The best metal shows in Denver in February
TUES | MANOWAR at OGDEN THEATRE | 2/18/14
Manowar is powered by lyrics crowned in fantasy-flamed swords, armor, and everything having to do with metal warfare clashing into Norse mythology. Eric Adams's powerful vocals are steeped in wordy wizardry that really drives home the aggressive themes. "Man o' War" was a heavy firepower warship used from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth, and just like the warship, Manowar is bringing its own massive armory to the Mile High City to explode eardrums.
SUN | DEAFHEAVEN at MARQUIS THEATER | 2/16/14
Deafheaven's heart-bleeding black metal ebbs and flows with buzz-saw screams, twitchy fingering, and blast beats that escape and seep into the trippy. Searing and getting under the skin with raw confession, drama and infectious melody, the band's sophomore release, Sunbather, was arguably one of the best metal albums of 2013.
TUES | AMON AMARTH + ENSLAVED at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/11/14
Persistent conquerors of metal music sailing the ocean with lyrics that are armor-thick with Norse mythology, old worlds, Vikings, bloody battles and epic journeys, Amon Amarth can still knock out its enemies with double-bladed battle axes and alcohol-corroded vocals fit for a king. It will be a Scandinavian double bill at the Summit, with Norway's Enslaved bringing its progressive brand of black metal, which burns grand and atmospheric. The band's newer sound can throw off those who seek consistent aggression, but the outfit balances harsh and clean vocals far better than most bands.
FRI | PENTAGRAM at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/28/14
Influenced by Black Sabbath, Pentagram is considered one of the first doom metal bands, and the act influenced many other bands in that subgenre. Although prolific in the underground scene with shows, singles and demos in the '70s, the group didn't get around to releasing their first album until the band reached its early teens. Pentagram is one of those bands that are wildly underrated with a heavy and mean sound crusted over with creepy vocals from the only longtime member, Bobby Liebling.
WEDS | EXHUMED at MARQUIS THEATER | 2/5/14
Exhumed is geared up and ready to hack, maim and kill once again with a brutal carnage of death metal and grindcore, coated with screamed and grunted gory lyrics, witnessed through an allegorical lens that must have been created by Dr. Frankenstein. Full of sophisticated arrangements and instrumentation, Exhumed only gets better with each album. Toxic Holocaust is also on this excellent bill.