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 shouldn't be missed. And I'll try really hard not to make fun of the ones I don't care for, like Bullet for my Backstreet Boys or whatever the hell those bands are.
Saint Vitus with Pallbearer, the Hookers and Fister at the Firebird October 6 7 p.m. / $20
With the obvious exception of Black Sabbath, there are few bands more directly responsible for the stoner-rock movement than Saint Vitus. Even predating bands such as Sleep by over a decade, Vitus' beginnings trace back to the early 1980s, when the band first merged the fuzz and darkness of Black Sabbath with the raw intensity of Black Flag. Classic albums were released, lineup changes ensued, breakups, reunions and finally now the band is making its way through St. Louis for a major Sunday night doom fest.
This is typically the kind of show you might have to make a trip out of town to catch, but the good folks over at the Firebird are bringing the band here with Pallbearer and the Hookers in tow. This version of Vitus features Scott "Wino" Weinrich, also of the Obsessed and ultra-heavy supergroup Shinebuilder, on vocals. Wino first debuted with Saint Vitus on 1986's Born Too Late album, but setlists from a recent Australian tour show the potential of hearing fan favorites such as "War Is Our Destiny" and other early Scott Reagers-era tracks. If you've ever hoped to catch a stoner-metal legend like Saint Vitus live, this may likely be your first and last chance to do so.