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Local psychedelic/stoner metal trio Druids are set to commemorate the release of their third full-length record, “Monument,” by playing a hometown show at Wooly’s on Saturday, April 20, with fellow Des Moines bands Green Death and Holy White Hounds, as well as Kansas City’s Orphans of Doom.

Consisting of brothers Luke (vocals/guitar) and Drew Rauch (vocals/bass) and Keith Rich (drums), the three-piece has carved out its own little niche within the genre.

Of course, Slipknot put Des Moines on the metal musical map back in 1995. However, up-and-coming bands, such as Green Death, Dead Horse Trauma and Druids, to name a few, are making some headway within the genre.

“We do love being a Des Moines band,” Luke Rauch told the Register. “We often find ourselves defending Des Moines when we’re on the road because people see it as a flyover state and some people don’t even know where it is. We get a lot of questions about what is there to do there, or if there’s anything going on there, musically.”

But there’s nothing like a hometown show.

“We’re really looking forward to playing in front of some people who we may not have normally played in front of,” Rauch said. “(It’s) a pretty diverse bill: We’ve played with Green Death a few times, but playing with Holy White Hounds is always fun — they’re good friends of ours. They bring a different crowd, so it’ll be fun just to play in front of some new people and to jam with some old buddies.”

On “Monument,” Druids have crafted a familiar sound within the genre, yet with a fresh approach on its five expansive tracks. Taking their cue from bands such as Mastodon, High on Fire, Torch and Red Fang, Druids expands and explores more of their psychedelic sludgy-blues influences with their melodic, ’70s prog-rock side.

“We are constantly trying to find what excites us in our lane of metal,” Rauch said. “We’re just trying to keep it interesting — musically and lyrically. We’re just trying to impress ourselves and impress each other with what we bring to the table and try to keep it as creative as possible.”

“Monument’s” loud and fuzzy production values allow the listener to crank it up to an 11 without losing clarity of each instrument — especially Keith Rich’s thunderous drum sound.

“On the last two records, we have been focusing on making the production sound not overproduced,” Rauch said. “We worked with Brandon Darner and Micah Natera as producers and engineers, and they’ve been helping us focus on our writing and helping us, vocally. We don't like things being squeaky clean and polished. The drum sound, we were wanting a live sound, and that's kind of what the whole record is about. We kind of want to keep it consistent, and I think we just really focused on a live-sounding record.”

After slugging it out in the local scene for nearly a decade now, the band is ready to have a breakout year with this new release.

Thankfully, Druids is on the right path.

“Yeah, I do feel like we're on the right path,” Rauch said. “I feel like our method is to pretty much just go full bore. We typically do about 60 dates a year, and we're on track to doing that this year. We're really excited to get out there and hit the road and share this record with people. We feel that it’s easily our best record and we're very proud of the work that we did on it and we're just going to keep on moving.”

If you go:

What: Druids, Holy White Hounds, Green Death and Orphans of Doom
When: Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
Where: Wooly’s, 504 East Locust St., Des Moines
Tickets: $12-$15

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