Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the upcoming metal shows in town that I think shouldn't be missed, and I'll try really hard not to make fun of the ones that do not fit my personal tastes (see this month's Mushroomhead concert.)
Wretched with Lyluth, The Arcane Horror, Oceans of Icarus, Skywalker at Fubar February 7 7:00 p.m. / $12 Wretched is a technical death/thrash band from Charlotte, NC that plays with more melody than the average death metal band and writes way less about pizza than the average thrash band. The group's technicality is top-notch, but never comes across as contrived or unnecessary. Unlike metal bands like Born of Orsis, who seem to cut and paste twelve different guitar clinic lessons into a single pointless song, Wretched is actually capable of writing songs that sound like -- believe it or not -- songs.
The band is currently touring in support of its upcoming album Son of Perdition, which will be released March 26 on Victory Records. Don't let the terrible roster of medio-core that Wretched calls a label deter you from giving the band a listen, though. Opening the show is a bunch of locals who could range anywhere from bad-fucking-ass to straight-up-juggalo. You'll just have to roll the dice on that one, but at least if you crap out Fubar has the lounge bar next door to offer escape.
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