When you think of hard rock, what sounds float through your head? Muscular guitars, probably. Powerful, insistent drums, too. Most certainly some soaring, throat-shredding vocals. But what about the didgeridoo? The New Zealand group Like a Storm have been incorporating the sounds of their home country into their thrash-friendly metal, and the hefty wind instrument works its way into the songs as if it’s always been an integral part of the genre. The band — which features brothers Chris, Matt and Kent Brooks alongside drummer Zach Wood — has played Spokane numerous times, and they’re returning behind their recent album called Catacombs, which offers plenty of anthemic choruses and undeniable riffs. And yes, plenty of didgeridoo.
— Nathan Weinbender