Metal band makes debut today in Steamboat |

Metal band makes debut today in Steamboat

XIII joins 2 other hard rock groups in show at Old Town Pub

Margaret Hair

XIII vocalist Guy Del Hierro screams into the microphone during Thursday's rehearsal. XIII plays with Subject to Blackout and Novus Folium at 10 p.m. today at Old Town Pub. Cover is $5.
Matt Stensland

— On a Wednesday night outside a warehouse on 13th Street, crashing drums and ripping guitars seem to ignore the sound-blocking mattress inside XIII's practice studio.

The sound makes its way out into the parking lot of the row of buildings where Steamboat's newest metal band is working on a set of original songs that will make their debut today.

XIII — "thirteen" — puts out a brand of metal that draws on years of listening and playing by the band's five members. Pantera, Mudvayne, A Perfect Circle and Tool are the jumping off point for a sound lead singer Guy Del Hierro at first said represents a wide spectrum of songs that are "anywhere from light and happy to angry and violent."

Then again, maybe not so "light and happy," Del Hierro acknowledged.

Today's metal-fest at Old Town Pub is XIII's first show in town. Local group Subject to Blackout and Longmont five-piece Novus Folium — Latin for "new leaf" — also are on the bill. The show gets going at about 10 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

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The idea for XIII came near the end of 2009, and after some jockeying, the band found a spot to rehearse in the warehouse building. At the top of a set of stairs, the musicians of XIII have two small rooms that are theirs — provided they don't make too much noise for the neighbors.

It's a "crunchy, in-your-face" kind of playing, said guitarist and backup singer Isaac Slobodnik. Guitarist Geno Salazar said the style allows anyone planning to come to the show a chance to move. Drummer Aaron Labruzza promised anyone craving a hard rock experience a chance to thrash.

Del Hierro and bassist Jason Meier played together in the former Denver-based metal band No Face. That group played frequent shows in Steamboat before disbanding. Now a Steamboat resident, Del Hierro picked up Salazar and Labruzza through friends and added former Plagiarists guitarist Slobodnik to round out XIII.

Del Hierro hopes XIII can give a jolt to the local music scene, bringing more hard bands to the area for shows and "get an actual scene going," he said.

If you go

What: XIII, w/ Subject to Blackout and Novus Folium

When: 10 p.m. today

Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $5

Call: 879-2101

For more

Local metal band XIII and Longmont-based metal group Novus Folium have original music streaming online. Listen to XIII here and Novus Folium here.