Orbweaver's Randy Piro Lists Notable Metal Acts From Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties

Randy Piro is sort of the orchestrator of Orbweaver, an experimental psych-metal band that's currently working on music for a new album. The Broward native, formerly of Gigan and Hate Eternal, hand-picked some of the best musicians in the tricounty area to work with him on this, his newest project. This includes Sally Gates, who played with Gigan and Success Will Write the Apocalypse Across the Sky;

Brad Lovett of Slashpine; and bassist Jason Ledgard.

"There's definitely two different scenes," Piro says of the musical activity across county lines. "In Miami, you have more what I'd call the artsy stuff, like Shroud Eater and Holly Hunt -- the more esoteric, conceptually involved bands. And then in Broward, you have more, for lack of a better word, brutal bands," he explains. "There are two scenes, but they're so separate from each other. 

"I grew up in the '90s, when Florida was the world capital for metal," he says. "I'd like to see that again. I'm still a metal kid at heart." He's hoping that all the area's acts will join forces to compete with cities like Chicago, Portland, and L.A. that currently hold the most power of metal. It's not like we're lacking in talent down here. Piro proves this by listing some of the best acts in the genre that South Florida has to offer. 

Shroud Eater
Piro says of the two ladies and man on drums, "I fucking love that band."

"So creepy, so dark, so weird," he notes of the Miami trio.  

Holly Hunt
Of Beatriz Monteavaro and Gavin Perry: "Goddamn

killer. They are the black-and-white stick drawing of metal. Stripped

down to the two things you need: a kickass guitar riff and some drums."

"Every time I watch them, I feel like it's 1992 again and Terrorizer's on stage or something."

The Tunnel
Of this new band, Piro raves, "Two

dudes from Venezuela. It's not really metal, but it's some of the

heaviest stuff. Literally, they're one of my favorite bands right now.

Weird, awesome shit."

Nuclear Infantry

"They rule."


The Toilets
He called the Toilets an amazing band. We agree. 

Other noteworthy acts: There's also Wrongful Death, of which Piro says, "They're these kids, like 18-, 19-year-old kids. They do this death metal technical shreddy stuff." There's also Suns of the Morning Star, Manifest Test Subject, 440, and VCR.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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