Volunteer front man Francisco Ramirez has a lot to say. Credit: Courtesy the artist

There’s a heavy-metal blowout at the Burlington tonight, and Milwaukee band Volunteer are coming down to bring the Melvins-flavored fury. Fronted by former Chicagoan Francisco Ramirez (who runs the silk-screen studio Bureau of Print Research and Design, whose work pops up often as the Reader‘s gig poster of the week), the four-piece play gross and groovy sludge-metal with noise-rock leanings, giving a giant, sweaty hat-tip to the likes of Unsane, the Jesus Lizard, Crowbar, and especially the aforementioned Melvins. Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is the title tune from the band’s 2014 Goner EP, which blends slow-motion rhythmic pummeling, a disgusting guitar onslaught, and caveman hollering. 


Headlining the gig are proggy local death-metal shredders Arriver.