It's hardly news that metal can get tedious when you feel like the preachiness of the music is aimed at you. But reading the liner notes to Intimacy, the sophomore offering from Tampa, Fla.'s Light Yourself On Fire, blunt admonitions like, "Boredom is the root of all evil--staying busy and keeping your mind off things might be a much better alternative," seem almost quaint. Self-described as hardcore kids heavily exposed to death metal while influenced by early '90s noise, LYOF nonetheless manage to accomplish much more than just mashing all those styles together. It seems there's no cliche the band can't turn into gold--for example, between-song samples and lyrical references to Camus and Sartre get a new lease at the hands of LYOF's riffing, which recalls the intellectually motivated frustration of vintage Prong.
Tue., Sept. 16, 9 p.m., 2008