Ten must-see metal shows in Denver this month
TURBONEGRO @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/20/13
This band from Oslo, Norway, took more than a cue or two from Finnish glam rock legends Hanoi Rocks and that band's heroes, New York Dolls. But these guys took the theatrical side of glam a few steps further with completely outlandish make-up and absurd, and cartoonishly sexual, lyrics. Anyone who thinks a band is too serious with song titles like "The Midnight NAMBLA" and "Hobbit Motherfuckers" from an album titled Ass Cobra, is probably missing the joke. All jokes aside, Turbonegro's bombastic live show and profane songs should appeal to anyone that enjoys glam metal when that music pokes fun at its own ridiculousness.
OPETH @ FOX THEATRE | MON & TUES, 5/20-5/21
Opeth started out as a death metal outfit when it's members were still teenagers. But within a few years of its 1990 formation, the band went in a far more melodic direction while maintaining its technical, even progressive, musical instincts. Guitarist and vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt employs distorted death metal style vocals and clean, even ethereal, vocals for the quieter passages. With acoustic guitars and synths as part of the band's soundscape, Opeth has a broad enough songwriting palette that it has been known to do acoustic tours, much to the puzzlement of some of its fans. But fear not, this will be a two night run of its ambitious and orchestral metal.
KYLESA @ MARQUIS THEATER | TUES, 5/21/13
Savannah, Georgia's Kylesa began in 2001 when Philip Cope, Brian Duke and Christian Depken, formerly of Damad, teamed up with art student/guitarist Laura Pleasants to form the kind of band that always seemed open to experimentation around a core of heavy music. A perfect amalgam of sludgy, sometimes bluesy, metal, hardcore and psychedelia with occasional shoegaze flourishes, this band's music defies easy categorization. Think later Isis or even Neurosis, in terms of the experimental edge with an ear for the accessibly strange. Kylesa's upcoming album Ultraviolet, due out May 28, features Pleasants more prominently as a vocalist, giving the weighty music an uncommon buoyancy, and includes some of the band's most daring songs to date.