When: Sat., Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Metal can sometimes be a little over the top. Some put satanic lyrics or macabre imagery to the pure intensity of rapid-fire riffing and blast beats. Still, there’s a bright line between sloppy songwriting that hides behind gimmick and masterful compositions that do the genre justice. Mastodon does the latter. For 17 years, the Atlanta-based band has been melting the faces off unsuspecting audiences with their technical, prog-metal sounds, and now, in support of their latest record, Emperor of Sand, the band is stopping in San Antonio to make sure we end up with said melt-face. The quartet will play The Aztec Theatre with post metal outfit Russian Circles and The Eagles of Death Metal. In a world where bad metal seems to pass as good more than it should be able to, Mastodon harness the emotional intensity of the genre while displaying a sophisticated and intentional control over their instruments, songwriting and performances – a combination few in those spheres will ever come close to. With Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles.