The best metal shows in Denver in October

SUN | DEICIDE at GOTHIC THEATER | 10/13/13 While many metal bands flirt with concepts and perceived aesthetics of Satanism, Deicide has championed a very anti-Christian stance. Deicide, formed in Tampa in 1987, has long been one of the pillars of death metal since releasing its self-titled 1990 debut album and even more so with its second, now classic, 1992 album Legion (named presumably after the demon Jesus cast into a herd of pigs). There is no denying the group's enduring influence on the more edgy end of death metal with the band's willingness to court controversy and its aggressive but precise songs.

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TUES | HAWKWIND at GOTHIC THEATRE | 10/22/13 In 1969, singer Dave Brock, the band's sole original member, formed Hawkwind with Mick Slattery after the two had been in psychedelic rock band Famous Cure. The duo assembled a band that incorporated elements of the then nascent electronic music world. The band's 1970 debut album didn't exactly set the world on fire, but the follow-up, 1971's In Search of Space, was a hit. The band went on to collaborate with famous science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock on lyrics, and the 1972 addition of Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister boosted the band's live power. Hawkwind didn't necessarily invent space rock and it definitely didn't invent psychedelic rock but it is now seen as one of the primary proponents of both. On this rare outing in North America, Hawkwind will be playing its epochal 1975 album Warrior on the Edge of Time in its entirety and throw some other classics into the set for good measure.

FRI & SAT | DENVER DOOM FEST III | 10/11-10/12 Denver Doom Fest returns for its third year with an absolutely killer lineup spread over two nights at 3 Kings Tavern, including the Skull (featuring members of Trouble), Velnias, Khemmis, the Flight of Slepnir, Primative Man, Stoic Dissention, Gravecode Nebula, In the Company of Serpents, Black Acid Devil, Blighter, Lycanthia from Australia, Shroud of Bereavement, Pendulous, WHILT and Dead Temple. Tickets are $15-30.

MON | RED FANG at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 10/14/13 If loudness does indeed equal greatness, then Portland's Red Fang could give Spinal Tap a run for its money. But more than volume, the band displays great musicianship, with sizzling guitar leads and complex breakdowns. In a genre becoming saturated with similar ideas and styles, most bands would be well advised to take a cue from Red Fang.

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