The best DIY Shows in Denver in November
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SAT | RETOX at 7TH CIRCLE MUSIC COLLECTIVE | 11/2/13
Retox's Justin Pearson has been in a handful of the most respected punk and experimental bands for more than twenty years. He helped found hardcore band Struggle when he was fifteen. By 1994, that project was through, and Pearson was involved with the more noisy Swing Kids, while also starting his own record label, Three One G, and a power-violence outfit called the Locust. The latter continues to this day and has blurred the lines between death metal, power-violence, hardcore and noise rock. In 2011, Pearson teamed up with some friends, including the Locust's drummer Gabe Serbian to write and perform music in a more frenzied hardcore vein as Retox. One thing's for sure, Pearson and company aren't phoning it in. They're not revisiting a more glorious previous age so much as trying to create one here and now.
MON | TRANSIENT at RHINOCEROPOLIS | 11/4/13
Transient got off the ground in Portland, Oregon, in 2008. Fronted by Krysta Martinez, the band's particular strain of grindcore comes forth in urgent slabs of sound, like Martinez and her bandmates are carving off pieces of outrage out of a collective psyche and casting it out in an informal emotional exorcism. Clearly influenced by Napalm Death, but with a more obvious sense of humor, Transient hits hard but never with cruelty. In the summer of 2011, Transient was on tour with Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire when, like Clinging, it ran into trouble when a car jumped a highway median near Savannah, George, and collided with the band's vehicle, critically injuring Martinez. The band has since bounced back and is now touring ahead of the release of its debut full-length album.
MON | GHOSTS OF GLACIERS at 7TH CIRCLE MUSIC COLLECTIVE | 11/4/13
A bracing amalgamation of post-rock, progressive metal and a penchant for creating vast sonic landscapes, Ghosts of Glaciers came together when three young veterans of the punk and metal scenes in Denver aligned to form a band devoted to their diverging musical interests. Immediate comparisons of the band's sound could be drawn to the likes of Isis, Red Sparrowes and Jesu, but there's an unexpected jazz sensibility to Ghosts' flowing structures, suggestive of the subtleties of the movements of its namesake. Dreamy but heavy, stark in its beauty, Ghosts of Glaciers is the kind of band that bridges the gap between ambient and rock with the visceral impact of its songwriting and performances.
TUES | FOREST KINGDOM at RHINOCEROPOLIS | 11/5/13
Abiku, the experimental, outsider pop band from Baltimore, has yielded two noteworthy successor projects with the heavy electronica outfit CURSE! and the more aggressive and dark techno-oriented Forest Kingdom, now based out of Philadelphia. Far more menacing than Abiku, Forest Kingdom isn't industrial, it isn't gothic, it isn't "witch house," but it is just very visceral electronic music, like a punk band that dispensed with guitar in favor of a synthesizer, but without ditching a certain EBM melodic sensibility. The group's 2012 album Eldritch is a good document of the truly unique blend of sounds showcase how this band is aiming for originality without shouldering a desperate burden of doing so.