Kylesa, Blood Ceremony, White Hills, Lazer/Wulf 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., June 5, 7:30 p.m. 2013

Toronto four-piece Blood Ceremony often get described using the words “folk” and “doom,” usually at the same time, but the real precedents for their sound are late-60s and early-70s witch-rock bands such as Black Widow and Coven (best remembered for scoring a hit with a highly uncharacteristic version of “One Tin Soldier”). Puffs of Steeleye Span, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Led Zeppelin (at their feyest) go wafting by too, but the dominant influence becomes crystal clear when front woman Alia O’Brien whips out her flute and wields it like she’s trying to flay someone from head to toe with the power of her breath. Yes, Blood Ceremony go full Jethro, right down to the Tull’s Morris-dance archaisms and neopagan grandeur. Their third album, The Eldritch Darkness (Metal Blade), is solidly unmundane from start to finish, with wailing soloing, Hammer horror organ, and crunching riffs; it includes a very earnest-sounding hymn to “Lord Summerisle” and the very Fairport-sounding “Ballad of the Weird Sisters.” If you’ve ever put mugwort or wormwood in your bong when you ran out of weed, this is totally for you. —Monica Kendrick Kylesa headlines; Blood Ceremony, White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf open.

Price: $14

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