To follow on in the vein of hard rock vs. heavy metal, I present a bit of a newer North Carolina band, Lightning Born, founded by Corrosion of Conformity's Mike Dean (bass). Well, I would present them, but they haven't officially released any material yet, and the live recordings of them kinda blow. So here's a picture, instead:
Bluesy, with a heavy emphasis on Dean's bass antics, but the girl upfront can belt like goddamn and everyone in the band is really holding their own. Good stuff; if/when they drop an actual release on Bandcamp or something, I'll definitely link it.
Next group up tonight are Chapel Hill sludge metallers Solar Halos, whose doomy, wall-of-sound wailing is propelled by some seriously sick percussion work by drummer Mike Crouch. They're still a little fresh, and probably not doing much to drive the entire genre forward, but the music's very, very nice to listen to.
Finally up tonight were Mega Colossus, who I've evangelized a little here on the boards. Their particular brand of metal owes a lot to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which they've never shied away from or been afraid to admit, and over the years, they've really honed their take on that sound to a fine point indeed. HyperGlaive is one of my favorite albums of 2016, and tonight's album release party for it was absolutely stellar. Great stuff all around :-D
Fantastic night, and great way to kick off the 2017 concert season.
For those who are curious, here's a tentative calendar (I'm likely to miss some of these, but it's worth a shot!!)
January 21 - Mega Colossus, Raleigh
January 22 - Reel Big Fish + Anti-Flag, Raleigh
February 8 - Gost, Chapel Hill
February 14 - Mayhem + Inquisition, Wilmington???
February 16 - Alcest + The Body, Richmond
March 6 - Nile + Amorphis + Overkill, Charlotte
March 17 - Obituary + Kreator, Charlotte???
March 31 - The Flaming Lips, Raleigh???
April 10 - Negură Bunget, Raleigh
April 11 - Anthrax + Killswitch Engage, Raleigh
April 15 - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Raleigh??? (old times' sake?)
April 16 - Testament + Sepultura, Charlotte
May 21 - Sabaton + Leaves Eyes, Charlotte
June 9 - Iron Maiden + Ghost, Charlotte