Springfield, Massachusetts's Shadows Fall is a rarity among metal bands, one that executes hard, fast and dangerous music and gets its albums well distributed. Sure, there's a clichéd war theme on the band's past two albums - 2004's A War Within and this year's Fallout from the War - as well as a wholly typical instrumentation dominated by fierce guitar solos and pummeling double kick drums. But for all the metal clichés, the band's still pretty damn good at what it does - so good that Modern Drummer named the band's Jason Bittner the best up-and-coming drummer, and Guitar World placed Jonathan Donais and Matthew Bachand in its top 100 guitarists of all time. The headbangers headline a show that includes Poison the Well, It Dies Today, Suffocation and Still Remains at 7 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 2, 7 p.m.