Bay Area locals Fallujah
dole out technical solos, heavy riffs, progressive melodies, and they do it with death metal style. Hey, nothing evokes atmospheric metal like the name of a historically prominent Middle Eastern city that was partially destroyed in the Iraq War, right? The five piece formed in 2007, and have grown their reputation with a handful of well received releases and a smattering of West Coast tour dates -- finally expanding into full scale national and global touring and gathering up metal fans eager for something new. Audiences everywhere were wowed: whipping hair, shredding guitar, and an aggressive approach to singing lead makes for one hell of a live show. It's hard to believe metal can be so beautiful, but that's what experimenting and bucking the norm will do for a band. Fallujah not only knows how to wow a live audience, but they can take your breath away while you're listening to your headphones -- the combination of heaviness and artistry is something music fans have been searching for, especially if you're trying to track down the new flagbearers for death metal. Brutal, growling vocals are propped up by ethereal noise and ambience, as well as spot on technical playing from all members. Seeing Fallujah create these sounds live is a recipe for the best bangover of your life.