In what could easily be the biggest news to hit the metal scene since Dimebag bit the bullet, literally, local metal band Malakai is black! I mean Malakai is back! Back in black!
The snarling beast of a black/death/grind band formed in 2004 with the Black Sheep's own Chris Forsythe on the mic, Joe Gaydos on bass, veteran beat master Jameson Becker on drums, and Jon Saultz doing some ridiculously wicked guitar shit. And like a flesh-starved zombie, it hastily clawed its way into the hearts and brains of metal fans across the state.
With a bizarre string of successes — including being voted 2005's Best Popular Music Group by the Pikes Peak Arts Council, sharing the stage with numerous underground metal gods (Cattle Decapitation, Machine Head, Zao, Otep, Chimaira, etc.), and being featured in a pornographic video tape (their music, not them, thank gawd!) — things looked pretty sweet for Malakai. But with Joe's 2007 return to the East Coast, and Jameson's badass drumming skills getting "poached" by -itis, the band went on a temporary hiatus.
Now, with the addition of a couple of highly capable metalheads, drummer Todd Morrison (Grindscape, Seven Year Coma) and bassist Brian Voorhies (Chebedda, Intake, the Color Insane), Malakai is once again ready to get up in your guts. It will be making its first public appearance this Saturday, July 11, at the Black Sheep, with Execration, Another Shade of Hate and Khrinj opening. Sickness!
Friday night, however, presents a little bit of a problem. Luckily it's one of those "two shows, one night" kinds of problems, which ain't so bad to have. Firstly, the Rocket Room's playing host to Wayne "The Train" Hancock and Jo Buck Yourself. Hancock, if you don't know, has been described as "the master of hillbilly swing," often by folks as reputable as Hank Williams III and Joe Ely. And if you don't know Joe Buck Yourself from his role as the insane lead guitarist for the Legendary Shack Shakers, or as Hank III's evil stand-up sidekick, well, watch out, man! Now he is a full-fledged, one-man wrecking ball of psychobilly punk rock!
Which brings us to the second part of our little problem, you see, because just a few hundred yards north at the Triple Nickel Tavern, there will be no fewer than three — yes three — more "one-man" bands, no less evil, and certainly just as insane. (As only one-man bands can be.) Acting as a teaser for Saturday's inaugural Denver International One-Man-Band Fest at Three Kings Tavern (myspace.com/denverone), the Triple Nickel show will feature the talents of Reverend Deadeye's No Man Gospel Band from Denver, London's Honkeyfinger, and most amazingly, the lovely and talented Two Tears (aka Kerry Davis, rock 'n roll Queen), who dragged her rig all the way from her home in the United Arab Emirates. (What, you've never been?!)
The Three Kings show will have all that, plus Reverend Beat-Man of Bern, Switzerland; the nomadic Mosquito Bandito; Tom VandenAvond of Austin, Texas; the Limbs of Denver; and the Uno Lady of Cleveland. Oh baby, rock 'n roll in its most primitive form — is there nothing more sacred?
Thanks for listening, smell you next week!