By now, you should know the drill.
We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should.
Today’s column comes from the band In The Company Of Serpents.
We are fortunate to be playing with tons of killer bands on our upcoming West Coast tour in March, and I wanted to use this space to spotlight 3 of my favorites. Two of them are pretty much brand new, and the third we’ve had the pleasure of playing with on two other occasions when they’ve come through Denver. In any case, let’s start with the newbies.
This California band should be on the radar of anyone who is into supremely heavy sludge with a generous dusting of death and doom. Their debut LP, Unremittance, is punishingly heavy, and will fit in nicely in your collection of Primitive Man and Fister records. Catch them with us on March 12 at the Complex in Los Angeles.
On the opposite end of the sonic spectrum from Teeth is Oklahoma’s Idre. They play an eerie breed of Americana which will resonate with fans of Earth and Barn Owl. The almost-whispered vocals add a spooky and memorable effect, while the guitar tone takes some queues from Neil Young’s Dead Man soundtrack. The overall result is nothing short of haunting. You can witness their nuanced performance juxtaposed with our caveman brute-force approach on March 20 at the Blue Note in Oklahoma City.
Ladybird have been around for a few years at this point, but they are relatively underground for reasons unknown to me. Everyone listening to sludge or doom should know this band. They play through a wall of amps and cabs that rivals the backlines of heavy hitters like Jucifer, and their breed of sludge is fanged and looking for blood. When describing them in the past to friends, I have often described them as sounding like an alternate-universe version of Weedeater that was weaned on biker speed, pulp horror comics and overall bad vibes instead of reefer and beer. You can bear witness to their misanthropic sludge on March 14 at 51 West in Tempe, Arizona, when they play with us and our buddies in TwinGiant.
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