Ten must-see metal shows in Denver this month

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SERIS @ HERMAN'S HIDEAWAY | SAT, 5/4/13
Seris plays technical metal without trying to splice in another genre of music willy nilly. Melati Olivia is the kind of singer that isn't just strong but versatile. The rhythm section of Robert Jepsen and Cody Goodman pound out rhythms in precise sequence, adding in accents and flows with the melody while also driving the music. Scott Beckman's guitar work has that crunchy, start and stop pounding but on the edges he is able to transition to tripped out atmospherics worthy of early Pink Floyd or Voivod. The band's latest album, Rises, explores classic prog metal with a rare fluidity and grace.

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | TUES, 5/7/13
Yngwie Malmsteen got started playing guitar at a young age and had his first band at age ten. During his teen years he recorded a demo that somehow found its way into the hands of Shrapnel Records head Mike Varney. From there, Malmsteen had short stints in Steeler and Alcatrazz before setting off on a solo career with the release of his debut, Rising Force. The technical prowess displayed on the record showcased not only Malmsteen's interest in classical music but also his command of hard rock guitar. Malmsteen's technical ability has since become so widely known that the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II has an "Yngwie Malmsteen" award for players able to hit a thousand notes in a row without making a mistake.

BORIS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | TUES, 5/14/13
Getting its start in what passed for a hardcore scene in Tokyo in the early '90s, Boris channeled more difficult to classify bands like the Melvins (from whom the act took its name) and Sleep, as well as noise and psychedelia. As result, every Boris album is different, for better or worse, but always worth a listen. The act's 2005 album, Pink, was a bit of a breakthrough for the band, in terms of its popularity, critical praise and commercial success. The group has released numerous albums and collaborative records with the likes of the Cult's Ian Astbury, Fushitsusha's Keiji Haino, SunnO))) and fellow Japanese psych musician, Ghost's Michio Kurihara. Boris is heavy and dynamic but never boring.

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN @ FOX THEATRE | TUES, 5/14/13
The Dillinger Escape Plan came out of the hardcore scene of Morris Plains, New Jersey, in 1997. Former members of Arcane, including this group's sole remaining original member, guitarist Ben Weinman, got together and wrote songs with a savagely mathematical precision coupled with a more adventurous spirit of sonic exploration than generally heard in hardcore. After releasing its debut album in 1999, Calculating Infinity, Dillinger's contorted and seething dynamics caught the attention of Mike Patton, who brought the band on what would be Mr. Bungle's final tour. Despite the inexorable forward momentum of the music and chaotic clangor of the music, there are multiple rhythms that separate and come together giving Dillinger a sound of amplified outrage. The outfit's latest album, One Of Us Is the Killer, comes out later this month


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drew.volker
drew.volker

another vote for The Body. disgustingly heavy and underappreciated.

Grant Netzorg
Grant Netzorg

I'd add The Body @ 3 Kings on 5/9, and Ides of Gemini IDES OF GEMINI | IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS | WED MAY 22 @ LARIMER LOUNGE

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