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Rochester's own John Gallo and his band, Orodruin, played an enormous role in the early 2000's renaissance of traditional doom metal, a genre that owes its murky existence to bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram. Nowadays, Gallo (guitar, synth/organ, bass, vocals) and fellow Rochesterians Mark Rapone (bass) and Mike Waske (drums) perform under the moniker Blizaro. The stormy trio loves horror movies and working in record stores, and both interests inform the band's sound. Thick, chugging guitars ripping through classic-rock chord progressions are combined with wailing, Zappa-like orchestration and white-hot solos that would make Tommy Iommi proud. Add a touch of prog-goth synth, some dark stage antics, and the eyes of a newt, and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster. Big Brain and the Drug Cartel and Glass also perform.

Blizaro performs Friday, April 5, 6 p.m. at Tala Vera, 155 State St. $3-$5. 546-3845,


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