Decapitated, Jungle Rot, Against the Plagues, Theories, Ox King | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Decapitated, Jungle Rot, Against the Plagues, Theories, Ox King 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sat., Jan. 30, 7 p.m. 2016

Black Breath unfortunately dropped off tour.

On their previous two full-lengths, 2010’s Heavy Breathing and 2012’s Sentenced to Life, Seattle’s Black Breath summon a vitriol best expressed in blasts of rapid-fire tremolo picking, hateful and ferocious D-beat-inspired drumming, and tortured vocal howling that must be a password to at least one of the gates of hell. Like a pair of tractor trailers engulfed in flames and careening together down an icy highway, those albums were freakish and out of fucking control—and almost always better because of it. Marqueed by track names like “Reaping Flesh” and “Seed of Cain,” the new Slaves Beyond Death (Southern Lord) is loyal to the gloom and disgust of its predecessors, though the album as a whole is more like a noose than a Gatling gun. The title track, for instance, begins with a slow and sludgy bludgeoning beat as front man Neil McAdams yowls, “I drag your soul / Through this world of darkness / I drag your soul.” It’s lumbering and tough as nails—and appropriately loaded with double-kick rolls by the awesome Jamie Byrum. And though the downshifting does result in a bit too much heavy grooving here and there (“A Place of Insane Cruelty”), it also allows for some pretty saga-filled guitar work and plenty of glorious solos that rain down like fire from the sky.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $18, $15 in advance

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