bands are playing in the Madison, WI, and Capitol area. Our first featured story talks about a Two Rivers, WI band who is being backed by a major record label called “Prosthetic Records.” The Witching Hour featured band “Micawber” will be sure to turn many heads as they develop as seasoned musicians and masters of their craft. Check out their video featured below:

Please do tune in and support the Wisconsin music scene. Our efforts across the state will be used for the University of Wisconsin communications research to end veteran suicide through a method called “warrior catharsis.” Screaming along with death metal cruising down the highway is therapeutic when panic sets in. Let out the frustration through channeling dark energies to turn critical moments around 180 degrees.