In the Company of Serpents
Denver doom duo In the Company of Serpents packs an unstoppable amount of power for a band that comprises just a guitarist and a drummer. Expect heavy, rolling sounds from these guys, as grand as the Rocky Mountains’ majesty. Their songs are all bone-crushingly heavy, and their lyrics pull from ancient mysticism.
If epic metal songs about wizards and dragons float your boat, Khemmis is for you. The four-piece plays not just doom, but straightforward rock and roll, as well. These musicians aren’t afraid to break out catchy riffs and hooks when creating their slow, heavy blend. Khemmis has gained national acclaim in recent years: It’s signed to 20 Buck Spin Records; its second release, Hunted, was Decibel magazine’s 2016 Album of the Year; and it’s playing Psycho Fest in Las Vegas this year.
One of the biggest breakout metal successes in Denver, the Munsens have completely taken the place by storm. Up until 2016, the group was somewhat disjointed, as some of its members lived across the country. While the musicians occasionally performed together, the band wasn’t really solidified as a Denver doom powerhouse. Now it’s crushing all the local shows and making Denverites rethink what it means to be slow, loud and heavy. Bringing incredible energy and soul to every recording and performance, the Munsens are making an impact, and doomheads can’t get enough.
Of Feather and Bone
While not traditionally doom, these guys play a blackened, crusty, grind-and-hardcore-influenced brand of death metal that has been known to slow to a creep while paying homage to sludge and blackened doom. The vibe of the city clearly rubs off on this trio, which keeps a lot of heavy reverb and delay on even its fast-paced death-metal songs. True to crust and sludge form, Of Feather and Bone cultivates a hopeless atmosphere.
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