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Zoroaster

Name: Zoroaster

Age: 3 (formed in 2003)

Genre: Heavy, screeching metal

Work: Based in Little Five Points, Zoroaster gigs frequently; it counts a June 6 show opening for High on Fire in Los Angeles as a highlight. Last summer, Zoroaster issued a sludgy, self-titled EP, cramming four epic songs onto a 40-minute CD. One eight-minute track, "Mons Venus," is full of evil, growled lyrics howled by vocalist Brent Anderson, grinding guitar riffs, and pounding, lo-fi noise. Basically, it's the kind of satanic black metal your parents warned you about. Not coincidentally, the disc, released on local imprint Battle Kommand, led popular website www.atlantashows.org to call Zoroaster the next great Atlanta metal band.

Education: "I think Dan might. I'm not really sure. Brent and I mostly play by ear," says guitarist Will Fiore when asked if the band has any formal music education. Fiore plays in the group alongside bassist Brent Anderson and drummer Dan Scanlon. "I used to read music ... when I was a kid I took guitar lessons," he adds.

Prophecy: Thanks to its local buzz, Zoroaster is frequently recruited by booking agents to open for bigger national acts. Over the next few months, the group plans to tour the East Coast and issue new recordings. "Basically, all we want to do is stay on the road," says Fiore.

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