The Asylum, Laconic, Loren Battle, We Own the Sky, Where Is the Glory, and Cold Blooded Theory are scheduled to perform Saturday, January 16.
Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe
Death metal is the most divisive force in the world today. Yes, even more divisive than Palestine, or Europe's proton-dividing Large Hadron Collider. To fans, death metal's blast beats and growling vocals are awesomeness incarnate. To others, it sounds like a long, amplified belch. We suggest the latter group steer well clear of the belatedly named "New Year's Bash" at the Clubhouse, where a bone-jarring alliance of local metal bands promises to push the limits of cochlear tolerance. The headliner is The Asylum, an apocalypse-minded quintet from Tempe whose repertoire includes a fairly radical cover of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." The top-billed opening band is Scottsdale's Laconic, a quartet of sneering sonic brutes whose taste for tremolo guitar riffs and sepia-toned vanity photos has no apparent bounds. Melodic death-metal rockers Loren Battle (from Phoenix) are next, followed by We Own the Sky, another Phoenix band that operates one of the bitchin'-est-looking MySpace pages we've ever seen (think "fiery airline disaster"). Two more Valley-based metal bands — Where Is the Glory and Cold Blooded Theory — are on the bill, and if that doesn't satisfy your nightly appetite for wanton musical destruction, you may want to consult a doctor.