Like Rats, Disrotted, Staring Problem, Mexican Werewolf 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., May 1, 7 p.m. 2016

It would just be wrong for a band to be named after a Godflesh song and not also produce a monstrous, unholy racket—especially if that track is the crushing opener from the industrial-metal pioneer’s debut LP. On their brand-new full-length II (Southern Lord) local five-piece Like Rats do just that. With a rhythm section featuring two members from powerviolence punishers Weekend Nachos, Like Rats build their insanely heavy hardcore with the same kind of foundation-cracking tones, but instead of using them to whip up a wild frenzy, they anchor evil riffs on rock-solid rhythms and focus progressions on twisted, demonic moods while the vocals deliver death-metal-inspired grunts and growls. II is a brutal combo of massively dark and enormous sounds, and with Nachos calling it a day this coming fall it’ll be exciting to see how much more devastating Like Rats become once its members go full-time. Tonight is the release party for II; the compact-disc version of the album contains every song the band has recorded, including all the tracks from their limited vinyl-only releases.

Luca Cimarusti

Price: $8

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