You feel that heat out there, darkhearts? Were those global warming hippies on to something? Or is that just the rise of the inevitable wrath of the great and mighty Cthulhu, awakening to swallow our souls? Either thought is kind of depressing, so shun the outside I say! Grab a tasty beverage, take a comfy seat, and let Napalm Flesh regale you with its tales of metal badassery. Being out in the sun is for jocks and butterflies, anyway. This week, we sit down with guitarist Dez Nagle of prog-metal group The Safety Fire, who stopped in town on April 6 with their bros from Protest the Hero. Plus, we have your usual cavalcade of metal reviews from Aura Noir, Deathhammer, Heidevolk, Hellvetron, Primal Rock Rebellion and your weekly calendar of doom!
compiled by Bryer Wharton
Enjoy your Friday the 13 with a hefty dose of extreme metal. Sacrificial Slaughter, Blessed Curse and Monolith (all from CA) with locals Adipocere, Incediant and Gravetown will be killing all the camp counselors that dabble in pre-marital coitus and drug usage at Wasted Space (342 South State) in Salt Lake. $8 gets you in (21+), tunes around 7 p.m and the show is being presented by Utah Death Metal (UTDM.
Also Friday, in Payson, UT the “Girth Tour” with A Balance of Power, Riksha, Guttshot and Foreseen Exile plays The Wee Blue Inn (21+). $5 gets you in, music at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, Merlins Beard is playing CD release show with a plethora of local talent, including Gunfight Fever, Machines of Man, Danny the Skeleton Horse, Stormalong, Castleaxe, Mr. Richter and Hazards Runway. The show will take place at the Basement in Ogden. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., music at 6 p.m. $5 advance, $7 at the door.
Also Saturday, Burt’s (21+) hosts Wizard Rifle, Cornered by Zombies, Oldtimer and Laser Weasel. $6 gets you in, tunage around 8 p.m.
Option number three for Saturday’s massive metalness: Sepultura headlines at In The Venue with Death Angel, Krisiun and Havok with local support from Arsenic Addiction and Dead Vessel. Tickets $20-22 are available for this all-ages show. Sepultura and Death Angel will also be making an in-store autograph signing appearance at the Heavy Metal Shop at 4 PM.
On Wednesday, April 18 The Decibel Magazine tour featuring Behemoth (check out our print feature here http://www.slugmag.com/articles/3451/Behemoth.html), Watain, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude play the Grand at the Complex (all ages). Tickets are $22, doors open at 6 p.m. Behemoth is also scheduled do make an in-store signing at the FYE located at 5526 S. Redwood Road at 5 PM.
Interview with The Safety Fire Guitarist Derya “Dez” Nagle
Hailing from London, progressive metal band The Safety Fire may be newer on the scene than their tour mates, but they’ve already made waves with their 2009 EP “Sections”, their special brand of pop-influenced prog metal, and a reputation for a face-melting, energetic live show. Napalm Flesh caught up with guitarist Dez Nagle before their set at In The Venue on April 6th (opening for Protest the Hero, Periphery and Jeff Loomis) to find out how the band is enjoying their first visit to the States, and hear more about their new release Grind The Ocean.
SLUG: How has the tour been so far? Is everyone as hilarious as they seem?
Dez Nagle: They’re awesome; everyone’s been getting on really well. We couldn’t think of a better tour music-wise. We were so happy about that. We knew the Periphery guys from touring in Europe before with them, but the Protest guys and Jeff Loomis and Today I Got The Plague we just met at the start of this. Everyone’s just one big happy family and helps each other out, there’s no egos or anyone causing any havoc, it’s been great.