The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows To See In November
Scale The Summit
Whisky A Go-Go
The majority of instrumental metal projects are forgettable upon completion of the first listen. Houston's Scale The Summit, however, rises high above the glut of mediocrity and leaves an impression with the instrumental work on their newest record, The Migration. The group's musicianship is impeccable and brings out the Musicians' Institute crowd, but it's their songcraft that leaves a mark with casual listeners. Melodic riffs stay in your head, and every idea presented is fleshed out enough to remain fresh upon repeat listens.
Two distinct brands of doom metal will be on display at this show. Seattle's Samothrace builds their sound on guitar work that resembles blues riffs slowed down to one-tenth the speed with a wall of distortion on every sound --musical and vocal-- emitted. The brand of doom by Salt Lake City's SubRosa's is more experimental and artistically-minded, with elements of folk music blended in through the use of two electric violins. Both bands bring their own qualities to the genre, but both succeed equally in challenging the boundaries of what doom metal can be.
Lightning Swords of Death
Five Star Bar
This black metal quintet may hail from Los Angeles, but the cacophonous sounds produced on their most recent album Baphometic Chaosium call to mind the deepest, darkest corners of Scandinavia. The caustic screams of vocalist Autarch enhance the demonic chaos pushed forward by the band. The guitar duo of Roksva and Inverted Chris put together some of the finest hooks found in metal this year. The group's work as a whole is free of the more progressive-leanings black metal has been drifting towards the last few years.