If you’re in need of a metal dosage this weekend, retro-thrash act Toxic Holocaust is headlining a 21+ show at Club Vegas (444 S. 400 W.) on Saturday the 22nd. Local support comes from Killbot, Toxic Dose, Written in Fire and Burn Your World. Tickets, are $10 and tunes get underway around 8 p.m.
If you’re a fan and not of age to hit the bar, Raunch Records in Sugarhouse is hosting an in-store signing/meet & greet/etc. with Toxic Holocaust at 2 p.m. that same day.
SLUG: How would you describe the sound of your band to someone who has never heard it before?
Shadowseer: Heavy metal inspired not only by the celebrated greats of metal, but also a wide range of music. We do not like to limit ourselves to one specific type or genre of metal. The greatest thing about Shadowseer’s music is that it incorporates characteristics from several different types of metal. This results in a welcome and familiar sound, with a creative and energetic twist.
SLUG: Do you have any recorded material available to buy/purchase/listen too? If so where can people pick it up/hear it? Do you have any recording plans?
Shadowseer: Yes, you can purchase a hard copy of our debut album "In the Company of Evil" through our website http://shadowseerband.com. It is also available for direct download on iTunes and Amazon.com.
SLUG: What is the mental mindset of your band? Basically, what is your band trying to convey to listeners?
Shadowseer: We are all here for different reasons personally, but our love of music and the thrill of being onstage unites us. We work hard everyday to get our music out there to as many as we possibly can. Our dream is to be like our idols who can create and perform music that has a real impact on people’s lives.
SLUG: How do you feel about being part of the metal scene in Utah? If there’s anything you’d like to see change in the local “scene” what would it be?
Shadowseer: We are honored to be a part of the SLC metal scene and pride ourselves on it. We are all brothers—we all know who we are. There's only a handful of metal bands in this area, but it is growing, and we are a relatively new addition. The biggest change we would like to see is to have there be more support of local music. There are some amazing artists in our state that should be a larger part of the culture.
SLUG: What do you think makes your band unique not just to locals, but the metal scene entirely?
Shadowseer: Everyone in the band has a very eclectic and exciting music background. Shadowseer is a wonderfully blended mixing bowl of ideas that will reward listeners with captivating, multi-layered music. We are all inspired by different artists and that shows up in our writing.
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Ghost = Blue Oyster Cult + Pagan Altar + Black Sabbath
Bands going retro is nothing new. Ghost goes back to the ‘70s musically with the nine songs that make up Opus Eponymous. If you were to focus on the majority of Ghost’s tunes strictly in the musical fashion, it’s really mostly a throwback to the pleasing, more pop-sensible hard rock of the ‘70s. The guitar distortions and soloing are light and airy. The keyboard work, however, lends to more sinister tones. The singer has been compared to King Diamond in his Mercyful Fate days, but the band more resembles another group of ‘70s rock icons—yep, Blue Oyster Cult, I’m talking about you. Ghost almost emulates that attitude of the famous BOC tune “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” creating music that contains dark subject matter but retaining an almost happy vibe to it all. Ghost is great in ample doses, but it’s not really an album to spin on repeat—that is, unless you’re pretty damn high. Ghost offer some perfectly chill rockin’ tunes (“Death Knell,” “Con Clavi Con Dio,” and “Prime Mover”), which is fine and dandy if that’s what you’re in the mood for, but as the whole “retro” thing moves forward, the more I get annoyed. I’m off to rock some “Astronomy” or “Godzilla.” –Bryer Wharton
Acid Witch = Cathedral + Hooded Menace + Black Sabbath + Coffins
On the surface, just by judging the band name and album title, one might assume Acid Witch is just another doom/stoner band. What lies in wait on Stoned, Acid Witch’s second full-length album, is more than just a standard doom/stoner record, though. The tunes are just as much about atmosphere as they are substance, with the great ability to appeal to fans of multiple genres. It’s not crossover in any way, but it does bear influences from many styles, old-school death, classic doom and more. Stoned is a perfect combination of songwriting and atmosphere—the grizzled, downtuned grooves are plentiful, and so are the howling leads and guitar solos. The album, even in CD and digital formats, has the great quality of sounding like you’re spinning a dusty old LP. Add quite a few songs that utilize some keyboard and creepy elements—including the beginning/intro song which sounds highly inspired from Goblin’s work on the Suspiria film soundtrack—all glued together by a vocalist that sounds like he’s gurgling on thumbtacks, and you have an idea what lies in wait. Yes, there’s plenty of death/doom acts breaking the scene, but Acid Witch really doesn’t sound like any of them. This is an album I’ll be spinning regularly for an ultimately fun, downright heavy and deviously fun metal experience. –Bryer Wharton
Nadiwrath = Dodsferd + Darkthrone + Nattefrost
From the man that is behind the mighty and ugly Greek black metal force Dodsferd comes Nadiwrath, who give a giant middle finger to last year. I know it’s only January, but being first at something is good, and Nihilistic Stench is the first black metal album of the year to own. The sound here is not only what you’d expect for a three-piece black metal band, but it’s definitely expected from the extremely hateful Wrath (the man that is Dodsferd). Joining Wrath is Nadir (I get the inkling that’s where the band got it’s name). There is no bass guitar on this album and really, I love it, the guitar sounds like somebody plugged a Jack Lalanne Juicer directly into a nuclear power plant, filled it full of rocks, and let it loose. The guitar-playing has an uncanny ability, combined with the drums, at keeping the rhythm nice and violent while also creating memorable moments in songs, notably on “Two Face Shit Fuckers,” or “Another Pimping Whore.” Nihilist Stench does a fantastic job at taking a raw, pissed-off hardcore/punk/D-beat attitude and making it distinctly black and pissed-the-hell off. The band is the result of what would come out the other side of a black hole that D.R.I. got sucked through. And to cap the album off in a really odd way, further notioning that middle-finger factor, is “Memories Are Dead,” which actually brings a somber and melodic end to an album that is a shit-storm of anger. –Bryer Wharton