Agalloch, Subarachnoid Space, Indian, Velnias | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Agalloch, Subarachnoid Space, Indian, Velnias Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 12, 8 p.m. 2009

This densely psychedelic Portland outfit, which hasn’t released an album since 2005’s The Red Veil, is practically a brand-new band on the forthcoming Eight Bells (Crucial Blast). The heart and soul and burning core of the Subarachnoid Space is still guitarist and vocalist Melynda Jackson—she of the wicked ways with effects pedals—but she’s now part of a new lineup that includes two other guitarists (if you count the album-only contributions of producer Steven Wray Lobdell, aka the Davis Redford Triad), and her sense of what’s possible seems likewise renewed. Parts of Eight Bells are nearly as heavy as the weightiest doom (“Bird Signs,” “Lilith”), while others begin with an almost light touch that’s both cradling and ominous, suggesting as it does the slow boiling build to come—“Akathesia” stretches to a generous length, full of predatory patience. I remember the band being absolutely transfixing live in 2005, and I’m looking forward to seeing what this incarnation can do. Agalloch headlines; the Subarachnoid Space, Indian, and Velnias open. See also Sunday. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15, $12 in advance

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