The first week of February was a good week for us metalheads. There were no less than 5 concerts announced, 3 of which were on the same day. And I’m not talking about some random metal bands you’ve probably never heard of; these are all HUGE names in the metal scene (almost as big as my…personality). The following are some bands that I am looking forward to not only seeing live, but maybe even meeting face to face as well (yes, you should be jealous)
Black Tusk: San Francisco, March 27th - Black Tusk, basically a sludgier version of Baroness, is coming to town on the day that coincides with both Meshuggah’s and Mars Volta’s album release. Not sure who decided to make March 27th the METAL day, but I’m not complaining.
Protest the Hero/Periphery: San Francisco, April 2nd - After missing out on both of last year’s Protest the Hero shows, I am determined not to miss this one, not only because this is their last tour supporting Scurrilous, but also because their fucking awesome live (or so I’ve heard). It also has one of my favorite “up-and-coming” bands Periphery, who I wouldn’t mind getting a little freaky to.
Opeth/Mastodon: Oakland, April 27th - There had been rumors flying around that Opeth was going to tour with Mastodon, but they weren’t confirmed until just recently. However, something that I don’t think will ever get confirmed, but is still fucking hilarious, is linked here for your pleasure: FOOSBALL
Meshuggah/Baroness: San Francisco, May 6th – Who would have thought these two would tour together? Definitely an odd lineup, but an awesome one nonetheless. I know Baroness is going to be great, but I’m really interested to see what Meshuggah can do live. If they can put on a performance that has as much force and aggression as their music does, this will definitely be a show to remember.
Cannibal Corpse/Between the Buried and Me: To Be Announced - This is the motherload, and promising to be a lineup that will blow all the other previous Summer Slaughter shows away. I’ve never been too inclined to go to Summer Slaughter because the line ups have never been outstanding in my opinion, but having two monster bands like BTBAM and Cannibal Corpse headline is definitely peaking my interest, and The Faceless is a great complement to those two. If you want to know any more about the Summer Slaughter bands, than too bad. You’ll just have to wait like the rest of us: they’re announcing a new band every Sunday.