Nachtmystium, Sourvein, Batillus, Lord Mantis, Mutilation Rites, Hour of 13 | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Tue., July 19, 8 p.m. 2011

North Carolina doom quartet Sourvein knows how to leave fans wanting more—the split CDs and EPs are generous, but the full-lengths are slow in coming. The new Black Fangs (Candlelight) is only their third since forming in 1993, and their first in almost nine years. Anything that comes after a wait like that always risks anticlimax, but Black Fangs delivers—down-tuned and dirty, slower than most human bodily rhythms (with the possible exception of bipolar cycling), the album simmers with a buried aggression that threatens revenge served cold. Though the album works just as well as background music as it does full-volume foreground, I never once got the feeling that the band had just set the cruise control and gone for a nod; T-Roy’s unsettling vocals suggest a lurking, reptilian intelligence even when swamped in the mix. Who knows when Sourvein will muster up this kind of energy again, so catch them while they’re hot. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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