Rock & Pop

Midnight with Saviours

When: Sun., May 15, 6 p.m. 2011

Metal fans across the spectrum will have plenty to choose from over the next couple weeks, whether their tastes lean toward Brazilian death metal (Sepultura at the Regency, May 11), blitzed-out psych rock (Sleepy Sun at Slim's, May 13), or straight-up black metal (Inquisition, Necrite, and Vastum at Elbo Room, May 18). But our money's on Saviours, the Oakland band that channels the late-Seventies/early-Eighties New Wave of British Heavy Metal vibe, sprinkled with a bit of early thrash influence. Drummer Scott Batiste, who writes the songs, has a voracious appetite for music and listens to obscure stuff, so his compositions are far more interesting than that of most throwback bands. Saviours will be on home turf at Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland) on Sunday, May 15, one of two shows in a week-long West Coast tour with Midnight, Lightning Swords of Death, and Archons (the same lineup plays the following night at the Elbo Room). The band says it'll debut new material and start recording shortly thereafter. Expect debauchery. 6 p.m., ticket price TBA.

Kathleen Richards

Price: $10

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