On October 28th, Truce (sometimes known as Truce In Blood) played a free, pre-Halloween show at the Heavy Metal Shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. All I (the Meista) can say is WOW!! Okay, that's not really all I can say about this show, but talk about a GREAT gig! One of the things I love about this band (and have always loved) is their honesty as musicians - their fierce integrity! Front man, Sean Young's vocals and showmanship was aggressive, gruff, and totally engaging, peppered with humor and good spirit. Tracy Sweetring's bass work was brutal, masterful, and thunderous, a mesmerizing work of brilliance. Steve Busch's and Shane McCormick's guitar work was inspired, thrilling, fiery, and steadfast - true rock guitar gods. And Travis Jaron's drum work combined the intensity of brutal thrash metal with the musicianship of a seasoned jazz man - his wizardry on the kit is amazing. Combined... well combined their sound is a thing of beauty - a brutal, thrashing beauty, but beauty none-the-less!
Playing old-time favorites, new material, and a couple covers, Truce played a full set (FREE!) for the audience. They blasted through the set list of fan-favorites like "De-Construct," "Sales Pitch For The Masses," "Borrowed Soul," "Gods Of War," "Be All That You Can Be," among others, and the new, kick-ass instrumental, "Drop A Bisket," which featured the drum mastery of Travis along with Tracy, Steve, and Shane's precision and drive.
I was lucky enough to sit down with the boys from Truce before the show at downtown bar, Maxwell's where we sipped some beer and discussed the band's history, approach to music, and future plans. Oh, for this pre-show/interview pairing I went with a tasty pale ale from Moab Brewery called Fat Kid Pale Ale, a great, refreshing brew that fits perfectly with the thrashing power of Truce. Here's the full interview:
Sean: I met Dano (former member) of Hate X 9... guess I passed the audition! (laughs)
Tracy: We are thrash, but we've become more progressive since Travis joined... metal, but a lot more progression. Some guy told us we sound like Dream Theater. I don't know about that, but hey, whatever.
Travis: We are definitely metal, but with out own flavor, our own sound.
Tracy: My opinion - Death
Travis: Metal as well as jazz (fusion) and more progressive stuff like Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater
Shane: Anthrax, Kreator, Forbidden
Sean: Lyrically it is all still death and destruction though!
Steve: We all contribute... everyone brings something to the table.
Tracy: Getting the shows! But we've been teamed up with Kevin [Kirk, owner of the Heavy Metal Shop] forever and he has always kick stuff our way. In fact we were the first act to ever play live at the Heavy Metal Shop at his original location!
Tracy: Testament, Exodus, Death Angel, Kreator - those guys kill!
Shane: Justin Beiber (laughs)
Tracy: Shock Top and Exodus' "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A." I love that song "Riot Act"!
Travis: and Sepultura's "Beneath the Remains"
Shane: Bud Light and Five Finger Death Punch
I want to give a HUGE thank you to the members of Truce for not only a great interview, but also for a KICK-ASS show!! Also, special thanks to Truce Management: Bob Pierson and Stephen Hentschel as well as Tina Anderson, photographer extraordinaire!
If you dig heavy-hitting metal and thrash, check Truce out online at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Truce-in-Blood/116750271715806!! And make sure you get to one of their shows to see them live if you are in the Salt Lake area!! You won't be sorry! They are playing with D.R.I. November 9th at the Complex!