Concert Reviews

High on Fire Torches the Bluebird with Kylesa and Kingdom of Magic - 10.03.10

HIGH ON FIRE
Torche • Kylesa • Kingdom of Magic
10.03.10 | Bluebird Theater

With a punishing low end that rumbled like thunder, Kingdom of Magic filled the Bluebird with heavy music that can no longer be called "stoner rock." What the guys are doing now is just so much more primal, aggressive and interesting than fits that designation. It's also not trippy; if anything, Kingdom sounds determined and possessed by rock-and-roll demons. Luke Fairchild's escalating leads cut through Andrew Lindstrom's flood of percussion and Joe Ramirez's bass in a way that's so consuming it jerked Ramirez around like a puppet. Superficially, Kingdom's use of repetition makes the whole of it blend together, but in a colossal sort of way.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.