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Bleed, Tribune and Destrier at Rock Bottom
April 9, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Rock Bottom Presents:
Thursday April 10th,2014
Doors at 8pm
Show at 10pm
In the year 2010 b.c. Ron and Dylan joined forces and decided to make music that was like a knife in the face. For eons they honed their craft and much like Pompeii, ash was left in their wake. One cold night there was a pounding on their jam space door. A neurotic basket case stood before them bathed in blood. Ron scowled, “Can you sing?” To which the crimson covered creature crooned, “NO! But I can bellow violent obscenities like a mother fucker!” Ron and Dylan gave a nod in approval. From that point many moons have passed but one final piece was missing. Something big and heavy. Bass. Having gone through a plethora of potentials only one stood tall among all. Mike from the Viking Cannibal Tribe. The last of his clan. In order to survive you must eat the weaker fledglings. This is why bass players are usually large and few and far between. A secret revealed. Les Claypool is an alien but that’s another story. The 4 have now donned the name BLËED. The band that makes music compelling you to bang your head and punch someone in the face!
At a show in early 2013, the members of the Canadian heavy metal band Tribune were chatting with another band, and were asked about how long they’d been playing together. Vocalist Bryan Baker responded, “Well, I guess you can count Blacklist as the first incarnation of Tribune, since that’s when Terry (Anderson, guitars), Jason (Brown, drums), and I wrote most of the material that ended up on the first Tribune album. We started that band in, what, 2004, I think? Wait…9 years ago? Is that right?”
Yes, that’s right. 9 years.
The group’s bass player, Ryan O’Shea, started learning their material by the end of 2004, and in 2005 they officially changed their name to Tribune. In 2006 the group moved to Vancouver, B.C., and by the end of that year had added a fifth member, guitarist Shawn Culley. Their roster has remained unchanged since then.
What has changed, continually, is their sound.
Tribune were initially interested in a variety of ‘90s bands such as Clutch, Soulfly, Pantera, System Of A Down, and Superjoint Ritual, as well as the older thrash of acts like Metallica, Sepultura, and Slayer, and their sound reflected these influences. As the band added members, their appetite for more extreme metal increased, bringing some great bands to their attention; bands like Carcass, Death, and At The Gates. This, in turn, brought more of a death metal influence to Tribune’s sound. Now, as the band members and their musical tastes mature, you’re liable to hear the Tribune band van pumping just about anything – from Neil Young to Nile, from Iron Maiden to Incubus. Primus, or Protest The Hero. Scale The Summit, or Sublime. Born Of Osiris. The Black Dahlia Murder.
The thunderous reverberations of all of these groups, and more, can be heard echoing in the depths of Tribune’s music.
Now, with the group’s 2013 release Tales, Tribune is combining their myriad influences into a genre-shattering whole, a concept album tour-de-force which deftly marries their more melodic progressive side with extreme aggression. Although more melodic than ever, the heaviness of Tribune’s new music is not to be understated, and must be heard to be properly understood. Tribune is both brawn and brains, a collusion of extremity and accessibility. Metal at its finest.