Let’s take a trip down the black brick road and look at the awesome shows coming to the area during the next couple of months. I’ll give you the info, and a run down on what the bands are like.
March 3 at The Stache inside The Intersection [GR] $15 / All-Ages
Protest the Hero – Progressive, technical metal with a sense of humor, and recent explosion in popularity.
Battlecross – Michigan’s own “blue collar thrash metal” is basking in their own explosion with spots on major tours.
The Safety Fire – Progressive metal with a newer edge and cleaner vocals.
Also on the show: Intervals and Night Versus
March 4 at The Intersection [GR] $18 / All-Ages
Between the Buried and Me – Technical metal that goes from ambient and melodic to total death and destruction in mere seconds. Interesting and complex. You’ve gotta experience this live.
Deafheaven – Black metal, often instrumental and always dark with the classic black metal vocal sytle. Their latest album made many of ‘The Best of 2013’ lists.
Intronaut – Progressive metal with an infusion of prog rock and even jazz. I can’t wait to see them live.
Also on the show: The Kindred
March 7 at The Stache inside The Intersection [GR] $15 / All-Ages
The Sword – Doom metal with a stonery, groovy, rocker feel. If you like Clutch or Monster Magnet, check out The Sword. As it is said: “Chicks love The Sword.”
Big Business – Sludgy, dirty metal with a badass drummer and great melodic vocal style.
O’Brother – Experimental, ambient metal, perfect to open a show – or sooth your hangover.
March 9 at The Intersection [GR] $16 / All-Ages
Motionless in White – Metalcore with a dark, theatrical side and very high energy.
Like Moths to Flames – Metalcore that’s got the modern, bouncy thing going on.
The Plot in You – More metalcore, but on the heavier side of it, a little darker and more intense.
Also on the show: The Defiled
March 20 at The Intersection [GR] $13 / All-Ages
Veil of Maya – Deathcore with some melodic and even black metal pieces, they have that ‘Djent’ sounding bass.
Reflections – Technical deathcore with that bass again; if you like the sounds of Meshuggah, you should be at this show.
Erra – Progressive metalcore with a mix of clean and screaming vocal styles.
Also on the show: Oceans Over Earth
April 4 at The Stache inside The Intersection [GR] $15 / All-Ages
Iced Earth – Old school power metal veterans, they’ve got a new album out and haven’t hit GR in years.
Sabaton – Power metal from Sweden that sings of battle. Helmets are encouraged at the show.
Revamp – Symphonic metal from The Netherlands, with a chick singer. Be prepared to get blown away.
If you’re in the mood for a road trip to the East Side of the Metal Mitten…
Animals as Leaders, After the Burial
March 6 at Saint Andrew’s Hall [DET] $18 / All-Ages
Children of Bodom, Death Angel
March 24 at Saint Andrew’s Hall [DET] $20 / All-Ages
Emmure, Volumes, Thy Art is Murder, Gideon, Sworn In
March 19 at The Magic Stick [DET] I can’t find details on this one; someone show The Magic Stick how to run a Facebook page.
Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red
March 29 at The Royal Oak Music Theater [DET] $25 / All-Ages
April 4 at The Fillmore [DET] (not sure on ticket prices, the link is broken)
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox, Shining
April 10 at The Crofoot [PONT] $20 / All-Ages