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Harvest Fest at a Haunted House

Oct 7th, 2023, Mad Irishman and Kiva Productions gathered 10 bands from Southern New Mexico and El Paso, TX for Harvest Fest 2023 at Horror Hall Sky High Venue in Tularosa, NM. 2023 marks the 14th year this festival has happened, bringing together hard rock bands, music, food, and people selling their wares all with a horror twist. With bands named Honey and Virosa, Alien Rose, Imminent Oblivion, Mighty Demolitious, Theory 7, Shalem, Infernal Seer, Go Axe Alice, Aggressor, and Burning Sunday no wonder they hold this festival at a haunted house. With two stages set up, the fest provides the audience with constant music and spooky thrills.


Besides all the music and food, a matching white guitar and bass were being raffled off at the end of the night. As the music intensified and the excitement of raffle tickets being sold increased, darkness brought the opening of the haunt with jesters, clowns, and green-covered creatures, fire eaters, and werewolves. It truly felt like a festival at that time. With the sounds of heavy guitar riffs to chest-thumping drumbeats, each band has their own take on a song and style to their original music. The crowd cheered as the band Go Axe Alice hit the stage after a year away from performing due to major band changes, but they hit the stage sounding as if they had not skipped a beat.


The two last bands, Aggressor and Burning Sunday, the local favorites, are the driving force behind the rock music scene in Alamogordo. Aggressor, a heavy metal old-school hair band, brought the audience out of their seats and head-banging, horns being the theme of their performance. Then Bart Man, the Mad Irishman stirred up the crowd with amazing guitar riffs and funny stories, the crowd got louder and crazier as they stepped closer to the stage with each song waiting for him to pull the winning raffle tickets. Everyone was on their feet dancing, stomping to the music. When it came to pulling the winning raffle tickets the crowd turned silent until the number was read for both the guitar and the bass. After that, they ended the show with their usual song inviting previous members of the band, band members from the other bands, friends, and family to join them on stage to sing with them. Of the four years I have covered this fest this year was the best lineup so far.


HONEY AND VIROSA | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

ALIEN ROSE | FACEBOOK

IMMINENT OBLIVION | FACEBOOK

THEORY 7 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

SHALEM | FACEBOOK

INFERNAL SEER | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

GO AXE ALICE | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

AGGRESSOR | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

BURNING SUNDAY | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK
































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