Beak, Nightkin, Waspkeeper | Burlington | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., Jan. 9, 9 p.m. 2015

This Michigan-based black- and/or death-metal band has an enticing pedigree: its members include former shredders from the Black Dahlia Murder, Abigail Williams, and the Red Chord, rounded out by a couple of up-and-comers. The fun part is that Nightkin is one of those bands in which the players aren’t necessarily manning the instruments you’d expect. Mike “Gunface” McKenzie, the breathtakingly grotty growler who’s oppressively high in the mix, isn’t actually known as a vocalist at all (he plays guitar in the Red Chord). Maybe that shuffle is what gives the group’s full-length debut, last year’s self-released Nox Aeterna, its convincing primitivism, or perhaps years of playing in sophisticated metal bands can make anyone want to air out his inner Morlock. Don’t be fooled, though—this band can be very slick and limber when it wants to be (listen to the shivery guitar solo on “Abhorrent Rite of Unbinding,” for example). There’s a hint of melodicism and lyricism audible in the massive morass—and Nightkin uses it like a threat. —Monica Kendrick

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