An Introduction to Alaric and Atriarch.
Tonight's show took place at The First Church of The Buzzard with(Alaric/Atriarch/Swann Danger/Hazzard's Cure/Crucifixion). Alaric has become my favourite bay area band of late and tonight was certainly a clear indication of why. Their performance tonight was everything you could hope for as it was mesmerizing and aurally spectacular! Their crowd interaction and reaction was incredible. There was a literal moving dance pit amongst the crowd tonight! The raucously-quick-hipped-and-footed crowd tonight added a great sense of fun and invigoration, in otherwise Gloomy hearts. Just a great solid performance by an absolutely incredible band. They are extremely catchy, extremely talented and are just an all around incredible band serving up a new twist on the current Death Rock and Goth movement that is exploding within the upper echelon of bands in the Underground music scene. Such good things are in the works for these folks!
Another band tonight was Atriarch.
Phew, Atriarch are amazing. If you haven't heard of them yet, here's a chance to check them out Atriarch Band Camp. They hail from Portland, Oregon and They are taking the genre of Doom to a whole new level and transforming it into a new amalgamation of sheer intensity, blurring the lines between Death Rock and Doom and doing it very fucking well. I have been following these guys online even before their first tour, and watching them develop over the years has been quite rewarding as a fan. It's rare to find bands these days that you can have an emotional connection with, but this band is one that I certainly do so with, at least moreso than other bands as I was and am a really big fan of their previous bands(Graves at Sea & Trees). Infact, Graves at Sea are a big reason as to why I even play heavy music. So I perhaps may judge this band more than others but only because I know the complete potential that they are capable of and want to definitely see them accomplish it. They are right on the cusp of something really really profound and otherworldly. I cant wait to keep seeing what these guys are going to do next.
Going back to their first show in SF with my friends Blessure Grave(12/29/09), they blew me away that night. Over the past year and a half they have been honing their sound and developing into a band that has surpassed their predecessors in maturity and musicianship completely. They've ditched there predilection for Black Metal and stuck with what they do best, play heavy shrieking and crushing/intense well thought out hypnotizing Death-Rock-centric-Doom. Fucking so good.
Both of thee aforementioned bands will get their own blog post shortly! Tonight i foolishly forgot to pick up the Atriarch Cd on Seventh Rule Recordings, but I heard they were pressing it on vinyl as well as doing a split with Alaric in the near future, which undoubtedly is going to fucking rule and going to be added to my collection. And yeah, I broke my rule of not buying metal Vinyl but the Atriarch recording along with tonight's purchase of Graves at Sea "Documents of Grief" are just essential and are gonna look great next to that copy of "Sounds of Perseverance" when i finally get it.
Here's the flyer:
I will post vids of tonight's show when I find them, until then-here's a few links:
Atriarch Official Facebook
Alaric Official Facebook
Check these bands out