Cajun Death, California Chaos, Spaghetti Westerns

I know exactly what you’re thinking when you hear the name Goatwhore: Ann Coulter. But Goatwhore is actually a New Orleans-based death-metal band that’s been kicking around since the late ’90s. The group’s most recent disc is last year’s sanguinely praised Blood for the Master, 40 minutes of pummeling riffs, eardrum-lacerating shrieks and deeply morbid lyrics. Once you experience songs as crazed as “Death to the Architects of Heaven” and “Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word,” you’ll never be the same again—or listen to music in the same fashion. Your chance to be permanently damaged (in a good way) is 8 p.m. April 5 at Cheyenne Saloon. Goatwhore is joined by Denver retro-thrash merchants Havok, who bring the old-school shred in spades. Havok’s last release was the Point of No Return EP, which captures the classic, acid-wash-jeans-and-white-tennis-shoes vibe of those early Metallica and Megadeth albums we all used to love.

I want to make it very clear that I don’t in any way endorse satanism, misanthropy or suicide. (OK, maybe I condone devil worship a little bit.) But sometimes it helps to clear one’s musical sinuses with a blast of excruciatingly aggressive music performed by societal misfits wearing corpse paint (undead makeup), spiked armbands and bullet belts. Which is why I’m masochistically eager to feel the sonic lash of a horde of California black-metal acts, including Vesterian, Darkness Eternum, Nokturnal Warfare, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Ashen Earth and, the sole Vegas band on the bill, Kinam. If you want to see genuine black metal—not that watered-down Dimmu Borgir stuff—head to Favorites bar at 9 p.m. April 6. I’ll be the one cowering behind the video-poker machines in my Journey T-shirt.

Pyschedelic-shoegaze-cinematic-spaghetti western ensemble Spindrift saunters into Artifice at 10 p.m. April 7. This desert-genuflecting L.A. group has toured the world with every conceivable psyche-rock band—from Dead Weather to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to The Black Angels—at one time or another and has contributed songs to several films, including the Quentin Tarantino-produced biker flick Hell Ride. Spindrift’s most recent disc was 2011’s Classic Soundtracks Volume 1, featuring themes to imaginary and very imaginative genre films. The band is wrapping up a three-month U.S. tour in anticipation of a summer release of forthcoming album (and tour documentary) Ghost of the West. Spindrift sounds like The Warlocks trapped on Jefferson Airplane with Ennio Morricone at the flight controls. In other words, this band will blow your mind. Psychedelic electropop group Gram Rabbit opens.

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