Thursday, January 27, 2011

0 THIS WEEKEND: Two Nights / Two Killer Shows at the Josephine

This weekend the only place to be is Ballard, more specifically the Josephine. Tomorrow night Lesbian attempts something I do not believe (correct me if I’m mistaken please) they have ever attempted -- the recreation of the drone-laden mind fuck known as, “Fungal Abyss” -- a tour EP released back in 2007 on Dead Accents. This show should be an all around different experience compared to the usual monstrosity of sound the band is known for, but that’s not to say that “Fungal Abyss” doesn’t have its ear splintering surprises. I’m expecting it to be a full house so get there early (show at 8:30pm) because a majority of Lesbian’s ever growing fan base knows exactly how rare this opportunity is. Merch alert: The band has also commissioned a limited number of hand screen printed shirts and posters to mark the occasion.

Also, on this amazing bill are two of Seattle’s trippiest bands, not-to-mention best kept secrets in This Blinding Light and Midday Veil. Both of these mystical bands are capable of taking concert goers on a stimulating and hallucinogenic aural adventure. I’d say just relax and enjoy the ride.

Saturday is a different story and certainly a different vibe. Enter three of Seattle’s best up and coming heavy bands, all of which appeared in my recent “Bands to Watch in 2011” posts. Curse of the North is a polished metal beast, who has penned some seriously rip-roaring and anthemic tunes thus far. It’s safe to say that famed local producer Matt Bayles chooses his projects wisely, and the fact that he worked on their initial demos is saying quite a lot.

Grenades, is another up and coming tour de force that has been turning heads around town in recent times. Grenades bring a blistering sound to the table that relies heavily on a crushing yet technical hardcore foundation. Bottom line is Grenades will rattle the Josephine’s foundation with pure intensity. Last but now least, Princess, the new band featuring ex-members of The Keeper and Mobile Slaughter Unit brings shreddy riffs, manic kit work, gut-wrenching screams, and an intrinsic showmanship to the table. Overall, this night should be filled with plenty of vitamin R, massive riffs, and rad local metal heads like yourself. Hope to see you out.

*Unfortunately Consulate was forced to cancel this gig, but they will back in action Feb. 27th at the Funhouse.

Words by Nik Christofferson


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