For 17 Days, Dallas is Metal Heaven: Five Must-See Shows
Jessi Rose GUYS. GUUUUUYS.
Consider this your advance warning, Dallas. Amplified rock and roll is coming, and it's not only coming hard, it's coming at times that are mainly not weeknights, meaning you can combine two pursuits, metal concerts and binge drinking, that go hand in hand like butter on toast or rabbits and doing it. Over the end of July and early August, there is enough world-class loud music coming through Dallas to power a small city, and I've created a guide for you, in the hope you can throw together your own elongated metal festival of sorts. You can even call it what you want, I don't mind, but if you're stuck for a name just call it "GavinFest," OK? Fold this guide into your back pocket, or, should your computer monitor not fold, then simply write it down, making sure to include all the vital notes accompanying each entry.
- The Sword, July 25, Granada Theater, $19/$21
The Sword are fucking awesome. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. If someone prefers anything with an acoustic guitar over the city-flattening pounding of Austin's favorite sons, then they are a liar who cannot be trusted. Apparently The Sword will be supplying their own beer, made by Real Ale Brewing, at this show. That, apart from a penchant for long hair, is the only thing The Sword and Hanson have in common.
- Dillinger Escape Plan, July 26, House of Blues, $28.50/$32
This is the "Summer Slaughter Tour," it says here, which means a bunch of other bands, such as Periphery and The Ocean, will be attempting to tear up the main stage, but none of them will be able to hold a candle to the must-see insane unstoppable live show that Dillinger put on. When they came through Dallas in 2011, at the Prophet Bar, a drunk man got on stage so the guitarist ripped his shirt clean off his body and threw him back into the crowd. This band does not fuck around, and I'm about 98 percent sure that they would kill you given just half the chance. Unmissable, and a Friday night too.
- Zorch/BLACKIE, August 1, Canton Co-Op, No Idea
Alien kings of synth-metal Zorch return to Dallas on the Thursday after The Sword and Dillinger (or Friday in Denton, if you prefer weekends, at Macaroni Island). They're playing a house show, which as far as I can discern, is entirely free and features free alcohol provided by a sponsor. Houston one-man noise violation BLACKIE is the support, making this gig (WHICH IS PROBABLY FREE, PEOPLE, AS FAR AS I CAN MAKE OUT) just as unmissable as the last two I mentioned. Surely, you think, there can't be more ear-bleedingly loud music?