Lamb of God Headlines Stage AE Metal Show; GABI Brings Her Unique Sound to The Warhol (Fri., 1/15/16)

1) If you’re thinking Lamb of God sounds like a good Christian rock band, you’re wrong. Lamb of God is an accomplished heavy metal band from Richmond, Va., formed in 1994 (as Burn the Priest). The band combines doomful/downbeat lyrics and vocals with a rhythmic, hard-driving metal music carrier. Album titles include New American Gospel, Wrath, and Walk with Me in Hell, the last a video album.  Lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic in 2012. Two years earlier, during a concert in Prague, he had pushed a fan that had come on the stage. The fan had fallen, hit his head, and later died. The court found that he was morally responsible but not criminally responsible. Blythe and band have moved on and are touring in support of their latest album VII: Sturm und Drang, which was released in July of 2015. “512,” a single from the album, is nominated for a 2016 Grammy in the Best Metal Performance Category. This is their fifth Grammy nomination. Opening is AnthraxDeafheaven, and Powertrip. Doors open at 6 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

 

2) Gabrielle Herbst had auspicious beginnings. As a child, she was classically trained in clarinet and piano. She also studied Balinese dance and gamelan while living in Indonesia. (Gamelan is Bali’s traditional ensemble music, played mostly with percussion.) Later, she enrolled at Bard College, where she shifted her focus to composition and vocal performance. Things got only more eclectic. While there, Herbst studied under Zeena Parkins and Marina Rosenfeld, both accomplished professional musicians in their own right. She relocated to Brooklyn, where Roulette Intermedium, a performance space, commissioned her first opera, Bodiless. In 2015, she and her band recorded her debut album, Sympathy. Songs like “Where” and “Koo Koo” showcase her range. Performing as GABI, she and her band have taken Sympathy on the road, including a stop at the Warhol as part of its Sound Series. Equally atmospheric trio Sleep Experiments, who are based in Pittsburgh, open. 8 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. (CM)

3) Dancing Queen will put people on the dance floor at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The disco/funk band takes the stage at 9 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.