Metal Show Of The Week: Pelican

Who? Pelican
When? Saturday, November 2nd
Where? DC9 (map)
How much? $15 cash at the door or on Ticket Fly

I won’t lie, there’s a ton of great shows coming up in the next week (and beyond) on the DCHM upcoming concert calendar. Dying Fetus/Exhumed, Watain/In Solitude, Orange Goblin, Finntroll… but this week’s pick for metal show of the week goes to a gig that’s a bit more obscure. Chicago’s Pelican is headlining a show at DC9 (right by the 9:30 Club, Velvet Lounge, etc…) this Saturday, November 2nd, and if you don’t know who they are you should check come them out. They’re an instrumental band and they’re not particularly brutal by any means. In fact they’re often labeled as post rock, though they did play at Maryland Deathfest back in May. They’re not overly soft like some instrumental bands though, they’ve got some big riffs in there and they really jam out live. They just put out a new album, Forever Becoming, this month and I’m pretty excited to hear them play some material off of it, particularly the song Deny The Absolute.

Pelican isn’t the only band worth seeing on this bill though. Coliseum is from Kentucky’s punk scene though they’re not your typical punk band. Their songs are actually really well put together with riffs that are very catchy. When I saw Coliseum play a Deathfest after show back in May they were super energetic on stage and they should be a perfect warm up set before Pelican. Coliseum will also be selling tour posters for that look like this so bring a few extra bucks to snag one (or some other merch). There’s also a local punk band called Highway Cross opening the show. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of them before but they remind me of Fugazi some. You can check them out here and be sure to listen to the tracks I’ve posted by Pelican and Coliseum below as well. I hope to see some of you at the show, it should be a lot of fun!

Metal Show Of The Week: Hush

Who? Hush
When? Saturday, October 19th
Where? Velvet Lounge (map)
How much? $8 cash at the door

This week’s pick for the metal show of the week goes to Hush at the Velvet Lounge on Saturday, Oct 19th. All of the bands on this bill are worth checking out in their own right even if you can’t make this show. I’m not just saying that to be nice either, it really is a stacked line up. First up the band Hush comes from Albany, New York and brings a dark and angry form of sludgy doom metal to town. If you’ve never heard them before then be sure to download their Untitled I album here (you name the price, even free). If you like slow and heavy metal then you’ll like these guys.

Hush is a good band, no doubt about it, and it’s definitely worth checking them out in a close up live setting like this, but this show has an excellent line up of local metal bands playing as well. The Osedax is a local atmospheric doom metal band and I can tell you these guys are an excellent live band. Their songs are doomy and yet leave you energized. You can download a song of theirs for free here. Also on the bill is Fortress, a local favorite of mine (if you count Hagerstown, MD as local). Their live show is Motörhead level loud but slow and heavy like lava oozing from a volcano. You can download their demo for free here but you’ve really got to see them live to truly experience the force of their sound (tip: bring ear plugs!). And let’s not forget local black metal band Thrain. The three piece has no bass player but they make up for it by not giving a shit about bass and writing some shredding dual guitar black metal anyways. Some of you may recognize the band’s ginger front man James Healy, the guy who fixes up guitars for metal heads around the area at Old Town Lutherie. You can also grab Thrain’s demo for free here.

In addition to the four bands the Philly based indie label Dullest Records will be setting up shop for the night so you vinyl collectors might want to bring a few extra dollars cash. In all, this is a great line up with a dark touring band and three excellent local bands, and it’s just $8! The Velvet Lounge is on U Street right around the corner from the 9:30 Club and as such it’s easily reachable by Metro. Doors open at 9pm and the first band goes on at 9:30. Please note that it is ages 21+ only. I hope to see some of you there, it’s going to be a hell of a dark show! Now check out these clips of the bands from YouTube, a couple of them are live recordings so you’ll have to excuse the low sound quality on those.

Metal Show Of The Week: Acrassicauda

I figure that running this website is simply not taking up enough of my free time already so I’ve decided to start a new feature that I’ll call Metal Show Of The Week. In these posts I’ll write about an upcoming metal show to feature that I think people should know about and I’ll give it a little more back story than is given on the calendar. It could be huge national or international touring bands or it could be a locals only show or anything in between. Despite the name I probably won’t write one every week, particularly if there isn’t a metal show that I’m really fired up about in any given week. As always feedback is welcome so if you like the idea let me know. If you think I could make things better let me know how. Feedback is always welcome as long as it’s constructive.

Who? Acrassicauda
When? Sunday, October 6th
Where? Tally Ho Theater (map)
How much? $15 day of show, $10 advance

This first metal show of the week post is going to be about Acrassicauda coming this Sunday, October 6th, to the Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, Virginia. These guys are a thrash metal band originally from Baghdad, Iraq and they’re probably most famous for being featured in the documentary Heavy Metal In Baghdad but they’re a damn good band too. They’ve only played the area once before, opening for Destruction at Jaxx (now named Empire) back in May 2011, but unfortunately their set was cut considerably short. This time they’re headlining and it’s sure to be a much better show. Acrassicauda, named after a black scorpion in their homeland, is getting ready to record a full length album and since this is the first show of their tour we may be the first ever to hear some of the new material live!

The venue is the Tally Ho Theater, a recently renovated theater that now can put on concerts (more info about the venue in this Washington Post article here) and to my knowledge this is their first ever metal show. Hopefully a good turn out means they’ll get more great metal shows like this one in the future. I haven’t even mentioned the openers but they are worth getting there to see, particularly Iris Divine, who are probably the area’s best progressive metal band right now. There will also be sets by Dispellment, a local black metal band and Silence The Blind a thrashy ‘core band. Tickets are $15 but you can get them in advance for $10 here. And I know it’s out in Leesburg but if Acrassicauda can get out of their war torn country on the other side of the world to bring the thrash then your ass can find a ride to Leesburg for this rare opportunity to see them play live. Now headbang to this Acrassicauda song, “Message From Baghdad,” and I hope to see a lot of you there!