Sometimes, one must sit back and marvel at the variety of music—especially metal—that exists in SLC. SLUG is proud to tap two bands who represent different faces of metal: power-proggers Disforia and Western thrashers Dead Revelator. Come see them and Founders of Ruin at June’s Localized showcase at Urban Lounge on Friday the 13th for a measly $5! The show is 21+ and sponsored by Fat Tire, Spilt Ink and KRCL 90.9 FM.
While Salt Lake’s metal scene thrives on its variety, there hasn’t been a band that has so starkly represented the city’s unique roots as Dead Revelator. The band introduces an engaging mix of traditional rock and metal elements with a Western tinge, which is a description that is hard to quantify if you haven’t heard it. But it exists, a distant cousin to the popular Southern blues tradition of bands like Down and Crowbar. According to guitarist Graeson Thorpe, where Southern metal pulls from blues, Western pulls from classic country traditions. The result is metal made just for the frontier-taming, gun-slinging, fiercely independent crowd—the descendants of the Wild West. It’s metal tailored to Utah. “I just love country guitar, and it bleeds through in my writing process,” says Thorpe. “Something about bending a major third to a perfect fourth has this really twangy, unique country sound, and I use that a lot. I figured it was more unique.”