Welcome to Napalm Flesh! This week, we have a quick preview of Crucial Fest, the local music festival that kicked off last night and runs through this weekend and next. With dozens of local and national bands of multiple genres playing at various venues throughout Salt Lake, it is truly an exciting event for our city. Also included are reviews of new music from Homewrecker, Lord Mantis and Pleasant Living, as well as a listing of this week’s metal happenings.
Compiled by Bryer Wharton
Friday, June 22 Visigoth plays Burt's (21+) with Year of the Wolf, Dethblo and Castleaxe. $7 at the door, music at 9 pm.
Saturday, June 23 in Ogden, Blood of Saints, Incidious and Arsenic Addiction play Kamikazes (21+). $5 at the door, music underway after 8 pm.
Satuday, June 23, Club Expose (21+) hosts Moon of Delirium, Apidocere, Gravetown and Odium Totus. $5 gets you in, music after 8:30 pm.
Monday, June 25 touring band Ambassador Gun headlines Burt's (21+) with Minx, Blue Ox and the Red Bennies. $5 gets you in, tunes underway around 9 pm.
Thursday, June 28 Valient Thorr headlines In The Venue (all ages) with fellow touring bands Holy Grail and Royal Thunder with locals the Kickass and Merlins Beard. Tickets are $13, doors open at 7 pm.
Ten Crucial Fest Picks
Subrosa @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
Crucial Fest 2012 marks the first full-band performance from Subrosa in over a year. The group gained heaps of praise locally, nationally and internationally for No Help for the Mighty Ones, their thunderous album released last year by Profound Lore Records. Notable for their female vocals and sharp, otherworldly violins that cut through a thick layer of doom metal, Subrosa's live show is something that should not be missed.
Witch Mountain @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
Hailing from Portland, Witch Mountain combines the pounding force of doom with the powerful, soulful vocals of Uta Plotkin. Witch Mountain recently released their new album Cauldron of the Wild via Profound Lore Record, and it's already stacking up piles of positive reviews.