Hard rock fans will mosh their way to Baton Rouge for two upcoming promising shows.
Up first is Baroness. The melodic yet metal quartet will perform at the Varsity on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Baroness is touring behind the stellar 2015 release, “Purple.” It is the first album the band has released since the band was involved in a bus crash near Bath, England.
Critically-acclaimed upon release, “Purple” finds Baroness mining gold melodies amongst vicious riffs. It’s a balance few can pull off. With good reason, multiple music mags named the album one of the best of the year.
Pallbearer will open for the band. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $24.50 the day of the show. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at ticketweb.com.
Following the Baroness show, one of the best thrash metal bands to hit the scene, Anthrax, will perform at the Varsity on Thursday, Oct. 6. Death Angel and Avatar will open. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.
The New York band released its 11th studio album, “For All Kings,” this year.
Among the albums influences is Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” books. Rhythm guitarist and founding member Scott Ian has also said that mass shootings and violence across the globe also had a direct impact on the album’s lyrics.
The nearly-60-minute disc peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and has sold more than 57,000 copies to date.
Tickets are $28.50 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Tickets are on sale at ticketweb.com.
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