The Best Metal Concerts in NYC This Month
Enslaved: Straight Outta Norway
If Zeppelin's "Immigrant" song is as Viking-metal as you get, then Norwegian Black Metal legends Enslaved will immerse you headfirst in the "land of the midnight sun." Together since 1991, Enslaved early albums were recorded in Norwegian, and Icelandic, though latter days, Recent songs like the incredibly dynamic "Thoughts Like Hammers" boast clean vocals, some blast-beat drumming, and epically melodic moments meshed with cookie monster-vocal interludes. How can you not appreciate a band whose song "Heimdallr" is an Old Norse excerpt from Gylfaginning by Snorri Sturluson? Still, Enslaved are more than a musical history lesson, as their gig February 22 at the Bowery Ballroom will surely prove.
Uli Jon Roth
Uli Jon Roth is not for everyone. In fact, he's mostly for male guitar geeks. Older ones. Who might enjoy the occasional game of Dungeons and Dragons. But for that fan base, there can be none more revered. (Except for, maybe, Robin Trower.) The German guitarist was a forerunner in the neo-classical metal genre that was annoyingly co-opted by Yngwie Malmsteen. Roth, a former member of the Scorpions, is of a headier nature, and counts among his credits the creation of the Sky Guitar (custom guitars able to emulate the high notes of a violin thanks to extra frets). Watch Roth shred on February 6 at Stage 48 OR pay $120 the same day at noon to get a guitar lesson as part of the Uli Jon Roth Guitar Workshop & Seminar.
The Dirty Pearls
Not strictly metal, but not not metal, this February 23 show at the Grammercy marks the NYC band's triumphant return to their home turf following a tour with their old pal Lady Gaga. If you're a fan of Buckcherry, Guns N' Roses, or reaching further back, the Ramones and the Dolls (and all the attendant debauchery that goes along with those bands) then the Dirty Pearls are your new bffs. Back in the New York groove, indeed.
See also: The Lady GaGa Approved Dirty Pearls Want To Be Rock's First Gang "Since Guns N' Roses"
Cradle Of Filth
Since their 1991 inception, British band Cradle of Filth morphed from extreme metal into a way more gothic/dramatic version of their former selves, at once turning a more mainstream and more shock rock (a la Alice Cooper) song titles give a pretty good idea of what you're in for: "A Crescendo of Passion Bleeding," "A Scarlet Witch Lit The Season" and "Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair." Not quite metal for Twilight fans, but close. Singer Dani Filth cites "A Nightmare Before Christmas" as major influence, so if you like rock dramatic and dark, then Irving Plaza is the place to be on February 22.
Could anything be better than a stoner/doom band fronted by a woman? Not bloody likely. Acid King guitarist and singer Lori S. formed her aptly named trio in San Francisco . Since 1993, her fuzzy, low-end guitar has been as prominent as her distinctive vocals in such songs such as the perfectly named "Evil Satan." Though Acid King toured with the most excellent band St. Vitus, their February 23 show is AT St. Vitus in Brooklyn.