Avatar, which plays Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 19, 2023.
Metal fans on both sides of the Bay have tough choices to make this weekend.
Swedish heavy metal quintet Avatar released Dance Devil Dance earlier this year, complete with a guest spot from Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale. We’re not confident that she’s going to show up at St. Pete's Jannus Live this Friday as a special guest to Avatar’s first show in town since a 2018 stop at The Ritz Ybor, but who needs guest spots when you have fellow metal outfits Veil of Maya and Orbit Culture opening things up?
While Avatar tears up Jannus, another Swedish band—“ineffable kings of black metal” Dark Funeral—is at Tampa's Orpheum with a tour celebrating 30 years of Satanist anthems and shadows over Transylvania. A plethora of hardcore support opens the show, and the band might also be selling pieces of its discography on splat vinyl, so if your turntable needs something more metal than what you can find at Target, don’t snooze.
Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.