Glacial Tomb, with Call of the Void and Saddle of Southern Darkness, Friday, Nov. 9, lost-lake.com.
en Hutcherson shreds blistering guitar leads and snarls like a demon in Denver’s rising doom/traditional metal stars Khemmis, whose 2018 album, Desolation
, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard
Heatseekers album chart. He’s also working on his Ph.D. in sociology. Somehow, he’s managed to do all that and release an album with another band, sludgy death metal trio Glacial Tomb, which consists of him, drummer Michael Salazar (Cult of the Lost Cause) and bassist/vocalist Connor Woods (Diseased Reason, ex-Abigail Williams). It’s titled Glacial Tomb
, it’s available now, and they’ll be playing it in full. Given the band’s previous cover of crusties Aus-Rotten’s “Fuck Nazi Sympathy,” it’s no surprise these three don’t mince words. But according to a recent interview with Kerrang!,
the band members suffered the loss of multiple family members during the writing and recording process. While that colored their songs and made things more personal, Hutcherson says the album isn’t a tribute to the dead. “It’s a tribute to the ability of people to keep going on when the rug gets pulled out from under you,” he says. The music paints a picture of perseverance with bone-scraping guitar riffs, pounding drums and tortured vocals. They present an image that’s not just unglamorous but ugly and brutal, and for it, all the more true to what survival feels like.