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BEST METAL/THRASH BAND

Fister
Fresh off the release of its split twelve-inch with Lion's Daughter, Fister doesn't so much play music as bludgeon you with it. Its side of the split, titled And Their Masters Bled for Days, is a trudging trio of songs best played at ear-splitting volume while punching something. "Witchfucker," in particular, is a monolith of defiant bass and screaming guitar. "Santabbath" gets a reprise from the band's recent album, Bronsonic, which was originally released on cassette and later appeared online in an expanded Bronsonic — Lethal Overdose Edition with a half-dozen demos from 2009. (KM)

Everything Went Black
The past twelve months in the life of Everything Went Black have been anything but sunny. Shortly after releasing its Altars & Arsonists seven-inch, the band replaced two of its five members (one has since rejoined). Still, this change is a mild speed bump compared to the March 8 passing of guitarist and founding member Shagy Kennedy. Amid the darkness, there are reasons for optimism; the group recently landed an opening slot for Converge and contributed two powerhouse tracks to a split seven-inch with Louisville chuggers Rattletooth. "Card of Giants" is an underworldly dirge, and "Alaskan Demons" epitomizes the band's meshing of hardcore and metal, sounding like Black Flag crashing a Slayer show Kool-Aid-Man style. With a recent Tweet promising "heavier than shit new demos," there is more light on Everything Went Black's horizon: A full-length album will be released in October. (RW)

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500 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

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Region: St. Louis - Downtown

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1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

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Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Borean Dusk
This Bridgeton-based metal quartet lists its influences as Iron Maiden, Jethro Tull, Mastodon and traditional European folk. The band's self-titled debut album, released in 2010, delivers on that promise with a sound that thrashes into progressive territory — and forgoes any pretense at vocals. Key track "Wolf Totem" begins with a pseudo-Celtic mandolin romp that would set the scene to any number of fanboy fantasy epics before a wolf howl signals the song's descent into heavy electric guitars. The song maintains its pursuit-on-mythological-horseback pace for nine rolling minutes. (Moulton)
7:15 p.m., The Over/Under Bar & Grill Patio

Lion's Daughter
Lion's Daughter is the sort of band parents fear. There are certainly more abrasive and profane groups out there, but this trio's strain of Sabbath-worshiping metal comes off like the sonic embodiment of fire and brimstone. Lion's Daughter makes most doom-metal groups sound as heavy as the band from the Free Credit Report commercials. Distortion drenches the band's riffs like pig's blood on a prom queen, and Rick Giordano's growl is nothing shy of demonic. With a new split twelve-inch with Fister, Lion's Daughter commits its evil ways to wax — and allows your folks to play the record backward to discover the hidden messages. (RW)

Cross Examination
One of the first clues that thrash band Cross Examination doesn't take itself too seriously is that one of its most popular songs is "Awesome Party Squad Unite." Another one is that, on Facebook, its bio states: "Professionalism is stupid; bios are even worse." So we'll just say — er, briefly — that it'd be a mistake to think its fun über alles attitude is code for careless performances and clumsy sampling. It's not: The band demonstrates a great respect for older rap and hip-hop, while its skull-shattering guitars and vocals implores the faithful — that'd be the dudes wearing the band's "Winning!" T-shirts — to "Raid your fridge." Though it hasn't had a new album since 2008's Menace II Sobriety, the band's been teasing new songs on its website. (RFT)



BEST HARD-ROCK BAND

Tok
Brothers Bryan and Matt Basler have kept the stoner-rock riffs alive and well as the twin pillars in Tok for some time now, and thankfully little has changed in that time. The band still bursts eardrums and melts faces with its live shows, and its records display a wide knowledge of the sharp, driving guitar rock of the past 40 years. Onstage the Basler boys may look like twin contradictions — guitarist Bryan with his long hair and mountain-man beard, bassist Matt with his clean-cut looks and natty threads — but that brotherly bond comes through once the hammer drops on their take-no-prisoners rock & roll. (CS)

LucaBrasi
LucaBrasi's second full-length album, The Norris Division, out last November, used melodic pop touches to soften the band's hard-rock edge. Singer Matt McInerney can scream with the best of them, but his voice turns out to be most effective when he's actually, you know, singing, and the single "Turned Around" is downright catchy. The quintet is filled out by Jerry Jost on guitar, Mike Jost on drums, Josiah Werner on bass and Bill Reiter on keyboards. (RFT)
9:30 p.m., The Side Bar

Greek Fire
Radio-ready rock quartet Greek Fire features Story of the Year's Ryan Phillips and Philip Sneed. Since the band formed in May 2009, its profile has continued to rise on the strength of hard-to-pigeonhole tunes and strong songwriting. Greek Fire incorporates the best bits of classic rock and '80s-era rock and metal; its music hints at Queen's pristine vocal and harmonic layering, Cheap Trick's driving power-pop and KSHE riff heroes. Greek Fire has a three-song sampler EP for sale at shows, and its official debut single, "Doesn't Matter Anyway," came out in March. (AZ)

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