Colorado has become nearly synonymous with craft breweries, as multitudes continue to pop up all across the state. Less well-known are our state's offerings in the vein of black metal. Luckily, everything must converge in time, and the Manitou-based psychedelic black-metal duo Helleborus is here to offer the best of both worlds.
The band, led by brothers Jerred and Wyatt Houseman, is celebrating its new album, The Carnal Sabbath, along with a new beer from Black Sky Brewery, called "Ritual," on July 15 at Denver's Bluebird Theater.
"The amount of support we've had on the release of The Carnal Sabbath has been very humbling," says Wyatt, who handles vocals and lyrics. "As for Ritual, it will be a blue spruce saison, full of earthy and floral flavors. I recently harvested the baby blue spruce tips up near the Red Rock Group Campground in Woodland Park, and brought them to Black Sky to be infused in the beer."
When not hand-harvesting ingredients for saisons, the brothers Houseman have shared stages with such genre heavyweights as Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation and Soreption. You can catch Helleborus closer to home at the Black Sheep on July 19, along with Ghost Bath, Underling and He Whose Ox Is Gored.
Meanwhile, great news for local aficionados of blues-rock. Colorado native guitarist Austin Young, a fixture of the local electric blues scene, is celebrating the release of his new album, Not So Simple, with a show at Stargazers Theatre on Saturday, July 16. The self-taught Young and his band are currently in the midst of a summer tour, including plentiful stops in Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, and a show with Matthew Curry at Denver's Oriental Theater.
As for a rundown of other notable musical offerings for the week:
Wednesday, July 13, brings Spawnbreezie and his mix of hip-hop, roots reggae and island music to the Black Sheep with New Zealand reggae trio House of Shem in tow.
Also on July 13, local drummer Khalil Brown, who has played with B+, Blue Frog, Charlie Milo and others, celebrates his 21st birthday with a jam session at Front Range Barbeque.
Kansas City emcee Kutt Calhoun hits the stage at the Black Sheep on July 14, joined by Whitney Peyton and Sincerely Collins.
Texas-based rockers Roar Shack and Fun Button, meanwhile, play at the Triple Nickel on July 14, along with local punk band The Youthful Nothings and more acts to be announced.
On July 15, look for a full night of bands at Sunshine Studios, led by the proggy death metal of Arkaik. Also appearing are Vale of Pnath, Decadence in Decay, Singularity AZ and ShroomyTunez.
Also on July 15, Maine-based black metal standouts Falls of Rauros hit the Flux Capacitor, joined by Iowa's Sept of Memnon, Denver's Wayfarer and Ghosts of Glaciers, and locals Saus.
For something likely a little less brutal, local folk-rock standouts The Changing Colors play Manitou's Kinfolks on Saturday, July 16.
Also on Saturday, talented local garage-rockers King Party bring their psychedelic sounds to the Flux Capacitor along with Pueblo's Mecha Mache and Denver's Muscle Beach and Pretty Mouth.
Sunday, July 17, brings a "heavy and crushing" lineup to the Flux Capacitor, featuring Denmark death metal act Undergang, Arizona's Swamp Wolf, Minneapolis' Pestifere and Denver's Spectral Voice. Those who enjoy being crushed won't want to miss this one.
Finally, July 18 brings geriatric arena-rock act Kiss to our very own Broadmoor World Arena.
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