The ten best metal shows in Denver in August
GIGANTOUR @ 1STBANK Center | FRI, 8/2/13
Sure, Megadeth's last several albums have been less than stellar, but they can still rip it up on stage, playing the schoolyard rough 'em up songs from back in the day. You also can't find too many more musicians dedicated to giving his fans an awesome show than Mustaine -- plus, you might get lucky and hear Dave rant about politics. Black Label Society, who's far superior on stage, is also on the bill, as well as Jason Newsted's namesake band Newsted.
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BARONESS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | WED, 8/21/13
When a southern sludge metal band like Baroness slogs into town with an album of the year according to Revolver and Decibel magazines, its hard to resist the mudslide headed toward the Bluebird. Baroness can tire out its concertgoers with brow-dripping long solos, dueling leads and poetic societal soul-searching lyrics set free with a motley of harmonies and screaming. (Baroness is also due at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, August 20.)
THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI, 8/16/13
As one of the pioneers of mathcore, The Dillinger Escape Plan's mindboggling debut album Calculating Infinity was the first album to be hailed as the subgenre's new identity, weaving viciously chaotic metal with the boldly experimental and second-to-second instrumental shifts. If you have never come across Dillinger before, just walk past a woodshop class that's right next the heavy metal class in the school of rock.
(Cattle Decapitation, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, the Ocean, Revocation and AEON share this Summer Slaughter bill with the Dillinger Escape Plan.)
SOULFLY @ MARQUIS THEATER | SAT, 8/3/13
Back to the primitive like a caveman from the Ice Age, Soulfly busts out percussion-rich Brazilian tribal metal, along with instruments that look like they were crafted in the Amazon rainforest. This show is the chance to run, shove and slam in a mosh pit, as well as break out the tribal dancing shoes circling around the mosh pit. Soulfly is a direct descendent of Sepultura, one of the good suns of thrash/groove metal.