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8 p.m. Thursday, August 13. The Library, 706 Lafayette Avenue.



Power metal has never really made inroads with the U.S. market. Sure, acts like DragonForce have broken through as novelties in all but name, but for the most part, American metalheads want to hear gruff, barked vocals and blast beats, not operatic singing and shredtastic guitar solos. Ravage, which has been around since the mid-'90s and has just released its second studio album, The End of Tomorrow, on Metal Blade, is hoping to buck the trend. Melodic, fist-pumping songs such as "Freedom Fighter," "The Shredder" and "Into the Shackles" recall classic acts like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden — and basically refuse to acknowledge anything that's happened in metal since the dawn of thrash. Take a chance; Ravage is a blast.