Jungle Rot, Lightning Swords of Death, Woe of Tyrants, Trials, Pathology | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Jungle Rot, Lightning Swords of Death, Woe of Tyrants, Trials, Pathology Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., July 31, 9 p.m. 2010

This Los Angeles four-piece may have a corny name (taken from a Japanese cult film in the "Lone Wolf and Cub" series) that makes them sound like a joke band or at least a hipster-metal outfit, and they may live in one of the sunniest, shiniest cities on the planet, but the thrashy black metal on their second full-length, The Extra Dimensional Wound (Metal Blade), goes to extreme measures to capture the atmosphere of a dark, bone-littered Scandinavian cave. These guys work so hard at ambience and brutality that they sacrifice memorability—put the album on shuffle and it's not always easy to tell which of the eight tracks you're listening to. But it's such a powerful sound—"Paths to Chaos" and "Invoke the Desolate One" are particularly hair-raising—that I found myself unbothered by the sameyness. Forty-five minutes isn't too long to spend revelling in a murky grind that's nasty enough to make your eyeballs bleed. Jungle Rot headlines; Lightning Swords of Death, Woe of Tyrants, Trials, and Pathology open. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15, $13 in advance, 17+

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