Weird science begets heavy metal
Perhaps it wasn’t what his English teacher had expected but Sebastian Montesi took his studies of H.P. Lovecraft seriously.
So seriously that the ideas that inspired the author of horror, fantasy and science fiction stayed with him.
“Our lyrics are mostly based around his writing,” Montesi said of his metal band, Auroch.
“Mainly the fantastical and metaphorical views of the world.”
The band, which performs at Pogue Mahone Irish Alehouse, 843 Desmond St., on Saturday, July 14, released the first single from its first major recording earlier this week.
From Forgotten Worlds is expected to drop in about two months, Montesi said, and the band — which includes Montesi on vocals, guitar and bass, Zack Chandler on drums and Paul Ouzounov on vocals and guitar — hopes to tour to promote it.
The Kamloops stop is one of 10 dates throughout the area this summer.
The Lovecraft influence can be heard in the band’s earlier releases, both extended plays.
Death May Die, released in 2009, and Stranger Aeons, released in 2010, draw their titles from a famous line by the weird-science author in The Nameless City: “That is not dead which can eternal lie and with strange aeons even death may die.”
As for the band’s name, it is inspired both by the author and by a previous incarnation of the group.
Montesi said it used to perform under the moniker Tusk “but there were a lot of bands with that name so, when we were looking for anew one, we wanted to stay with the horned idea.”
Research led them to the auroch, an extinct predecessor to a bull — and an animal that might have found itself at home in some of the worlds Lovecraft created.
Auroch shares the bill with Pangaia. Admission is $10 for the 19-plus show that starts at 9:30 p.m.