Why the Denver metal scene should be proud of last night's Meshuggah and BTBAM show
It may not be unusual for a metal show to push the Ogden Theatre to full capacity, but any promoter is facing an uphill task in selling a Monday-night show. Still, Denver metal fans rallied together for Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me with no concern for work, bedtimes or curfews. How did this show become so immensely successful on such a notoriously hard-to-sell night?
Meshuggah and BTBAM are both bands who carry the loyalty from people outside of the metal scene. The former is considered the forefather of the djent movement, closely tied to progressive metal, which has enjoyed recent popularity thanks to bands like BTBAM. Any random sample of ten fans last night would have included three or four non-metal veterans; people who may not enjoy screaming in music but make an exception for BTBAM's harmonies and eclectic change-ups (one song briefly delved into some form of bluegrass) or Meshuggah's polyrhythmic chugging.
It also helped that Monday's show included only the two bands listed on the bill, so there was no confusion about the times of doors, show, and when the large-font, bold-type bands would play. Doors were at 7 p.m., BTBAM played at 8 p.m., then Meshuggah had almost an hour and a half to destroy the Ogden. It was as straightforward as anyone can expect from a metal show.
This tour represents Meshuggah's 25th year as a band, while BTBAM has sold out both Summit Music Hall and the Ogden in previous Denver stops. It also features two bands that could potentially headline. At least 1,500 Denver metal heads will pass along tales about this lineup to future generations, and it all happened on a Monday night.