There's certainly a huge number of national and international bands coming to town in the next couple of months, but you shouldn't forget about the killer local metal bands we're fortunate to have here. There's two great local shows coming up this weekend that you should make every attempt to attend.
Tomorrow, Friday, September 24, there's a rare metal show at Star Bar & Grill in Columbia Heights. Ill-Gotten, Alation, Ugly Beauty, and Bloodtrust are all on the bill. I'm a big fan of Alation (demo review and update, show review w/video and pictures), and I'm looking forward to seeing them again. I haven't seen the other three bands yet, so it should be a fun night.
On Saturday, September 25, local Metal Blade recording artist Epicurean returns to live action at Robert's in Mounds View. They've lined up an equally heavy bill with Dying Euphoria, A Moment Without, Iron Thrones, and North Sky. It's been a while since Epicurean has played live, and they're billing this as their "comeback show". Hopefully we'll get the chance to hear some new songs they've been working on for their second album. If you were planning on going to Kamelot on Saturday, head out to Robert's instead since Kamelot has postponed their show.