By Waleed Rashidi
CITY OF ORIGIN: Crestline
MEMBERS AND INSTRUMENTS: Brent Wisdom (lead guitar); Joe Downard (drums); Brian Downard (bass); Chris “Skary” Shaw (vocals)
RECENT RELEASE: Seven Deadly (self-released, 2008)
KINDRED SPIRITS: Death, death, Obituary, obituaries, Living Sacrifice, sacrifices, Slayer, slaying.
It doesn’t take much to impress us; it actually takes one hell of a whole lot. Case in point: When K626 e-mailed us over the summer, telling us that they were “violently seeking publicity” for their band, it was quite the passionate push. Yeah, we were into it. Next, we threw the disc in the player and were promptly assaulted by the artillery fire—err, we mean the double-kicked blast beats and blitzkrieg shredder riffs—and we were definitely into it. Then, we watched the videos on YouTube, convincingly filmed with story lines and toughened footage, and we were freakin’ sold.
But this Crestline band’s been at it for over a decade, so they’ve had time to put it together, particularly after Skary arrived last year to assume the role of vocalist. Their established show is seen often, as the act heads down the mountain for shows at places like The Vibe in Riverside and the Music Room in San Bernardino.
“Both of those places can be packed out easily and when you have a room full of people crushing each other—fire codes not being broken, of course—it creates an electric atmosphere that spills out all over the place,” says guitarist Brent Wisdom.
One thing we need to clear up: K626 are definitely from the Inland Empire, and not the 626 area code that blankets a chunk of LA County, as their name might imply. The death metal act’s actually named after Mozart’s final concerto (can you believe it?!). In fact, they’ll be representing the IE when they head out to the Rock the Ink event in Rhode Island later this month, opening for Killswitch Engage and little known band called Godsmack.
Wisdom notes that interested parties can download the band’s total collection of recordings for free. (Nice guys!) “And make sure you befriend us on MySpace so we can spam the crap out of you,” he adds. OK, kinda nice guys.
K626 at the Music Room, 4360 N. Sierra Way, San Bernardino, (909) 883-6513, Saturday, October 11, 8PM