While Metallica has come out with an exceptional new album this year, nothing beats their early records, and no one pays them better tribute than Spokane’s Blistered Earth. The Boise favorites return to The Knitting Factory this coming weekend, December 16, for another scorching show performing songs from Metallica’s first five records; 1983’s Kill ‘Em All through 1991’s self-titled behemoth. Blistered Earth was formed seven years ago this month by drummer Shawn “Lars Ulrich” Murphy. Bringing a young James Hetfield to life is frontman Jared Kiess. Jesse Jensen delivers expertly as Kirk Hammett, and Cody “Cod” Davis is lights out as Cliff Burton. Every show is delivered with the aggression, energy and attitude of vintage Metallica.
If some retro ‘Tallica were not enough, Boise’s homegrown heathens, Defenders of the Faith will light up the stage in tribute to the metal gods, Judas Priest. The timeless music of the mighty Priest has continued to captivate metal fans for over four decades. No other band has remained so prolific and relevant since their inception. Frontman Gerrad Anthony who began DotF in 2008 and resurrected it again in 2014, is ready to bring forth his Rob Halford swagger once again. Anthony recently hinted at a little surprise for the December 16th show:
“We’re coming up on our 2nd anniversary. When this line-up got together we all agreed it would be a cool idea if we played a song from another iconic band to jam at our gigs just as a little curveball change-up so to speak to keep people entertained and on our toes. Well it’s finally going to happen, but you’ll have to be there to find out who we pay tribute to. This will mark the debut performance for our temporary new drummer, Brandon Hedin of Mortal Ashes. He’s stepped in to help us out and and he’s killing it! He joins myself, Sir Robert Walther on bass, and guitarists Doug O’Neill and Josh Taube. Defenders of the Faith will begin a formal public search for a permanent drummer after the Hell’s Belles gig next month on Friday the 13th. We haven’t played Boise since last July so we are absolutely jacked for this gig and this line-up of tributes. This will be our last local show until early summer. This coming Friday we plan to rip some heads off right out of the gate by opening with “Freewheel Burning,” followed quickly by “Hot Rockin'” and “Exciter”. The rest, well you’ll just have to come see for yourself this Friday.”
Opening this evening of classic metal revelry will be local heroes, Hand of Doom, bringing forth from the darkness their vintage homage to Black Sabbath, the band that beget metal. Hand of Doom was formed in early 2015 by longtime friends, Gary Glaesemann (vocals, guitar), Jamis Harms (guitar), David Holtz (bass), and Donald G. Frazier (drums), who share not only a lifelong affliction
Tickets for this event can be purchased from any Defenders of the Faith or Hand of Doom band member for $10 in advance, without ticket fees, or buy your tickets online.