The band name Murder By Death may sound like a brutally chunky death metal band, but they couldn’t be further from it. Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of watching this Indiana five-piece play to a raucous and almost completely sold out Crocodile crowd. While certainly not “metal,” the band sure is heavy, but not in the way you might imagine—lead guitarist and vocalist Adam Turla commands the audience with his passionate, hard-hitting lyrics, combining Johnny-Cash like harmonies with a sort of indie-like delicacy, all the while, keeping things up-beat with a true rock n' roll flare. Perfect whiskey drinking music.
The following night, I dumbed things down a bit over at El Corazon. We all have our guilty pleasures, our palate-cleansers, if you will. Some of us dive head first into reality shows to numb our overworked minds, some read celebrity gossip. Me, I go for dumb, ignorant mosh metal. I know. There is no way you can really take a band like the Acacia Strain seriously. Their by-the-books chugga chugga moshcore sound doesn’t do much in the line of musical progression, and their over the top, “I hate the world” lyrics are far from groundbreaking (they’re, at times, laughable), but it sure is fun to watch a band that just doesn’t give a single fuck making loud music for the sake of making loud music, having fun and inspiring the legions of mosh warriors to fight the invisible ninja.
Without question, this is the perfect weather for a night of doom. With the lightning and thunder raging and the rain pouring, there is no better time to check out something heavy. Lucky for us, the almighty YOB will be bringing their crushing riffs to Chop Suey tonight alongside Tad and his current device of destruction, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, and one of my current favorite local bands, Bell Witch.
In case you missed out on Baroness last weekend at Bumbershoot, you have a second chance to check them out—that is, if you can make it out to The Gorge sometime this afternoon. These dudes are playing Pain In The Grass, a yearly music festival put on by 99.9 FM KISW. Stick around for a couple up-and-coming bands called Alice In Chains and Jane’s Addiction. See you in the mud pit.