The six best metal shows in Denver this month
2. PALLBEARER @ MARQUIS THEATER | WEDS, 2/6/13
Pallbearer came out of the underground metal scene of central Arkansas. The band was formed in 2008 by bassist Joseph D. Rowland and guitarist and vocalist Brett Campbell, who had been playing together in SPORTS, an outfit that perhaps unintentionally upped the ante on Jucifer's own extensive use of amps on stage. For this project, Rowland and Campbell pared back to the essentials but further explored the psychedelic and atmospheric possibilities of heavy music. With clear nods to the likes of Black Sabbath and Sleep, Pallbearer weaves unconventional melodies and extended hooks from dense, low-end guitar sounds. The group's latest release, 2012's Sorrow and Extinction, also reveals a band that does more than dabble in the haunting, minimal yet expansively layered composition style of Popol Vuh.
1. NEUROSIS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 2/16/13
Starting out as a hardcore band inspired by the likes of Amebix, Neurosis has, for nearly three decades, been a foundational band in its own right, having shed any obvious influences by the time of its epochal 1992 album, Souls at Zero. Over the course of the rest of its career, Neurosis didn't just take doom metal in an interesting direction, it brought together ideas from industrial music, neo-folk and avant-garde film to create a live experience of vivid images and sounds like a living, breathing, dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish, dark, gritty psychedelia of often mythological proportions. Records like 1996's Through Silver in Blood and 1999's Times of Grace practically served as a blueprint for most of the inspired experimental metal for the next decade. Touring for its latest release, 2012's Honor Found in Decay, Neurosis makes a rare and long overdue appearance in Denver, its first in over a decade.