Cathedral of the Black Goat V: Nuclear Magick, Negative Plane, Blasphemic Cruelty, Nocturnal Fear, Infernal Sacrament, Akashah, Empyreus Agenda Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Fri., March 28, 5 p.m. 2014

You’ve got to hand it to the Cathedral of the Black Goat folks—running an excellent little underground metal festival with such total Satanic commitment, year in and year out, can’t be an easy task. This installment is long since sold out, because Black Goat consistently scores impressive bookings—whatever you think of the fest’s occult underpinnings, its lineups are undeniable. One of the highlights this time around is German band Nuclear Magick, playing their first Chicago show; it’s an exclusive date too, not part of a tour. Their first EP, Priests of the Bomb, has been circulating as a demo cassette for two years, and last fall Iron Bonehead reissued it on vinyl (you can also stream or download it at Nuclear Magick’s theme is nuclear holocaust, unsurprisingly, and they focus on it with cold-war intensity. Their doom-rooted black-metal sound is dark and greasy—I detect a Saint Vitus influence—and fiercely versatile, cranked up and thrashy on shorter tracks (“Strontium-90”) and slowed down and sludged-out on longer ones (“Enhanced Radiation Weapon”). They’ll be playing without drummer Dennis Deuterium, who’s been denied entry into the country. Two local drummers will fill in, each for half the set: David Swanson from Kommandant and Eric Rodriguez from Infernal Sacrament, Luciferum, and Hellfire Deathcult. (There will be a 15-minute intermission to reconfigure the kit from left-handed to right-handed.) The Cathedral of the Black Goat V continues tomorrow at the same venue with headliners Perdition Temple. —Monica Kendrick Nuclear Magick headlines; Negative Plane, Blasphemic Cruelty, Nocturnal Fear, Infernal Sacrament, Akashah, and Empyreus open.

Price: sold out

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