Vocals. That’s what immediately comes to mind when I hear the name Dax Riggs. His voice is other-worldly, expelling dark lyrics in a visceral howl. He’s half man, half beast.
Riggs’ musical career broke with his band, Acid Bath, garnering him a following in the underground metal scene. We fell in love with him after he formed Deadboy and Elephantman in 2002, which featured a more blues-inspired sound, landing squarely in the HearYa sweet spot. Here we are in 2010, embarking on Halloween, and Dax Riggs has just released his third solo album Say Goodnight To the World. It’s a gloomy album that was recorded in his home studio in Austin, TX.
Dax and band visited us while touring through Chicago to showcase a few songs from the new album. “I Hear Satan” starts things off with a slow burn followed by several dark ballads, including a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel.” That song was originally inspired by the suicide of a man who left a note behind that read, “I walk a lonely street.” It was written by a high school teacher, arranged by Tommy Durden, and made famous by Elvis Presley. Dax brings the spirit of the song back to it’s haunting roots in the session and on the album. And finally, the session ends with a face melter in “Let Me Be Your Cigarette.”
I can’t think of a better session to ward off (or maybe welcome) evil spirits in the month of October.
Video: Dax Riggs – Let Me Be Your Cigarette (Live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)
Video: Dax Riggs – Say Goodnight To The World (Live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)