Holy acronyms batman! This weekend, we’ve got a couple old school three letter bands to consider checking out, as both V.O.D and D.R.I trek their way through the rainy Northwest.

Though not quite as “legendary” as the latter, V.O.D (short for Vision of Disorder) turned heads in the mid '90s, at first playing a unique style of anthemic and melodic metalcore, then later transitioned into a full-on nu-metal snoozefest. Embarrassing albums aside, when I hear these Long Islanders bust out “Suffer” (or any songs off their self-titled album, truthfully), no one is safe. A mosh jihad will be delivered upon unsuspecting Studio 7 concertgoers Friday night… Or, y’know, I’ll just stand in the back and politely sing along…either way…

The following evening, the kings of crossover thrash, D.R.I (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) infect El Corazon with their throwback punk-meets-metal sound. Local punks the Insurgence will be opening up the show, as well as what I can assume will be a pretty gnarly circle pit.

Looking for something a little more current? Across town on Saturday, Seattle’s own head banging heartthrobs Black Breath are headlining an all-local bill at Crocodile. The show also features one of the cities heaviest, Sandrider, alongside punk-metal scumbags Occult SS and Nite Nurse.

If I can gather up an extra couple hundred bucks before next Thursday, I may just might try to buy my way into the nosebleed section of the Paramount for one of the two sold out Soundgarden shows. Chances are, though, I’ll just end up at home, bong in hand, with a scratched-to-shit copy of Ultramega OK on repeat. Why? Because I’m not rich enough to be grunge.