Raw Power

Oakland's Saviours come to rescue heavy rock.

Everything about the band is getting refined to its essence. Gone are the pentagrams of previous live shows; now the group plays in front of a mystical tapestry by an artist friend. Their look is classic getting-high-in-the-parking-lot chic, all long, curly hair and the occasional flash of flannel. Their logo has become more twisted, the new album artwork a colorful, psychedelic rendition of a pyramid that is harder to immediately parse. And the songs themselves have expanded a little — Into Abbadon boasts only eight tracks. But they're still driven by Barber's Lemmy-esque, gruff wail and the driving, stop-start drumming of Batiste, who, improbably, is also the band's chief songwriter.

Saviours just like hangin' out, drinkin' some beer.
Saviours just like hangin' out, drinkin' some beer.

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Saviours, High on Fire, A Life Once Lost, and Rwake perform Friday, February 1, at Churchill's, 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $13 in advance from www.ticketweb.com. All ages are welcome. Call 305-757-1807, or visit www.churchillspub.com.

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Lest they seem drifting off into lands of dungeons and dragons, their latest video, for "Narcotic Sea," reassures that they're still just a bunch of rockin' party-time dudes. Beginning outside a friend's warehouse, the video follows the bandmates ridin' hogs, bangin' their heads, takin' a walk on some mystical cliffs, hangin' out on a beach. "It's very fucking us as a band — rocking, partying, and then just having fun," Barber says. "It's totally silly and completely fucking who we are."

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