Best Rock Band - 2006
Riddle of Steel
With one member (drummer Rob Smith) living out of town, Riddle of Steel doesn't play St. Louis too often. But when the power trio does grace us with its presence, it's clear why Riddle of Steel is the best rock band in town, hands down: They're skilled purveyors of no-frills dude-rock inspired by stoner-kings Queens of the Stone Age, the viscous post-rock of Season to Risk and Touch & Go's entire spiky oeuvre. Whether they're tackling the Police (the band, not the people) or conquering Europe (the place, not the band), Riddle of Steel bring it on all cylinders.