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. The good news is that March is looking pretty excellent for metal fans.
Mutilation Rites with Inter Arma, Ashes and Iron, and Everything Went Black March 11th at Fubar 7:00 pm / $12 Mutilation Rites's name sounds like a death metal band, but it's record label Prosthetic is home to mostly hardcore, but the band plays black metal. Confused? Don't be, because the band rules. I avoided giving it a listen for the longest time because I thought the band name was dumb; little did I know the name was taken from a song by black metal legends, Inquisition. Great, so I'm superficial AND I'm a poser. Anyway, as many of you know, that fine line between stupid and clever discussed by Spinal Tap can be all too evident in this subgenre, but Mutilation Rites land perfectly on the latter side of said line. The band plays fast paced, raw black metal that moves from anger to sadness to eerie beauty with intensity and purpose, never sounding contrived and without the corpse paint clown outfits. This is without question some of the best black metal you'll see in this town anytime soon.
Richmond, Virginia's Inter Arma is along on the tour and is one of those bands I'm happy to say I can't quite pigeonhole into a specific genre. The sound reeks of ominous black metal atmosphere, but with a much heavier low end and some progressive and spacey elements thrown in as well. Get there early because also on the show are Ashes and Iron and Everything Went Black, both the absolute top of the line when it comes to heavy local bands.
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