Apologies for getting this one up late, as the holidays got the better of me, but the Frozen Soul, Sanguisugabogg, and Inoculation show in Denver the night before Thanksgiving left nothing to be desired. Locals Phthisis set the perfect vibe for the performance, and despite the newly reinstated mask mandate, frigid temperatures, and impending holiday, everyone had a killer time.

Since my husband and other good friend used to be in Phthisis, I’m incredibly familiar with their material and in fact heard most of it getting written and rehearsed in my basement studio as I isolated and binge watched British TV during the pandemic. Now, hearing the songs on stage as the band completely rips it up and gets the crowd ready for the headliners is a big treat. Don’t sleep on this band, and if you’re in the Denver area, you need to get out and see them play live.

I’m not usually a fan of techier death metal, but Inoculation immediately had me on as a convert when they took the stage. Their sound is much more than showing off just how heavy and technical they can be at the same time. Their riffs absolutely grab you, as does their aggressive delivery, and their vocalist has all the best traits of a hardcore-inspired singer, talking to the crowd the entire time and ensuring them that even if they didn’t have family to go to for the holidays, they were with family in that moment.

Sanguisugabogg are the band that many in the crowd had turned out specifically to see, and as expected, they also did not disappoint. Their signature heavier-than-heaviness translated perfectly to the packed room, and all bets were off if you were anywhere near the pit. I managed to wedge myself between some speakers (thanks exercise routine!) and snap pics while still staying alive.

The headliners of the night, and my personal favorites, Frozen Soul absolutely stole the show. From their cool lighting contrasting with everyone else’s warm colors to their old-school, catchy sound and the singer’s Mortician tramp stamp which he proudly showed off to the crowd, this was the most fun I’ve had a death metal show in a long time, and I’m still looking for someone who can top their incredible performance.

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Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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