There’s no crying in metal.
Or at least that seems to be part of the philosophy motivating the austere Ashes of Tyranny, a Garnett- and Ottawa-based band that teeters on the edge of two musical genres and set for battle this weekend in Kansas City.
“We kind of stake the line of hard rock and heavy metal,” Jamison Brummel, Garnett, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Ashes of Tyranny, said of the band’s musical classification. “Sometimes we like to call ourselves heavy metal light.”
The four-piece band — featuring Adam Caylor, lead guitarist, Dave Miller, bass, Jeff Wildfong, drums, and Brummel — has been collaborating in some form for about seven years, Brummel, 28, said. Brummel, who also writes the band’s songs, said he began playing guitar when he was 16 and his love of performing soon followed. To form the band, Brummel said, he sought out two local friends — Caylor and Miller — who shared his passion for music. Initially inspired by such bands as Metallica and Tool, Brummel said, the band now is influenced by such groups as Killswitch Engage, a Massachusetts-based metalcore band, and In Flames, a Swedish metal ensemble. Fan favorites of Tyranny’s music include tracks such as “Never,” “Tear Me Down” and “The Tyrant,” Brummel said.
The group hopes to offer a cathartic experience through a musical bond, he said.
“We’re not necessarily trying to convey any particular message through the music — we’re just trying to connect with people,” Brummel said. “Honestly I’m just trying to put my words into music and get people to feel what I’ve felt and hopefully that gives them some sort of closure for what they’re going through. But honestly I just love playing and writing.”
While its name and member composition has changed a few times through the years, Brummel said the band now is facing an unprecedented opportunity. The group recently was invited to play at the Beaumont Club’s Battle of the Bands competition, which begins 4 p.m. Sunday in Kansas City. The venue, which can hold more than 1,000 people, would be the largest yet for the group, Brummel said.
“It’s very exciting,” Brummel said of playing at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo. “The most exciting thing for me is just the amount of people that are going to hear us. ... We’ve got one of the later spots so we can look forward to playing in front of a whole lot of people, and that will be nice.”
The contest pits 10 bands against one another, Brummel said. The battle appears to have an eclectic offering of music, playing host to groups ranging from electronic and rock to alternative and punk.
Ashes of Tyranny plans to play a 30-minute set during the contest, Brummel said, which will allow the band to perform six songs, five of which are featured on its website, http://www.ashesoftyranny.com
For those interested in attending the show, and supporting Ashes of Tyranny, tickets are available at www.gorillamusic.com/eagleone/buy-tickets/ or call Jamison Brummel at (785) 550-1137.