When: Tue., May 28, 7 p.m. 2013
Yonkers, New York, might not seem like a natural hotbed for death metal, but it’s produced at least one great band. Immolation came together in Yonkers in the late 80s, and right out of the gate guitarist Robert Vigna was writing punishing, demanding music—their first album, 1991’s Dawn of Possession, is often considered one of the foundational documents of technical death metal. Their ninth and latest, Kingdom of Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast), is like a knockout punch or a killing blow, finishing the job started by its two predecessors, Shadow in the Light and Majesty in Decay. Immolation have perfected their balance of brutality and sophistication—though their relentlessness can work against them, given that the album’s intense production sets up every element to constantly compete with all the others. But there’s no weak link—the slightly sidewise riffing sells the dystopian atmosphere at every turn. —Monica Kendrick Cannibal Corpse headlines; Napalm Death and Immolation open.