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Blastbeats along the front range, anniversary shows, and remembering Alan Joseph


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Good news for the modern metalhead! While January is generally a slow period for shows and releases, local death metal quartet Crown Magnetar is starting the year off right with the release of their debut EP, The Prophet of Disgust, at the Black Sheep on Jan. 25. The release dropped online at the beginning of the month, but this gives you an opportunity to pick up a physical copy and celebrate with the band, joined by Doomsday for the Destroyer, Remain and Sustain, and Fall of Scylla. Until then, you can check out their video for “The Eyes of Discontent,” which was released as an exclusive with promotion network Chugcore last October.

And here’s more news to please the blastbeat crowd: The atmospheric Manitou Springs black metal act Helleborus just announced they will be surfacing for a rare local(ish) show on March 1 at Denver’s Bluebird Theater, supporting two veteran co-headliners, Stockholm-based black metal band Dark Funeral and Greek death metal act Septicflesh.

If you haven’t quite worked up the stamina to take in second-wave Swedish black metal, however, Stargazers Theatre will welcome back the tremendously talented David Bromberg on Thursday, Jan. 18. Bromberg’s bio claims he’s played with everyone and toured everywhere, which isn’t all that much of an exaggeration. The multi-instrumentalist was a Grammy nominee in 2008 and has collaborated with Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Jorma Kaukonen and Jerry Garcia, just to name a few. His own albums have won critical acclaim, owing in no small part to Bromberg’s facility on guitar, fiddle and pedal steel.

Later this month, Stargazers will also be hosting a whole slew of tribute acts, including sets from My Blue Sky honoring the Allman Brothers on Jan. 20 and The BUS Band performing the works of Crosby, Stills & Nash on Jan. 26. Notably, the month closes out with a free show from Manitou Springs’ own Colorado Floyd on Saturday, Jan. 27, which functions as the band’s fifth anniversary.
Also on the topic of anniversaries, Jan. 18 marks the Broadmoor World Arena’s 20th anniversary, and the partnership between the World Arena and Pikes Peak Center will offer a few shows of note heading into the spring. Firstly, A Night with Janis Joplin, which was originally scheduled at the Pikes Peak Center last October, will be taking place Friday, Feb. 2. All tickets previously purchased will be honored, so attendees will, indeed, finally be able to spend an evening with Janis Joplin. I’m sure it’s not as impossible as it sounds — it’s a Broadway musical.

The Zodiac, too, has its own anniversary coming up, with Feb. 17 marking the venue’s seventh year. The proceedings will be celebrated with a Heavy Metal Masquerade featuring the 40 oz. Freedom Fighters. This should give you plenty of time to find something to wear.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a very sad loss, which occurred near Christmas, the passing of jazz guitar virtuoso Alan Joseph. Joseph, originally from Detroit, relocated to Colorado Springs in the ’70s and graced the city for years with his critically acclaimed musicianship, performing in bands such as H3O and alongside the likes of Bernadette Peters, Maria Schneider, Dave Valentin, The Fifth Dimension, and many more.

In addition to his performing acumen and steady collection of praise from publications such as Guitar Player and JAZZIZ, Joseph was also a dedicated educator in the region, founding the guitar studio in the UCCS music program and working as an instructor at Denver University’s Lamont School of Music. For all who knew him, even merely by reputation, it’s clear that Joseph’s loss leaves a void not just in the local jazz scene, but the entire local music community. For those who’d like to lend support to the family by helping out with the cost of final arrangements and medical bills, you can make a donation at

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