Lord Dying is your perfect soundtrack if you regularly don a cloak, strap on some bracers and rush into the day solving problems with a broadsword. This Portland metal band's five- and six-minute twisting, thundering odes, as captured on July's Summon the Faithless, conjure images of zombie invasions and Lovecraftian horrorscapes.
If your daily battles more often involve traffic jams, passive-aggressive emails or annoying customers, Summon the Faithless might be the perfect soundtrack for that, too. Playing Lord Dying imbues the listener with an unshakeable sense of power, glee and general badassness. It's energizing and heavy-as-hell without getting stodgy, and it's strangely soothing; all of metal's best qualities at once. I don't really know what lead singer Erik Olsen is roaring about, but I like it.
Lord Dying has only been around a few years, but with member resumes including Black Elk and Le Force, it brings cumulative decades of experience to the stageand it shows. I saw them play Seattle on a dark, wet spring evening. A few dozen fans showed up at the venue and stood in reverent awe while the band let it rip. Long may they rule.
Lord Dying plays the Palace Sat., Oct. 5, at 9 PM, with Mahamawaldi, Shramana and Undun. $7/$5 advance at Ear Candy.