The Dark Horse rears its metal head

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It looks like local metal bands have found themselves a home.

Not long ago we told you all about Missoula's unsung metal scene, including how local metal bands had lost one of their main venues, The Other Side, after bar owner Tom Reed suddenly passed away in May 2009. Since that time, The Other Side has become a cowboy bar called the Sunrise Saloon, which hosts honky tonk, bluegrass and line dancing. Meanwhile, Reed's other bar, Buck's Club, which adjoins the Sunrise Saloon, was still in limbo.

Until now.

Now under the name The Dark Horse, the bar will have its grand opening with two metal shows—one on New Year's Eve and the other on New Year's—featuring local bands Universal Choke Sign, Undun, Mageddon and Judgment Hammer, among others. The show is sponsored by The Blaze radio station and metal production company Demonlily, which touts the show as an induction of the venue as the local metal scene's new home.

Local metal band Universal Choke Sign includes, from left to right, Per Carlson, J.J. Keller, Dayv Drake and Justin Tribble.
  • Cathrine L. Walters
  • Local metal band Universal Choke Sign includes, from left to right, Per Carlson, J.J. Keller, Dayv Drake and Justin Tribble.

BTW: The space formerly known as Buck's Club isn't a stranger to heavy rock and metal bands. Besides hosting several local acts like the Lazerwolfs, the stage has seen cult favorites like Faster Pussycat, Fu Manchu and Nashville Pussy.

The grand opening weekend for The Dark Horse at 1805 Regent St. kicks off Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, at 8 PM nightly. $5 each night.

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