The 2012 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a month away. And if that is our own St. Louis Music holiday, then consider this the season: Over the next month, we'll be making our cases for all 125 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year. Each weekday between now and the showcase on June 2, we'll introduce the nominees from one or more of our 25 categories. For each artist you will find a photo, a streaming track to sample and a few words from the staff at RFT Music.
Fister Since 2009, Fister has stood tall as a singular pillar in St. Louis' metal community. Known for delivering Sabbath-esque doom at a snail's pace, the band's skillful dynamics traverse the tried elements that plague the genre. Aiming to be the loudest band in the city, Fister trudges on with roughneck progressions through a wall of amps, delivering a drudging exultation of fire and brimstone. Worshipping at the broken altar of bands such as Sleep and Dopethrone, its songs bellow with a darkened swagger, baptized in weed smoke and sworn to all that is unholy. Though humorous titles like "Witchfucker" and "Mazda of Puppets" hint at blatant parody, their music serves as a serious testament to true passion and solid musicianship. This month finds the shred-heavy trio releasing The Infernal Paramount EP, some of its most realized and lethal material to date. --Josh Levi
Jack Buck Opting out of the masculine gestures of contemporary metal, Jack Buck relays a fresh sound through a bending of genre conventions. Guitarist Chase Marci shreds brilliantly on noise rock-inspired riffage while Colin Webb provides a guttural punch with his vocals. Percussionist Daniel Ruder grounds the proceedings with deliberate and meaty rhythm, keen to the sharp beats of Touch and Go alumni Shellac and the Jesus Lizard. This variety is perhaps what makes Jack Buck so poignant -- the music works as a hybrid of basement hardcore and bar metal while flexing its muscle on the complexity of progressive rock. Jack Buck is a purveyor of do-it-yourself ethics, booking events, self-financing and promoting its own releases. With a follow-up to the 2011 release UGLY on the horizon, Jack Buck is poised to break new ground with total disregard for genre trappings. --Joseph Hess
The Lion's Daughter We should all be afraid of the Lion's Daughter. The trio plays the type of menacing sludge metal that the average citizen assumes is indoctrinating the youth with parent-killing messages. Musicians (or otherwise "not normal" people) should simply be on edge because the band is managing to become scary-good. Like, pact with the Devil good, meaty riffs of distilled wrath and albums that can compete with any stoner/black metal releases worldwide (thanks, Firebrand Recording!). The Lion's Daughter unleashed a great album and a greater EP last year, a trajectory that should make the most metallic among us foam at the mouth for whatever the band is up to next. Whatever it is, hide your kids. --Ryan Wasoba
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