The first week in May seems to be the time of heavy, awesome, metal-influenced rock in the Denver area. Before we even get the chance to recover from the crushing performance by Graveyard, Clutch and Mastodon at Red Rocks last Sunday, we are confronted with the almighty Solstafir out of Iceland and then Mothership headlining a show Thursday with some awesome local acts. Clear some time on you calendar for these awesome shows and read on for the low-down on the best events in metal to check out this week.
Solstafir @ Lost Lake Lounge – Tuesday, May 5th
We are lucky enough to have Solstafir, all the way from Iceland, gracing Denver with their presence this Tuesday. Solstafir’s odd and lilting blend of metal, psych rock, melody, and uique instrumentation is extremely compelling, and if you haven’t had the good fortune of checking out their music, you are missing out. They are currently on tour in support of their newest record entitled Ótta, and although this is probably their biggest record yet for the U.S. and they are just starting to gain a following over here, this is actually their fifth studio album. Usually when I hear music being described as so eclectic, I worry the final product may just sound like a mash-up or have no cohesion, but that is not the case here. All of their songs and albums tell a thorough story that draw the listener in, even if they aren’t completely familiar with all the sub-genres and sounds being blended. Ancient Wisdom, whom they are on tour with, will be opening the bill, making this show a real treat.
Who: Solstafir, Ancient Wisdom
Doors: 8:00PM/Show starts at 9:00PM
Cost: $15 in advance/$17 the day of
Mothership @ The Moon Room – Thursday, May 7th
In keeping with the theme of awesome metal-tinged rock shows, Mothership, the space rockers from Texas, will be taking the stage at The Moon Room. This band takes cues from where classic space rock groups like Hawkwind left off, but with their own, distinctly Texan blend of rock n’ roll. Opening the show will be Dirty Streets from Memphis whom they are on tour with and Cloud Catcher and The Munsens from Denver. Don’t miss out on this if you want to hear some nice and heavy rock n’ roll.
Who: Mothership, Dirty Streets, Cloud Catcher, The Munsens
Cost: $10 in advance/$12 the day of
The Contortionist @ The Marquis – Sunday, May 10th
By Aaron Lambert and Addison Herron-Wheeler
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