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Friday, January 18, 2013

Bonded By Blood: One Heavy Weekend

Posted by on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Crushing. That one word alone perfectly describes the sound brought forth by French metallers Gojira. Since releasing their debut, Terra Incognita back in 2001, they’ve been writing punishingly heavy yet complex and melodic metal that lives outside all pre-determined genre boundaries. It’s fitting then, that their tour mate is none other than the mad scientist of metallic weirdness, Mr. Devin Townsend. “Heavy Devy” is the former front man of thrashy death metallers Strapping Young Lad, but these days he plays everything from melodic pop-rock to jazzy-tech-death in the Devin Townsend Project. Both bands will be playing Studio Seven Sunday night, which brings up an interesting question… which of these bands should headline?

Personally, I’d prefer a full headlining set by Gojira, as it’s been more than four years since they last toured through Seattle. I know how those DTP fans get, though. They’re nerdy, obsessed and demand their Devin.

After months of anticipation, the Quicksand show is finally here. Not familiar with Quicksand? Well, after posi-posterboys Gorilla Biscuits disbanded in 1992, guitarist Walter Schreifels (also of Rival Schools) broadened his aim a bit, hit the distortion pedal and wrote a four song EP that pushed the boundaries of what one might call “hardcore,” adding groovy riffs, slowed down tempos and a whole bunch of '90s alternative awesomeness. Call it post-hardcore for lack of a better term. They went on to write two great records, Slip and Manic Compression, only to break up in 1995. This past summer they played a quick surprise set for Revelation Records anniversary show in Southern California, and with that, it was on. I apologize in advance if I ended up standing near you, as my voice isn’t exactly pitch-perfect, but fuck it…I’ll be singing along to every word at the top of my lungs.

Make sure you save some dough for Tuesday, though, as Southern-rock super group Down will be headlining at Showbox at the Market. Down features former Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo crooning alongside former and current members of Crowbar, Eyehategod and Corrosion of Conformity. Now that’s a heavy resume. There’s a lot more to it than just sheer heaviness though, they play bluesy metal that’s both soulful and burley, destructive yet refined. The perfect accompaniment to a massive bong rip to the dome.

 

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