The Riddle of Steel from Conan the Barbarian is (more or less) that despite all appearances, flesh is stronger than steel. Counterintuitive, yes -- but not as much as the Riddle of Riddle of Steel, which goes like this: how can a band this electrifying and unique and pound the pavement between their home in St. Louis and both coasts and not become the toast of the millions of rock fans who buy every Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters album? It's one for the ages, folks.
Riddle of Steel more or less hung it up last year (they're playing one more show in October in "The Lou") but if you're a fan of the heavy, melodic and subversive go out and get their albums "1985", "Got This Feelin'" and "Python" stat, and shake your head at the injustice at the ears of the inattentive and fickle plebs.
Every Monday night, C&L's Late Nite Music Club showcases an act from every state, alphabetically by state, as part of LNMC's 50 State Strategy. Know a band or artist that you think is the best in their state? Email suggestions to latenitemusicclub [at] gmail.com. Next week: Montana.