6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 888-402–5837 or www.hob.com/houston.
Any list of great thrash-metal bands — Slayer, Metallica, Hatebreed and a few others — has to include Oakland's Machine Head. Approaching its 20th year, the band deserves props for longevity alone and continues to raise the bar, despite sometimes confounding fans with elements like the rap-style vocals of 1999 LP The Burning Red. And with multiple members coming and going, drug abuse, record-label shenanigans and general personality disorders, Machine Head seems perfect for a big-screen biopic. Last year's full-length Unto the Locust (Roadrunner) marked a return to form for a band that seems to have finally righted its ship, with "ReaperMan" of the online Encyclopaedia Metallum opining, "These are the kinds of songs that the band could walk out onto a stage, play, throw down their instruments, and walk off, the unsaid (and unanswered) challenge being 'follow that.'" With Darkest Hour and Suicide Silence on the bill, this should truly be a headbanger's ball.