Power metal band Dead Season will present Maine on the upcoming Jagermeister Tour and will open for Korn next month at the Lewiston Colisee, both great shows that will cost a pretty penny. Midcoast fans, however, can get up close and personal with the Truman brothers and cohorts Saturday night, April 17 at downtown’s The Underground.

The 21-and-older show will begin 8 p.m. in The Underground at Trade Winds Motor Inn, Park Drive. Tickets are $12 in advance and will be $15 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance and be put on the will-call list, visit deadseasonmusic.com.

Named one of Portland’s most influential bands by the Portland Phoenix this year, Dead Season won Bone FM’s 2009 Bone Bash Battle of the Bands as well as the Music as a Weapon IV Tour Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. As a result of the latter, Dead Season opened for Disturbed in Glens Falls, N.Y. Last year also saw the band’s “Life Death” album hit No. 1 on Billboard Top Heatseekers chart (Northeast); and single “Everything” added to WCYY FM rotation.

It’s not a bad tally for a band that began in 2003 and has been through a lot of personal and personnel changes. Ever since being exposed to Metallica in their early high school years by their older cousin, the Ian and Matt Trumans have shared a love for powerful music with true meaning and inspiration. Their first band was named NeverTrust, but soon Dead Season was born, quickly becoming a local bar favorite and going on to win WTOS-FM’s Battle of the Bands three years in a row. The Truman brothers started to write heavier and more technical songs, and the reconfigured band’s first full length album, “Rise,” was released it in 2006.

The band’s second album, 2008’s “When Everything’s Lost …”, outsold Disturbed’s “Indestructible” and finished just behind Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” and Kid Rock’s “Rock & Roll Jesus” in Maine. Inspired by a series of family losses, the last being the brothers’ mother to ovarian cancer, the album spawned WCYY favorites “You Keep Me Alive” and “Cancer,” which topped the Top 5 at 5 poll for several weeks. Dead Season’s third CD,  “Life Death,” was released last year and is enjoying success on the road and on the air.

Dead Season’s music is fueled by integrity, intensity, inspiration, intelligence and innovation. The band has played, by invitation, with Disturbed, Papa Roach, Quiet Riot, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry, Nonpoint, Saliva, Lacuna Coil, Black Stone Cherry, Powerman 5000, Mushroomhead, Hatebreed, Chimaira, HED pe and God Forbid.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.