It’s Faster Pussycat’s ’80s sleaze metal sound vs Lamb of God’s skullcrushing thrash on Monday night in Columbus. The two bands couldn’t be at farther ends of the metal spectrum but for fans of metal it’s a tough choice.

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If price is an issue, or if you want to get nostalgic, Faster Pussycat’s your choice – the band features only one original member (singer Taime Downe) but they’ll undoubtedly play all the Headbanger’s Ball hits of the late ’80s and early ’90s when they perform at Turtle Creek Tavern (5571 N. Hamilton Rd., near Westerville). If you order tickets online before Monday, you can get into the show for $12 + service charge. It’ll cost you $17 at the door.

If mosh pits and skull-crushing trash metal are more your thing, you’ll want to head to the LC for the packed four-band bill headlined by Lamb of God. Killswitch Engage, Huntress (in town recently with Danzig) and old school thrashers Testament provide support for one of the standouts in the new era of metal. $35 will get you in the door. Ear plugs highly recommended.

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Losing half of a band is like losing an arm and it’s even worse when you’re only a two-man band to begin with. On Wednesday night, Local H gets one date closer to the end of drummer Brian St. Clair’s tenure behind the kit of the band that Scott Lucas started while still in high school. After Columbus, only two dates remain (Grand Rapids, Michigan and Arlington Heights, Illinois).

The crazy thing to me is that while St. Clair’s been banging the drums for Local H for 14 years (Holy shit, has it really been that long???), I’ll still always think of him as Triple Fast Action’s drummer – a band that lasted all of about 5 years. When Local H played their final show with St. Clair in their hometown of Chicago, members of Triple Fast Action and Rights of the Accused (another band St. Clair played in) surprised the drummer by joining the duo on stage and running through a few songs. Unfortunately, that’s about the closest we’ll get to a Triple Fast Action reunion (singer Wes Kidd was notably absent from the surprise party).

While this will be a surely bittersweet occasion for Local H fans, St. Clair’s leaving Lucas to spend more time on his tour managing duties (Cheap Trick, among others) so it’s not like he’s lost the rock n’ roll bug. And, while there’s only been two drummers in Local H’s 23 year history (!!!!), I think it’s a safe bet to assume this won’t be the end of the band – there are probably drummers lining up hoping for a shot to sit in the magic seat following St. Clair’s departure.

I haven’t put a call into the box office so am not sure if this show is sold out yet but the last time Lucas and St. Clair played at The Basement, ticketless fans were turned away at the door due to the sell out.

Van Dale – my favorite local band (and featuring Tim from the “Lunch with Tim” series that we really need to get started back up!) – will open the show but that shouldn’t come as a surprise as they are playing something like 12 shows a week!

If there are tickets still available, you can get ’em at the door for $14. Van Dale goes on at 8:30 so don’t show up late.