When: Mon., Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Portland band Atriarch have attracted some buzz for their fusion of blackened doom metal and real old-school goth, but I honestly don't get why anyone's treating it like a novelty: Bauhaus, Christian Death, and Fields of the Nephilim weren't that far away from metal in the first place, at least in their early years, so it's just a jump to the left to do that time warp again. I'm only surprised that this kind of hybrid isn't more common. That said, Atriarch do this sound deliriously well. Ritual of Passing (Profound Lore), their second full-length if you don't count a split LP with Alaric earlier this year, has a commanding presence: they know their way around the vicious guitar slashes and pounding rhythms that mark goth at its scariest, and they use metal's grand sense of architecture to hold it aloft before letting it all come crashing down. Jessica Way of Worm Ourobouros contributes to a haunting vocal duet on "Outro (Lucifer Speaks With Death)." All killer, no filler. —Monica Kendrick Indian headlines; Atriarch opens.