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Deathead says farewell -- for now -- at concert at Kamikazes

July 16, 2014

By Raychel Johnson, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah

July 16--After being plagued with lineup changes for more than a decade, Chris Jester of Deathead thought the band was in a solid place and decided to make another album with two of its longtime members.

On the verge of its release, bassist Terry Day announced his departure from the band, making the trio a duo once again.

"The older we get, everybody's got their own things in life they wanna do and some people, they just really live to play music and some people do it to just kinda pass time," Jester said during an interview last week.

The metal band, local and loyal to Ogden, will play one last show with Day at Kamikazes, on July 18. The concert was meant to function as both a CD release party and a farewell bid to Day, but news that the CD won't be released in time was made public on the band's Facebook page on July 10.

"Due to an unforeseen issue the album will not be ready by the 18th. We will still be playing this show and help our friends kick off their tour," Jester wrote on the Facebook page. "Right now looks like the album will not be in our hands until around the 26th."

The new album, "Blessed In Blasphemy," features 10 songs. Most of them are new; the others are older songs from a previous album done in 2009 that have been re-recorded and mastered with the latest members, including Jester, Day and drummer Cody Carson.

"We completely re-recorded them because Cody wasn't the drummer back then, Terry wasn't the bass player back then, so they've evolved and changed," Jester said. "We took the best songs off of that and mixed it with the best of the new stuff we've got and just wanted to finally get them put out the way that we really heard them in our heads."

Jester said it will feel good to finally release the CD when the time does come, but parting ways with Day will be a bump in the road.

"He's been with us for a year and a half, and it's definitely going to be different, but at the same time, the show goes on," said Jester, explaining Day is leaving on good terms and he gave the band notice. "It's definitely going to be weird, and every time there is a change, it's like it's a whole thing of getting used to how that person plays, getting used to their personality, you know?"

Even though "Blessed In Blasphemy" won't be available at the show, Jester said the album can be purchased on the band's website,, and popular music sites like iTunes and Amazon.

Deathead recently started jamming with a new bassist, and Jester hopes to be playing shows again by mid-August. Regardless of who is playing within the confines of Deathead's brutal sound, Jester promised a heavy show from all of the bands on the bill.

Melodic death-metal band from Idaho Falls, Eternal North, will join Turned To Stone from Salt Lake City at the show.

"It's going to be heavy, all three bands are very, very good," Jester promised. "It's quite a wide variety of bands as well. It's all heavy, but each band is very different-sounding."

Paul Black, vocalist for Turned To Stone, said this is the first time his band is playing in Ogden. After the Ogden show, Turned To Stone and Eternal North are embarking on a short tour of the American West, including Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana.

"We're very glad to be up there finally." Black said, noting the tour is Turned To Stone's first time on the road. "It's an interesting and exciting place to kick off our first tour."

Turned To Stone plays doom metal, in which the tempos are slow and the vocal styles are a mixture of clean singing and the growl familiar to the genre. Black, who grew up listening to the likes of Ozzy and Metalica records, said blending the vocal styles has helped keep him fresh as a singer and sets the band apart from others in the genre.

"I'd like to think that's informed my vocals, we have a certain sound we are always trying to get to," he said, adding that without the dual vocal style, he would get bored with singing. "We try to make them come out organically. It's very much influenced by doom metal."

Deathead won't be joining the other two bands on tour because, for one, it won't have a permanent bassist after this show. There is also work to be done locally. Jester said the Ogden heavy metal scene was once thriving with "tons and tons of bands," but some have just fallen away.

"We've had periods of inactivity as well, just like any other band, I guess. But it's nice that we're still out here doing it," he said wistfully. "Right now, it just seems like there's not a lot of bands out there in Ogden. I know a lot of people who are working on new projects, it's just they're not out yet. So once that's out, I think there's just going to be this big boom here soon."

Jester hopes that Deathead can be a part of that boom and bring metal back to the streets and clubs of Ogden.

"The more people that go out and support the bands and support the clubs, it does nothing but help everybody," he said, noting Kamikazes has been a big supporter of the heavy metal scene.

"We love seeing crowds getting out to the clubs in Ogden and representing Ogden itself because it really is a great town. Music is still alive and well in Ogden, and there's a lot out there, and I'd just like to get more people out and supporting that local scene."

Contact reporter Raychel Johnson at 801-625-4279 or Follow her on Twitter @raychelNEWS.


--WHAT: Deathead; Eternal North; Turned To Stone

--WHEN: 10 p.m.July 18; doors open at 9 p.m.

--WHERE: Kamikazes, 2404 Adams Ave., Ogden

--TICKETS: $5/at the door; ages 21 and up.


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