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The Dear Hunter

Most people would lump Boston based band the Dear Hunter into the same genre as their predecessors, the Receiving End Of Sirens. Sure, their essence is post-hardcore and singer Casey Crescenzo’s voice resonates something like Dustin Kensrue’s of Thrice, but the Dear Hunter have taken it to the next level. Their recorded music has such an orchestral sound to it that it reeks of rock operas and concept albums. “The Tank,” on their second full length album Act III: Life and Death (Triple Crown Records), begins with a classical sounding string arrangement, before the drums and guitar add the inevitable rock influence. There are certainly comparisons that can be drawn to bands like Coheed & Cambria, as both bands have taken the idea of the concept album and mutated into what could be considered a concept band. The story behind the band takes place in the beginning of the 20th century and follows a boy, known only as “the Dear Hunter,” through his life and sudden death. Along with a captivating story, the instrumentation on their latest album is what keeps the band moving forward. The complex song structures, horns, and extensive use of auxiliary percussion even approaches the Mars Volta in terms of style. The Dear Hunter will be joined by the Felix Culpa and Moving Mountains Saturday (May 1) at Mohawk Place.

—cory perla

7pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931).