When: Thu., May 1, 7:30 p.m. 2014
While many metal bands continue to go the faster and harder route, Mastodon and Gojira have risen in prominence mainly by not being afraid to head in the opposite direction. Although both bands possess dazzling technical skill, Atlanta’s Mastodon has tempered its grinding riffs and time-skewing rhythms with catchier melodies and cleaner singing, while Gojira (whose members hail from a village in France) have focused on syncopated grooves, starts and stops, and emotional peaks and valleys. Both groups toy significantly with song structure and rhythm — an aesthetic that’s known as “progressive” in the metal scene. Whatever you call it, the end result has upended notions that metal — once considered an extreme genre — can only appeal to a niche audience. Both bands will perform at The Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Thursday. Norway’s Kvelertak will open the show.