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Sick Ritual and Devils Sons bring new punk psychobilly music to the Owl Acoustic Lounge

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Calgary based  hardcore/ metal crossover band  Sick Ritual played a furious set for an intimate audience, at The Owl Acoustic Lounge Friday, June 14 as most of Lethbridge’s punk and metal community were down the street at the Slice. They didn't care though. They played an intense set of metal tinged punk rock with plenty of gang vocals, bouts of shrieking feedback and metal tinged riffs reminiscent of the Dayglo Abortions and lyrics reflecting  themes of depression and suicide, as far as I could tell.

 

 

The Devils Sons playing The Owl Acoustic lounge, June 14. Photo by Richard Amery

They played some hot solos with the lead guitarist using a whammy bar which is unusual for punk bands.

 In addition to  original music, they played a couple obscure covers from the Cro Mags.

 

 I was waiting for the return of Edmonton rockabilly/ psychobilly band Devil’s Sons, who haven’t played here since November 2018 at the Smokehouse. They had approximately  20 people on that Sunday show and despite the competition from down the road seemed to double that in the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

 

 There was no upright bass, but they had added  shrieking keyboard and organ and gang vocals on song like “L.E.D”  to enhance the ominous feel of their music.

 

 The Devil’s Sons were incredible , playing  sizzling hot harmonized Gretsch leads on top of that organ and tearing up the stage with songs from al their albums including the next one.

 

Sick Ritual playing The Owl Acoustic lounge, June 14. Photo by Richard Amery

 They have a new album coming out later in the year so they played a several new songs off that as well as some from their earlier albums including “Godless Creatures” including a highlight “A War Inside”  and their 2018 EP “Black Moonshine” including one of my favourites “ Revenge Is Mine.”

 

A couple of the new songs  including “ Twist My Mind,” are sure to be a highlight of  the next album.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 June 2024 14:27 )  
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