Live Bands

Eight Bells, Mercy Brown, Heavy Petal, Bitch Slapped

When: Sat., June 20, 8:30 p.m. 2015

One thing you can count on when it comes to metal — no matter what subgenre one might get sucked into — is some serious instrumental prowess. In Portland’s Eight Bells, the trio’s chops are delivered in the service of sprawling tunes that evoke drone-rock, dark metal and psychedelia. Guitarist/vocalist Melynda Jackson is stingy with her singing, only deigning to whisper or wail on rare occasions on the band’s The Captain’s Daughter. Instead, she prefers to lock in with drummer Chris Van Huffel and bassist Haley Westeiner and work every conceivable musical angle. One can imagine the band’s live shows will invite noisier wandering.

Dan Nailen

Price: $7