The Doom Room Hosts Powerful Night of GORGASM at Lafayette Theater

Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LAFAYETTE, IN (June 2, 2017) – In a world where skinny jeans and man buns reign supreme quite often genres of music that don’t involve a banjo get lost by the wayside. Many bigger cities and college towns are being completely swallowed up by this stereotypical hipsterdom. Fortunately, though, there are still a few fans and venues out there keeping hope alive for bands that don’t contain a mouth harp aficionado. These men and women are the soldiers of electrified mayhem, and they came out in numbers to show their metal pride at the Lafayette Theater.

The Doom Room organized the event in classic Lafayette Metal style with hard-hitting openers setting the stage for the legendary men of GORGASM. Local metal icons, Breeding Filth, started the night off right. By the middle of their first track the crowd began pouring through the lobby onto the dance floor. The music was metal, and the fans were all magnets unable to avoid their target. The listeners continued steadily down to the front, and the pit was full before the first searing riff had time to melt even a single face.

LEGION took the stage next to a nearly full house courtesy of the amazing men of Breeding Filth. The standards for the night had already been set sky-high, but they would not disappoint. The artists brought their thrashing death metal miracles from Muncie, and handled their business like the true seasoned professionals they are. By the end of the set LEGION had mutated the audience into their own personal legion of synchronized head banging soldiers, and the intermission would be nowhere near long enough to defuse the riot.

There would be only one more set before the greatness of GORGASM. Psychotic Defilement would be the last opener, and they were definitely up to the task. Their performance was nothing if not inspired, and that inspiration must surely have come from the likes of Gwar or GG Allin. Mid-song the singer’s brute passion seemed to manifest in an Exorcist-like projectile regurgitation that made the crowd roar and cheer even louder. The band played on without even a flinch, and their carnal intensity continued throughout the duration of their songs.

Finally, the time for the headliner was near, and the electrified crowd’s anxiousness to mosh grew with a maniacal potency. The men behind the brutal death metal of GORGASM about to feed the crowd’s frenzy are Damian Leski on guitar/vox, Kyle Christman on drums, Anthony Voight on bass/vox, and Ryan Saylor on guitar. They began their set with an unparalleled ferocity. The music shot off the stage like a rocket launch, and hit the audience with full force impaling their brains through their ear canals. The bass throbbed deep with a metal erection that sodomized souls. The crowd became a mass of uncontrollable bodies writhing and running like bullet trains passing in the night. Their limbs no longer belonged to their brains, but were at the mercy of the GORGASM now pulsing through their veins.


The band continued their set with the same powerful fury throughout all their songs. They played many originals spanning different albums throughout their extraordinary career including a fan favorite from Bleeding Profusely as well as an amazing rendition of “Starved for Perversion” off their last album, Destined to Violate. The gentlemen of GORGASM displayed fervid passion for their music as well as for the other bands and their fans throughout the night, and they were just as forlorn to see it all end. Inevitably, though, their set came to a close, and the theater shut its doors for the evening one more time, but not for long. In no more than the blink of an eye or the length of a dream those faithful doors will be back open once again bringing even more love from The Doom Room as well as many others to that beautiful stage in the heart of Lafayette, Indiana.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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