When: Tue., Jan. 17, 9:30 p.m. 2012
"I am influenced by oppression and aggressively standing against tyranny," says Bret McGraw, the bass player and singer of Durham sludge doom band Church of Wolves. You can hear the band's influences (others include the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe) in "Peace Is a Pipe Dream," the newest of their five songs. The music chugs beneath a dirge-like wall of feedback; the lyrics are a scream warning about, among other things, a war whore, the stench of death and moral spite.
"I like to write songs that are heavy and dark but do not fall into the realm of senseless violence or gratuitous worship of dark forces," says McGraw. "Some represent evil but do not glorify it."
With only five shows under their belt, the band—which includes members of Lurch and Mouth of the Ghost—has already opened for Atlanta noisemakers Whores and Pennsylvania doom squad Backwoods Payback. They got their start with an auspicious first show at Kings back in November with venerable heavy locals Black Skies and Richmond stoner doom group Cough.
The band will play its sixth show tonight, with Durham's Hog and Virginia blackened thrash band Orthrus. —Karen A. Mann