Separation of Self 1/26/19 @ The Complex SLC, Utah

Local music is where it starts.  National acts wouldn’t be where they are if not for them getting their start in Anytown, USA.  While shooting some local shows for friends of mine, I had my first introduction to Separation of Self. They put on an intense 30 minute set. I saw them again a couple of months later opening up for instrumentalist Angel Vivaldi on his Guitar Collective tour in mid 2018.

Fast forward to late 2018 and Separation of Self announced a local bands concert.  I had been geeking out pretty hard with their recent single and video release of “L.O.S,” with it’s opening riff and infectious groove.  I think I’ve played it at least a hundred times. I’m listening to it multiple times while writing this review. I tell everyone I know who is into heavy music that they have to check the band out.

Dustin Burgess

The band is made up of Aaron “Kajol” Poulsen (vocals), Sebastian Smith (Drums), Walt Watts (Bass & Tattoo Artist), Doug Bigler (Guitar) and Dustin Burgess (Guitar).  Formed in 2004, the band has opened for a ‘who’s who’ in the metal community. Including Fit For An Autopsy, Unearth, Machine Head, Amon Amarth, Gojira and many others.

Sebastian Smith

When the band is onstage, the best way I can describe it is a hairball of headbanging.  The groove is locked in so tight you can see the band’s exceptional level of detail to it’s music.  You can fit the band into the categories of metal, metalcore and simply badass. Aaron splits the vocals between screams and singing which brings a nice balance of emotion to the music.  Check out their single “Kill It With Fire” (it is downright wicked) and other tracks on Spotify.

Walt Watts

Needles to say, every band on the bill represented SLC’s finest metal bands.  The show included Separation of Self, Founders of Ruin (review soon to come), Low Life, Far From, Threar, and Winter Light.

Aaron “Kajol” Poulson
Doug Bigler

Separation of Self is hard at work to release an EP later in 2019.  Be sure to add them to your social media and Spotify accounts. No doubt that I’ll be at every show I can be!

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It has been said that the older you get the softer your musical choices become. Though I have always listened to a variety of music, I would say I am not part of that statistic. Metallica’s Master of Puppets started off my journey into heavy music and most recently followed up by WhiteChapel, The Haunted, Feared, Lamb of God and many others. A (very) part time guitarist at this point, I have shared the stage with the likes of Sevendust and hung out backstage with the boys in Pantera. Music is life blood for me as I’m sure many can relate to. A tour of European festivals is on my bucket list! Follow me on IG @wickedsensationphotography

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