Just a quick update this week, I'm afraid -- thanks to indefatigable writer (and token in-house Metal Dude) Scott W., we've got two brand-new reviews of two bands, both on cool-ass label Tee Pee Records, that're playing here in town this very weekend.
First up is Iron Age, a throwback metal crew from Austin who (to my ears, anyway) dive headlong over the line into old-school, Metallica-style thrash with tons of chugging guitars, albeit with more gravelly, growly vocals and some Mastodon-esque fantasy imagery. I accidentally caught the band once a year or two back, and while I wasn't blown away, they were pretty damn entertaining.
Scott checked out the band's latest, The Sleeping Eye, and had some thoughts of his own, some good & some bad; check out the full review here, and check out one of the tracks from the album below:
Iron Age - "Burden of Empire"
If you want to check out the metalheads live, they're playing this coming Sunday, August 30th, opening for Weedeater at Walter's on Washington alongside Dixie Witch (holy shit, they're still around?) & H-town's own (I think?) Bowel.
Then there's Nebula, who're playing here Monday, August 31st, again at Walter's (duh), headlining a show with The Entrance Band & locals The Trian Woodburns & Ghost Town Electric.
Scott checked these guys out, too, and was more impressed with the band's progression from its stoner-metal roots into poppier/trippier realms, which shows somewhat in the following track from new album Heavy Psych:
Nebula - "The Dagger"
To my ears, it's got way, way more Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone in it than Sabbath, and that's a very cool thing. It's always cool to see a band pushing its own limitations; check out the full review up here, listen to the track, then make plans to pretty much live at Walter's this weekend. (Well, maybe, anyway.)
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