Prepare to face the dark side of the Force. The Dark Lords of the (metal) Sith are about to invade South Florida. Well, maybe this isn't quite what George Lucas had in mind, but Vader, the veteran death metal band which takes its name from Lucas' most famous villain, is headlining the Metal Crusaders Tour a road show so bludgeoning and fearsome that not even the ghost of Dimebag Darrell could lead you through this one unscathed. Also on tap for this international showcase of volume and destruction are Canada's Kataklysm, Germany's Destruction, New York's Speed Kill Hate, Italy's Graveworm, and the Absence (of St. Petersburg, Florida). That's a lot of metal for one evening. But hell, if you're gonna bang your head you might as well go all out. That's why the metal gods invented chiropractors.
The Metal Crusaders Tour rolls into town Sunday, June 11, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $19.99. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 954-564-1074, or visit www.cultureroom.net.