13th Floor Entertainment Presents Valient Thor
Broloaf, Lord Dying, Ramming Speed, Flying Scorpion, Any Gun Can Play
1306 W. University Dr
Mesa, AZ, 85201
This event is all ages
Lord Dying come from Portland, Oregon, a place over abundant with purveyors of the heavy riff. A region where the inhabitants are plagued with nerve and joint damage due to lack of sunlight. In a time where everyone is trying to out-sludge or out-doom each other Lord Dying gives something less than a fuck. They are a metal band with members of Black Elk , Portals, Le Force, and Cremains, who i
n their short, one years time as a band have shared the stage with Unsane, Red Fang, Yob, Valient Thorr, and others locally. They have also braved the west coast twice, the first time alone, only to meet up with crazy prog-shredmeisters Danava and heavy lust-lifers Lecherous Gaze for a few shows, followed a few months later by another co-headling tour with local heavy punishers Nether Regions. Shortly after Lord Dying teamed up with longtime bros Kelly and Erica G and solidified the first monumental release, Lord Dying "s/t", in 7" form on his Powerblaster Records label. Lord Dying are here to pummel with heavy riffs and promote simpler things like Cold brew-Hot Shower.
"Brainwreck", the debut CD from Boston's Ramming Speed, spends little time allowing the listener to come up for air. Smothered in aggression, this molten slab of metal draws from not only from American thrash bands of the past, but also tastefully pulls from the heaviness of crust punk and the blinding rage of grind. Pepper the mix with beer soaked rock n roll licks and you have the shape of underground metal to come.
Playing their first show in January of '07, Ramming Speed have since loaded into just over 250 basements, living rooms and piss stained bars around the US. While the band's first release, the "Full Speed Ahead" 7", touched on issues such as pizza parties and fake tan smell-good girls, the band returned home from heavy touring with a different mind set. Ramming Speed experienced in six weeks what many bands never come across in a life time. There was the inevitable van break down in the middle of the desert on one day, the band being filmed for LA reality tv show "Beach Patrol" the next, and two evenings later the whole gang was arrested at gun point out side San Francisco for suspected kidnapping (charges were later dropped). These experiences merely scratch the surface of a tour that also included riot cops and a Hells Angels 4th of July party. The quintet eventually arrived back in Boston road hardened and ready to write a pissed off, fast fucking record.
This time around the music and lyrics are far more aggressive and poignant. Topics covered include American xenophobia, terrorist paranoia, and the metal scene's aversion to politics. Musically, the metal begins to grind just as hard as it thrashes, taking nods from genre defining bands like Napalm Death and Terrorizer. Read close and you'll still find party thrash anthems about a zombie killing lawyer and Thor's hammer, but this is by no means a flash in the pan revival band. This is the mixture of two decades worth of metal, punk, and hardcore mangled into thirteen short, fast, and loud songs.
A crowd pleaser and engine starter since early 2011, Flying Scorpion consists of rhythm guitarist Alex Kling, lead guitarist PJ Coleman, bassist Chris Ruiz, drummer Charles Barth, and lead vocalist Chris Elliott. Each member carries an extensive local resume. Kling is a member of local rock staples like Slowpoke and Mourning Maxwell, while Coleman hails from former rock outfits Black Box Burning (Plane View) and The Pilot Episode (Archamedes). Both Kling and Coleman also play in the Smith Family Band, one of the valley's brightest stars. Barth also fronts his solo acoustic folk act Saddles, which Ruiz and Coleman often assist in fleshing out as a full band live. Ruiz and Barth were also components of the now-retired Black Hole Calcutta. Chris Elliott brings in the southern drawl, getting back to his roots while also keeping it brutal with one of AZ's finest death metal acts - Composer, Meet Corpse. Kling, the Scorpion patriarch, started writing and recording out of his own home in late 2010 – soon to be joined by Coleman, and eventually Barth, Ruiz, and after months and months of searching, Elliott came to complete the package.
So pack up the kids, bring your swimsuit, and get ready for an unforgettable evening with the guys. Just remember kids, scorpions can fly, and magic is real.