No one can ever accuse Oski Gonzalez, the tireless booker at Tobacco Road, of favoring any particular genre in his famous multi-band, mini-festival extravaganzas. So heavier stuff gets its due this weekend at the second annualKryptonite Metal Festival
. Including some 18 bands on three different stages, the lineup features much of the short-haired, hard-rock side of things. Still, there's a wide representation of geographical origins, and, rare for a show of this kind, a female!
Representing for the ladies is BitchFire, a Fort Lauderdale quartet fronted by the kickass Sharyn Peach and supported by some seriously smoldering Van Halen or Lita-Ford-style riffage. Think the best of cock rock without the, well, you know. Then, over in the stoner-rock corner comes Hatchetface, a sludgy combo from Miami with a hardcore bite who list the Melvins and Fu Manchu as influences. At the extreme edge of the spectrum are bands like Mendacity, with its Obituary-owing death stylings. And hey, quartet Intoxicated is trying to bring back real thrash! Can't argue with that!
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Kryptonite Metal Festival. Friday, February 27. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets cost $10. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-374-1198; www.tobacco-road.com