Macabre, Yakuza, Novembers Doom, A Corporate Death, Primal Lore | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Macabre, Yakuza, Novembers Doom, A Corporate Death, Primal Lore 17+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Dec. 23, 8 p.m. 2011

It's always interesting to see a long-running band with a revolving-door lineup play songs onstage that were carefully crafted in the studio years ago by an almost completely different group of people. Chicago metal institution Novembers Doom has counted more than its share of skilled players among its ranks since assembling itself from the doomed-down bones of Laceration in 1989, and over the years its dark, heavy music has only gotten more lush and grandiose—a massive lineup change in 1996, which left vocalists Paul Kuhr and Cathy Jo Hejna as the only founding members, shifted the group's relatively raw early sound toward melodramatic, almost gothic melody. Novembers Doom caught my attention when I saw their 1999 album Of Sculptured Ivy and Stone Flowers mentioned on a listserv devoted to UK contemporaries My Dying Bride, where comparisons between the two were flying . . . well, that and my friend Mary Bielich (formerly of Mythic and Penance, among other bands) was playing bass with them at the time. Both Hejna and Bielich have since left the band, and the current lineup consists of Kuhr (whose combination of tortured growls and clean, theatrical tenor singing remains the most distinctive element of the ND sound), guitarist Larry Roberts (formerly with Neurotoxin and a member of ND since 1999), second guitarist Vito Marchese, bassist Mike Feldman, and brand-new drummer Garry Naples. Their eighth and latest full-length, this spring's Aphotic (The End), features several guests, including vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen (formerly of the Gathering) and Earthen Grave violinist Rachel Barton Pine, but they won't be at this show. Speaking of revolving doors, though: Earthen Grave bassist Ron Holzner, best known from his years in Trouble, is also a former member of Novembers Doom. —Vera Videnovich Macabre headlines; Yakuza, Novembers Doom, A Corporate Death, and Primal Lore open.

Price: $12

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