Ten must-see metal shows in Denver this month

SERIS @ HERMAN'S HIDEAWAY | SAT, 5/4/13 Seris plays technical metal without trying to splice in another genre of music willy nilly. Melati Olivia is the kind of singer that isn't just strong but versatile. The rhythm section of Robert Jepsen and Cody Goodman pound out rhythms in precise sequence, adding in accents and flows with the melody while also driving the music. Scott Beckman's guitar work has that crunchy, start and stop pounding but on the edges he is able to transition to tripped out atmospherics worthy of early Pink Floyd or Voivod. The band's latest album, Rises, explores classic prog metal with a rare fluidity and grace.

See also: - Atsuo of Boris on the band's numerous collaborations over the years - Photos: Opeth at the Ogden Theatre, 10/25/11 - Lamb of God's John Campbell on how his brother Jeff from 3 Kings Tavern defiled his Star Wars slippers

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.