Thrash of the Titans 2015. This was a benefit for one of my closest friends Levi Sanford who's life was tragically cut short after a careless motorist drove onto his lane while he and his friend were going for a mid day motorcycle ride and struck Levi and his passenger head on. As a result, mine and many other lives have changed. Wanting to honor his memory and help support his 2 children, Mammoth Metal, amazing local businesses, highly talented photographers, and some of Denver's mightiest bands, all came together to celebrate his life. Here are some of the highlights.
Bronze started off the evening, and they seriously rocked the Gothic. Groovy hooks with plenty of chunk, Bronze definitely threw down. Very tight and and very talented. I am looking forward to watching them perform again.
Next up were Denver veterans Throttlebomb. Each of these highly talented members have been in other groups since the 90's and they are not afraid to show Denver what they've got. Like their namesake their sound is a great mixture of punk meets Motorhead. Rocking tunes with catchy riffs and licks, this band kept the crowd going for a full-throttle ride. They love what they do as you can see them having fun not only with the crowd but with each other. Extremely inspiring and fun to watch.
Keeping the energy going came Dead Dream Escape, and they came with the most intensity I have seen from this loud, tight and punchy group. Lead vocalist Justin Purvis' screaming vocals cut through the crowd as guitarist Joey Ramone and drummer Jesse Gemme had machine gun like beats and riffs with deadly accurate sounds. Bassist Garret Nugent came down with some serious low end as he thrashed and literally spun around on stage. A very entertaining group to watch, and the crowd responded in like.
Up next Came Owleye. This young group performed and rocked like they had been playing for decades. They performed with super intense energy as they gave their all and left everything they had on stage. They played with a lot of heart and emotion as you could easily tell they love what they do. As I have just recently discovered this amazing band I will continue to follow them as they are not to be missed.
Closing the night came Denver favorites Fist Fight. With their blue collar metal sound for the working class, it's easy to see and hear why this band put the final touch of heaviness and rhythm to finalize the evening. Lead vocalist Dustin Hollmer's rugged and punching vocals put the now frenzied crowd hyper mode. Both guitarists Jon Maggard and Nick Rich's mixture of heavy and catchy riffs with alternating and often harmonizing guitar solos kept us in the pocket as bassist Adrian Montoya's low frequency bass sound and backing vocals with growls that would make a lion cringe. Keeping it together came drummer Chris Day's tight and Pantera- like bass drum sound. The mosh pit was now in full force as I almost got my camera smashed on a couple of near misses. Fist Fight came to destroy. And that's just what they did.
A huge thank you to everyone that attended and helped support Levi's children in this very special benefit. A special thank you to our sponsors Jason Kae from Drum City Guitarland http://www.drumcityguitarland.com who generously donated an amazing guitar to raffle off. Eddie Mijares of DreamBent Studios Tattoo Parlor http://dreambentstudios.com/home.html who donated his time and talent to a lucky individual to get ink from this seasoned master. Owleye's Tim Graham who donated proceeds from his clothing line Dream for Denver (DFR) to help out this fund. Stone Chrome Radio's Kevon Lei http://www.stonechromeradio.com helped to promote not only the show but each of the bands for this special night. Super talented photographers Curt Dennis from Blues Tribute photography, Victor Valdez and Ed Sandoval for their amazing and inspiring shots. Danny Sax and everyone at AEG Live and the Gothic Theatre for letting us host this event. Also Mammoth Metal's own Maria Burke and Lori Belloir who tirelessly helped out to not only get this project started but made sure it ran as smooth as possible even when things could have easily derailed and ended.
All the bands, Bronze, Throttlebomb, Dead Dream Escape, Owleye and Fist Fight who selflessly gave their time and energy to make this happen. And to the audience who came down not only to hear these great bands but to help support us in this important cause. I know our brother Levi is looking upon us and smiling with his horns in the air. \m/
From the bottom of my heart thank you everyone.