Archive for the ‘Metal’ Category

Between the Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders at The Pageant

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

This is definitely not one to miss.


Between the Buried and Me is one of the best metal bands of the last decade, infusing metalcore roots with a healthy dose of melodicism, as well as elements of blues and jazz, arena rock, bluegrass, and just about anything else you can think of, creating their self-described "adult contemporary progressive death metal" sound.

Their 2007 album "Colors" is widely considered a progressive metal masterpiece.  They recenlty released the EP "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" on Victory Records.


Animals as Leaders is led by 8-string guitar wizard Tosin Abasi, and his jazz-and-electronica influenced "djent" stylings.

Thier second album, "Weightless" was just released on Prosthetic Records, and is one of the  best records of 2011, in my opinion.


Both bands will be performing at The Pageant on Sunday, November 13. Doors open at 7 pm.

Just for fun

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

And because it's so freakin' cool.

And because they're playing the Pageant in November.

Frak the Gods Tour: You should be there.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

St. Louis often gets the short end of the stick as far as great metal shows are concerned. While we live in a respectably-sized city, we are in relative geographic isolation compared to some of our larger-market midwestern brethren: namely Chicago and Cleveland. In my opinion we get two or three or four really good shows per year, and as such we must make a concerted effort to support them when they do come to town. This is one of those moments. The "Frak the Gods Tour" (kudos to the promoter for the Battlestar Galactica reference) features a truly incredible lineup of some of the best up-and-comers the scene has to offer. Headliner Periphery has been making waves since their self-titled Djent-styled debut album came out last year, and better support cannot be found than Dutch metallers Textures and their American Tech-Death comrades The Human Abstract, both of which released monster albums this year (the latter's "Digital Veil" being one of my favorite records thus far in 2011). The show is tomorrow evening (Sept. 27) at Fubar in central west end. Now that you have been briefed on the significance of this event, you have no excuse not to be in attendance. I shall link to music videos from all three bands, for your visual and auditory pleasure.



Human abstract



Mastodon’s “The Hunter” is almost upon us!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Few things make me happier than the imminent release of a new Mastodon album. Their previous release, 2009's "Crack the Skye," was my favorite CD of that year, so naturally my expectations are steep. In order to tide you over, here's the video for "Black Tongue," from the upcoming album, "The Hunter," which comes out September 26 on Reprise Records.

Mastodon – \"Black Tongue\"