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 I think should be avoided like a camera phone at a Queensryche show.
Kylesa, Blood Ceremony, White Hills, and Lazer Wulf The Firebird, June 7 7:00 p.m. / $15 to $17
With two drummers, two guitars, bass, keys, synths and both male and female vocals, there isn't a lot that Kylesa can't do. With its dreamy melodies and psychedelic high energy, it's not hard to imagine the band as a heavier Sonic Youth. While two drummers are not all that unique in metal anymore, Kylesa manage to make the setup more interesting than most, with each not always chained to the same beat as one another. There is a nice give-and-take passed between the two kits (and sometimes additional drumming from other members) that all nicely complements each other, building solid and layered waves of percussion. The band is visiting in support of it's brand new album, Ultraviolet (released through Season of Mist), which has already been receiving rave reviews.
Along on the tour are Canadian occult rockers Blood Ceremony and the LSD-soaked dream/nightmare known as White Hills. Also opening the show is the prog/jam weirdos of Lazer Wulf. Don't be a putz, catch this whole show.
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