The new music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen, has created a collaborative council to do, uh, something.
Garrett Harris 3 p.m., Feb. 20
Sound description: Progressive experimental-metal.
RIYL: Dream Theater, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Rush, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Mike Patton
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Inception: San Diego, 1998
Current Status: After eight years, three nationwide tours, and hundreds of shows, VIII Fraud split in late 2006. Mark, Mike, and Julius Juice now play with Mister Mad Sickman.
Influences: Dream Theater, Opeth, Fear Factory, Tool, Alice in Chains, Incubus, Candiria, Faith No More, Meshuggah, Chevelle, Rush, Yes, Mahivishnu Orchestra, A Perfect Circle, Exodus, Testament, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Mike Patton, PJ Harvey, Björk, Alice in Chains, the Police
"Our band name was taken directly from the pages of Dante's Inferno," says VII Fraud singer Jen Otis. "Our songs are about people in the different levels of Dante's conception of hell. We're completely secular -- I'm not even sure if any of us really believe in hell, or gods for that matter, but humans make an interesting study, and humans live to fuck things up. According to Dante, the eighth level of hell is for the fraudulent, the liars, the panderers, and the false flatterers. I think that covers nearly the entire human race."
The melodic, symphonic metal band has opened for Indecision, Nothingface, Death Angel, Strapping Young Lad , Lacuna Coil, and Lizzy Borden.