There are some definite staples one would find in Utah. National Parks, Mountains, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Truce in Blood.
Yep, I said Truce in Blood. These guys have been pounding out metal in Utah since 1984. They recently brought their Thrash-metal sound to Salt Lake Metal Fest 2017 on Saturday, June 3rd, at The Royal in Salt Lake City.
Truce in Blood doesn’t just play metal, “We live metal,” bassist Tracy Sweetring told me after their set. Truce in Blood opened their set with the blistering “Pride and Justice.” Next was “My Eyes,” a fast song with hints of Slayer infusion. Truce then transitioned into “Sales pitch for the Masses.” This was one of my favorite songs of the set. To say things slowed down a bit would be a relative understatement. “Into the Sun” was a more melodic sounding song that was a bit slower than the previous song,s but was not lacking in substance.
Up next was a thrash-anthem song called “Life, Sex, Death.” This song engaged the crowd to scream, what else but, “Life, Sex, Death.” The show thundered on with “De-construct” and was supposed to close with “The Righteous.” Truce in Blood was bringing it strong, so strong in fact that the promoter insisted that Truce do one more song. Truce gladly obliged and gave the crowd a cover. One would guess the obvious choice would be a thrash cover. Would it be Metallica, Slayer or Anthrax, or how about a Cream cover? Yes, Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” I promise you that once you hear Truce’s version of this song you will never look at the original the same again. It was exactly what you would expect a thrash band to do to a Cream song, screaming vocals, loud wailing guitars, with heads banging all over the place.
As their set came to an end, the crowd begged for more, but it was time for another band to share the stage. Truce in Blood didn’t play like a band that had been on the Salt Lake metal scene for 30+ years. They tore it up like a new band ready to make a long-lasting impression on the crowd in front of them; which, is what they have been doing for 30+ years.