Every month in Denver, there are many metal shows and metal-centric events, but its can be hard to keep track of everything. Here's a rundown of the best metal-riffic happenings in the area this June, with information on why these shows are worth dragging yourself away from the Judas Priest playlist on Spotify.
Courtesy of the Dreadnought
Thursday, June 2
9 p.m., $10
There's nothing like a homegrown headliner to make a smaller show worth your while. Local proggy metal band Dreadnought is playing a headlining set at the hi-dive to start off the month. These guys are riding their underground success, having just got back from touring on their latest record, Bridging Realms. The band's sound blends catchy melodies with brutal hooks and experimentally progressive flute and keyboards. Opening the show will be A God or an Other, post-black metal from Washington state,;East Sherman, "dark vegan hardcore" from Washington; and fast-grind band Hapless.
Electric Funeral Fest
Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5
3 Kings Tavern
3 p.m., $20-30 each day
Electric Funeral Fest is a two-day event with an impressive lineup. Saturday has such big names in doom as proggy rockers Mondo Drag, Radio Moscow, Mothership and Sacri Monti. Cloud Catcher, Poison Rites, Greenbeard, Warhawk, Tricoma and Love Gang are also playing. The second night features Southern-tinged doom band Sourvein, along with Goya, Sweat Lodge, Crypt Trip, Toke, Malahierbra, Space and Time, the Munsens, Ghosts and Glaciers, and Sugar Skulls and Marigolds. Both shows start in the afternoon, so the events are bound to turn into marathon parties. It would be a lot of work to try and catch every single band, but any time you pop in, you're bound to hear some skull-crushing doom.
Tuesday, June 14
9 p.m., $10
It doesn't get much weirder than Wizard Riffle. This Portland, Oregon-based group draws from influences as diverse as Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth and High on Fire. The two-man band puts on a pretty intense live show, especially in an intimate venue like the hi-dive. Also on the bill is Allout Helter, a local punk band that leans a bit more toward the grindy side, and might still appeal to heshers as well as punks. Noisy, Viking-inspired Denver punk group Muscle Beach is first up to get the party started.
Metalheads enjoy a beer at TRVE Brewing.
TRVE Brewing's 4th Anniversary Bacchanal
Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25
9 p.m., $20 per night
One of the biggest metal events of the year is local metal brewery TRVE Brewing's anniversary party and show every June. This year's event will be two days of metal, beer and general debauchery. Throwback stoner-doom band DANAVA is headlining the first night, setting the tone for this year's bacchanal to be more groovy than brutal or bleak. Fittingly, the doomy-metalers in Denver's Cloud Catcher will open, along with post-punk/death rockers Alaric and local death-metal group Blood Incantation. Saturday night features the famous, experimental Floor as headliner, with Pueblo Escobar and grinders Matriarch opening.
Vale of Pnath live at the Westword Music Showcase.
Vale of Pnath Album Release Show
Saturday, June 25
7 p.m., $10
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Another option for this weekend is to check out the album-release show for Vale of Pnath. Those who prefer the fast and technical to the doomy and stoner-influenced might prefer this concert. These Rocky Mountain tech-death aficionados take their cues from the famous Cephalic Carnage, and will be celebrating the release of their latest record. Show openers are IAMTHESHOTGUN, Seren, Tethys and Apotheon.
Wayfarer Album Release
Thursday, June 30
9 p.m., $10
TRVE is putting on another show this month — this one at the hi-dive — to celebrate local atmospheric, folk-influenced black-metalers Wayfarer releasing a new album, and a release of their own new beer. It's also a party to celebrate the kick-off of Fall of Rauros's summer tour. The band is the second big name on the bill, and play folk-influenced black metal as well. Local prog-rock group Dreadnought is also on the lineup, along with doomy locals Khemmis.