The night at the Toad Tavern (located at 5302 S. Federal Circle in Littleton, Co) started with a Denver upcoming band that, has made an impact since late 2011. One Shot One Kill. The sound at the Toad Tavern was not up to standard for what the show was. When I attend a local or national metal show. I typically want to feel the drive from the double kick, have the guitars build the adrenaline. I want the vocals so loud, it seems like the vocalist is screaming in my face. Over all One Shot’s performance was solid minus a couple drum technical difficulties. One Shot One kill consists of a brother sister combo of Katie on guitar and Joey on drums, Jason on Bass and the hairiest vocalist in Denver, Keith.
The full line up consisted of some of Denver’s best overall musicians. Lamia of the Pool, Smackfactor, Dysdania and hard hitting Arise in Chaos. The overall feel of the show had a procrastinating feeling. It felt divided. Those in attendance only cared and only wanted to watch the band they came to see.
The main purpose for this review is for long time Denver metal band SmackFactor. Payden (vocals) joined in this fading band in early 2012. Since his arrival in to this group of well tuned musicians, they have excelled in the scene here in Denver. Playing from venues such as the Gothic Theater down to hole in the wall bars like Trailside Saloon. They are a definite power house to be taken seriously in this scene.
The sounds seemed to get better once SmackFactor started playing. The crowd up front, next to the stage filled up with beer drinking spectators. This special event was for the Front man, Payden’s Birthday. SmackFactor came through with a powerful set. Watching these veterans play will give motivation to younger inspiring bands in Denver. James Boyd on bass is a interesting one to watch in particular. His low stance, sweating face, clinched teeth and rolling eyes have always been a staple to see in their set.
Over all the sound got adjusted to match the intensity of the set. The energy back from Loren on drums, up to Shawn and John on Guitars. The vocals from Payden, James and John all were on key and they carried their voices through out the Toad Tavern. The word on the street is that they will be having a new album drop in 2013. If you would like to catch up and see upcoming shows of SmackFactor’s you may visit their media pages here.