Castle, Killer Moon, Alma Negra | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Castle, Killer Moon, Alma Negra Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Wed., June 4, 9 p.m. 2014

Metal trio Castle, whose members are split between San Francisco and Toronto, streamline their sound on their third full-length, the new Under Siege (Prosthetic). Its eight songs total only a little more than half an hour, and though they’re relatively short and sweet, they have a fiery density and epic feel that’s in keeping with the stunning cover by Russian occult artist Denis Forkas Kostromitin. It’s not as frenzied as 2012’s Blacklands sometimes gets; Castle seem to have decided to focus on the medieval-tavern-brawl elements of their sound, and they’ve done a great job. Iron Maiden-ish guitar leads tickle like bloody claws, bassist and front woman Elizabeth Blackwell gives an Ozzy-like reading of “Pyramid Lake,” and the bass roll in “Labyrinth of Death” sounds like something out of “Heaven and Hell”; it’s all hooky and melodic and heavy without ever plodding. As a gift to fans, there’s a new single too: a blistering cover of Alice Cooper’s “Second Coming.” —Monica Kendrick

Price: $10

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