Try Redemption with Grindscape and Kronow Classics, 5943 Delmonico Drive Friday, May 19, 7 p.m. All ages; $10 under 21, $3 ages 21 and up. Call 260-7057 for more info.
Black clothing? Check. Somber expressions? Check. Amps cranked to 11? Hell yes.
Local metalheads Try Redemption adequately fill all the hard-rockin' requirements, and then some. The band formed in 2000, after previous incarnations as Nefarious and Aximuth. Since then, they've been haunting Colorado rock venues and gathering a fan base.
"We really love doing it," says guitarist John Peterson. "The best feeling we get now is when we're onstage, and our singer starts saying the name of the song, and the crowd finishes it. Or when kids ask to sing with our singer."
The vocals on tunes like the gloomy stomp-along "Contemplating Death" sound akin to "Raawrr! Rawwrrr!" so any crowd participation is a testament to fan devotion.
The hyperfast drumming is tight, the riffs are raw, and the energy definitely is present. Toss in disarmingly melodic jazz basslines (jazzcore?) on songs like "God Says No" from Confessions of a Tortured Soul, and you've got yourself a metal band that actually maintains your interest after the moshpit.
Joined by his brother James Peterson on drums, Jon Daigle on guitar, Chris Walker on vocals and Chris Walter on bass, Peterson says the reason Try Redemption works so well is because of the various influences of each member, as well as their friendship.
"You've got to seriously trust each other," Peterson says.