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All the elements of great no-apologies metal can be found in Primal Fear - the pseudo-operatic lead singer, the thunderous theatrical guitar attack, and the unselfconscious song titles like 'Black Rain,' 'Ride the Eagle' and 'No Smoke Without Fire,' complete with Japanese bonus remix. (Hmm, why do the Japanese get the remix, and we don't?)
Vocalist Ralf Scheepers formed the group in 1997 after Judas Priest turned him down for its lead vocalist position during Rob Halford's hiatus. Those English punks don't know what they passed up - Scheepers is from GERMANY, a nation that positively screams metal! While the Priest boys are busy 'Living After Midnight,' Scheepers, no doubt, is preparing to slay them after midnight!
The fearsome Teutons are touring in support of last year's release '16.6: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.' Really, need we say more?
Primal Fear, Garden of Eden, 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, Satyricon, 125 N.W. Sixth St. All ages. $22. Info: 503-227-0999, roselandpdx .com.
Portland's Jon Davidson has a great, slightly gruff baritone voice, plays pretty decent guitar, and can craft a catchy alterna-pop-rock melody with the best of them. CD, you ask? From your mouth to Jon's ears, here comes 'Perfect Cliché,' which sounds like classy hard rock, or power ballads without the embarrassing stuff, or, just pretty enough to make the girls swoon yet grungey enough, at times, to make the boys punch your arm.
In other words, it's an engaging pop-rock album, and why this Davidson cat isn't already like a gazillionaire is beyond us.
Davidson will be on stage with Crown Point and shares the bill with pop-rock-Americana enthusiasts Chris Margolin and The Dregs and pop-rock-soulsters Goodbye Harrison.
Jon Davidson, Christ Margolin and The Dregs, Goodbye Harrison, 9 p.m. Friday, June 4, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-231-WOOD, doug firlounge .com.
Some musicians are born to fill stadiums, other to play hole-in-the-walls filled with outlaws and ruffians. Then there are those players who occupy the ground between ballrooms and cocktail lounges, nightclubs and theaters.
Portland's Angie Foster lives in that realm, penning classy, soulful tunes that range from upbeat, get-happy numbers to down-home jazz- and blues-flavored ballads. She's won numerous songwriting contests, been featured on indie film soundtracks, and celebrates the release of her latest CD 'Hurry Up and Wait,' sharing the stage with Brian Odell, Kris Deelane, and SweetJuice.
Angie Foster, SweetJuice, Brian Odell, Kris Deelane, 9 p.m. Friday, June 4, White Eagle, 836 N. Russell Street. $6. Info: 503-282-6810, mcmenamins.com.
Portland pop rock trio Search Party includes one of the city's better male vocalists, John Craig, who doubles on bass, as well Brian Biggs on drums and Tommy Illk on guitar. The trio seems to be attempting to create a new type of mainstream pop rock, creating enough melodic vocal hooks and meat 'n' potatoes guitar riffs to please a classic rock type, but adding elements of guitar-based rock's post-classic-era experiments, from New Wave to grunge.
It's a bit sprawling at times, but you gotta give the kids credit for not being afraid to take some chances, given they have the right elements to play it safe and poppy at all times, and they don't. They're marking the release of their debut CD 'Deturn.'
Search Party, Blue Horns, Azul Yael, 9 p.m. Saturday, June 5, Lola's Room, in the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Info: 503-225-0047, mcmenamins.com