There isn’t much of a better way to start preparing for the holidays like a visceral, extreme metal show. Nothing screams cheery feelings and togetherness like angry music. Well, not really, but if the holidays aren’t your friend, sweat it out in a pit this November with Cave of Roses, Through the Eyes of Carrion and A Horrible Night to Have A Curse. This month’s Localized will transpire at The Cell Block on 1051 South and 300 West. As always, SLUG’s Localized is the second Friday of the month (Nov. 14) and five bones will get you in to witness the merry metal mayhem.
Photo by Ruby Johnson
Through the Eyes of Carrion:
Kyle Brown - Guitar, Vocals, Lyrics
Josh Lauscher – Drums
Cam Nash – Bass
I constantly try to get a handle on the majority of local metal bands, scenes and styles. The fact that I come across bands I haven’t heard of all the time is a testament to the massive number of bands in Utah. I had no idea that Through the Eyes of Carrion has been around for roughly a decade.
Kyle Brown, founding member of the band, has kept things going through the typical line-up turmoil. Drummer Josh Lauscher joined a few years ago, but exact dates weren’t exactly remembered.
The newest member, Cam Nash, joined roughly a year ago. “Friends kept telling me about Kyle, this longhaired, flip flop-wearing, banjo-picking metal-head, and they all compared me to him, even though he’s far superior to me musically,” says Nash, who also plays bass in Cave of Roses. Nash will be taking double duty for this month’s Localized show.
The band started as black metal and has evolved throughout the years into what the guys called “bladerthrash.” Roughly one-and-a-half years ago, the band released their debut full length The Passing through Blackmetal.com, a mail-order website that doubles as an independent label. The band states that the best way to experience their current sound is to see them live. TTEOC are hard at work in the studio, and have plans to release a new record in March.
“It’s not black metal, it’s not death metal and it’s not thrash. It doesn’t really fit a genre, so we’re not adhering to anyone’s scene. It’s kind of a dark death metal with doom,” Brown says.
“It’s psychedelic metal, that’s what I’d call it. Stuff that when you listen to it you’d want to pop a Xanax and drink a couple beers,” says Nash. Brown describes the crowd’s attempts to mosh to the band’s music as “like playing red light green light with a retard.”
“We definitely try to stray from the black metal scene. The music is good, but there is a lot of repetitiveness in it. The whole Satan, God sort of thing and corpse paint is overplayed and a joke,” Lauscher says.
The lyrical direction of the band is clear, though. Brown is inspired by misanthropy and the aspects of society and humanity, that he despises.
They don’t like to be stuck with a certain label tag or scene association. Nash jokes and describes the band as “flipflop metal,” and says that they “highly endorse smoking marijuana.”
Brown says, “We kind of take an antisocial direction in [our live show] too. We don’t tend to say too much to the crowd. We’re more or less there to play our music and let the audience enjoy it for themselves.”
Dare to come see the current creative process of metal scene veterans Through the Eyes of Carrion and Cave of Roses with A Horrible Night to Have A Curse at The Cell Block on Nov. 14. A $5 cover gets you in.
Photo by Ruby Johnson
Cave of Roses:
Drz – Drums
Rhett – Vocals, Guitar
Cam Nash – Bass
Skuller – IvoryDrz – Drums
When it comes to local metal, anyone remotely in touch with the scene can acknowledge the fact that there is a separation between genres. Certain bands won’t play with each other or even recognize another band as “true metal.” Cave of Roses, who have been playing the scene for close to seven years, know this and are quick to express their thoughts. They hope that by being open they can help bridge gaps and bring the scene together despite the musical and personal beliefs contained within.
“We could give a shit about the attitude that you’re supposed to have in metal, that you have to be black as fuck or metal as fuck. I think we’re a band that just likes to play and not have to worry about the style. We could care less about the attitude – it’s more about the music,” bassist Cam Nash says.
Like any band that has been playing for an extended period of time, changed lineups or switched things around, the band’s sound has evolved.“When Cave of Roses first started, it was more of a thrash band. When we made the lineup switches, we kind of changed our style toward using a lot of different influences. There is the Swedish style, American [and] even hardcore,” vocalist and guitarist Rhett says.
Cave of Roses may seem picky about what they want to officially release to fans and the metal world. In their existence, they have only released two official demos, and no full-lengths. The band gives plenty of reasons for this, but, with a solid lineup, their confidence in the music is growing. “I think we’re finally getting to the point where we’re getting to release the full-length,” Nash says. “Our writing is becoming more satisfying. We hope to have a full-length out by September of 2009.”
“We’re not the kind of band that will write eight songs and just put them out. When we started, we were a three-piece. It’s taken some time to get in the groove of our roles in the band,” Rhett says.
The band explains the fact that playing metal is easy, but playing it well is a challenge. Rhett breaks this ideology down by saying: “You could pick up and play a three-chord country song, or a three chord metal song easily. Playing a good song well is all about how serious you take the music and how much of your influences you put into your music. Not just one.”
“Metal is much more complicated and intensive than any other form of popular music right now – you have to be on your game to play metal well,” Nash says.
The band also notes that much of their writing process is being able to play the riff you hear in your own head.
“I think metal is the ultimate form of music,” says Rhett. “It infuses classical, rock and blues, and just about everything you can think of.”
The guys place a big emphasis on musicianship and the fact that they don’t rely on any image to get their intensity across. Drz reminisces about a time when two crowd members approached him after a show and said, “Dude it felt like Satan was in the room when you were playing. It was metal, it was crazy.”