By Matty Hume
CALGARY – Doom lurks in a dark city, casting grey clouds over cold steel, as wandering souls shuffle in the misty cold. You know this well, because you’ve probably been to Edmonton yourself. That Blade Runner-esque kingdom is home to Tekarra, an adventurous sludge metal trio that harnesses a capital city worth of doom into a sounds more powerful than a rockslide. Taking their namesake from an iconic mountain in Jasper National park, the music of Tyler, Thom and Pavs evokes soundscapes as hair-raising as the prospect of orienteering into the unknown.
“We thought it was significant because Mount Tekarra was named after the Indigenous guide who brought James Hector and his team through the Canadian Rockies, as part of the Palliser Expedition, when most explorers named the landmarks they discovered after themselves,” Pavs explains.
No need to swap your Vans for hikers yourself. This towering marvel of muddy distortion and frigid tempo aim to turn a stage into your own Mount Doom in the Black Land of Mordor, without the risk of avalanches and frost giants.
“You will feel our sound as much as you’ll hear it. We like it dark and never have a moment of silence during a set,” Pavs proclaims. “Each song, or interlude, leads into the next. It’s like one short meditative journey. Hopefully, your mind wanders into strange visualizations influenced by the sounds.”
According to Pavs, the tectonic power of Tekarra stems from doom metal foundations that can be traced back to the demonically patient timing of Black Sabbath. But don’t expect to know what you’ll discover at the peak of Tekarra’s self-titled LP. A broodingly fuzzy feat of mountaineering, Tekarra’s introductory outing finds the trio towering over the rocky range of their local scene.
“We all agreed to start a band because what we wanted to hear from that genre didn’t really exist, or at least we could find it,” says Pavs. “There are a few [doom metal] bands that have come and gone over the years, but nothing really sustained.”
Sometimes sticking around means fitting in where you can. For Tekarra that means, “We love to play with punk bands or experimental bands for example.” Unmistakable in their ability to make the earth rattle, Tekarra is a mountain on the move. Maybe it’s San Andreas’s fault. Once the band is finished razing the hills of Western Canada, they’ll be releasing a split album with Mexican powerhouses Malamadre.
Catch Tekarra with Murk, Sawlung and Drear on Oct. 12 at the Palomino (Calgary) and Oct.19 at Black Mourning Light Metal Festival at Rendezvous Pub (Edmonton).Black Mourning Light Metal Festival, Drear, Murk, Palomino, Rendezvous Pub, Sawlung, Taken for Granite, Tekarra