Last Friday night (July 2), local metal bands got together at the Oasis to bang heads for the chance to open for nationally touring band Otep. It was a good chance to see what the Charleston metal scene has to offer.

The stage was a assaulted by full line-up of local angry dudes: Foraminis, Actuatus, Masticated, Mare of Steel, Alcoholicaust, The Sign of the Southern Cross, Eva, Red Skies, The 33’s, and Primo Noctis.

In the end, Actuatus took the main prize and will be opening for Otep with Iwrestledabearonce and Stray from the Path. Eva came close with second, and Mare of Steel got third.

The Sign of the Southern Cross and the 33s also came out strong.

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