This is going to be perhaps the best metal show of 2015. Both bands playing have risen to the pinnacle of their respective crafts. Both Deafheaven and Tribulation will be fighting for top spots on most best of 2015 lists. In Deafheaven's case those lists might not be confined to metal blogs. This San Francisco band went from a two piece project whose demo gained notice on the Internet into one of the most talked about metal bands out now. They garner debate not only as to if they are black metal or not but if they are metal or not. While their last album "Sunbather' gave the black metal die-hards more fuel to burn churches with, "New Bermuda" put out most of the vitriolic flames. It might not be black metal in the truest since or at all, but it is metal. The black metal influence is stronger in the vocals, they now
carry more menace in the vein of early Dissection. On their previous albums the vocals were a monochrome layer of human static, the new album finds them expanding into darker shades of gray. The band locks into several chugging gallops that are rooted in the essence of metal. Live they enrapture their fans in their emotional current while coming across as more aggressive than their albums portray them.
Tribulation is a death metal band from Sweden who also defies the boundaries of the genre. Their newest album "the Children of the Night" finds the band branching out from paying homage to horror movies into a multi-dimensional journey. Their singer sticks to his rasp, while musically the band has begun to develop a more organic almost classic prog rock sound at times. They allow their guitar tone to deviate from the typical over driven crunch to paint the songs in a broader spectrum of sonic colors. They took both their playing and songwriting to the next level with " the Children of the Night" while retaining the inner darkness that makes their music feel heavier than if they were just trying to emulate Morbid Angel. On their last pass through the Masquerade with Watain and In Solitude they really surprised me in the manner they allowed themselves to jam out the songs live.
If you are a fan of either band then you already know this is a show you don’t want to miss, if you have been skeptical of Deafheaven then know that Tribulation is certainly worth the twenty bucks you were going to waste at another bar any way and then perhaps you will stick around and see if Deafheaven is now able to convince you their metal mettle. The doors for this show, which is downstairs at Hell in the Masquerade, are at 7:00.