Castle thrashes into Lansing
|By Darby Vermeulen|
San Francisco band hits Mac’s Bar Thursday night with doom metal
Wednesday, Jan. 23 — Castle, a San Francisco-based doom metal band, released its second thrash-inspired studio album, “Blacklands,” on Prosthetic Records late last year. Fronted by Elizabeth Blackwell, the trio stands tall in a genre full of female-fronted bands.
The band, which formed in 2009, will be performing cuts off the new album, complete with the occult-friendly lyrics, at Mac’s Bar on Thursday. City Pulse chatted with drummer and vocalist Mat Davis to find out more about the emerging group and what we can expect from them in the future.
Emulation is not something I would say we do. There are definitely influences both musically and otherwise. A lot of older music like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Mercyful Fate come to mind. I think the common denominator there is great songwriting and unique vision.
It's really a continuation of themes between the two. The first record I wrote on my own over the span of a few years. The new one was a lot quicker mainly because that's all I focused on for about three or four months. Of course Liz was working with me on the vocals and melodies, which made it all a little more cohesive. Also, the music is a little more epic on the new record, but underneath it all are the riffs, which is always at the forefront of our sound.
It's been great, from both people that were fans of the first record and also new fans that heard us for the first time with the ‘Blacklands’ album.
Do you ever get any negativity toward the band because there’s a female singer?
@ Mac’s Bar
2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
$8 advance, $10 door, 9 P.M., 18 ,