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When: Sun., Sept. 6, 9 p.m. 2015

Formed in 1999, spaced-out supergroup Old Man Gloom is cofronted by three dudes from some of gnarliest heavy bands of that era: guitarist Aaron Turner (Isis) brought celestial sludge, guitarist Nate Newton (Converge) delivered the techy bite, and bassist Caleb Scofield (Cave In) anchored the massive low end. Their first handful of records featured a hammered-together mix of dissonant and furious 90-second barrages of terror, epic and dark postmetal, and soundscapes of avant-garde noise—and then the band disappeared into the ether in 2004. They returned in 2012 with No, but their sound—still one of the heaviest things on the planet—had developed from pure, aggressive assaults into dense, knotty, complex arrangements. At the end of last year Old Man Gloom released two records on the same day via Profound Lore called The Ape of God (they basically did the same thing in 2001 with the releases of Seminar II and Seminar III). On the albums they work all angles of the space-metal spectrum: part one focuses on No-style short blasts of heaviness, while the other comprises four stellar, sweeping sludge-metal movements. Old Man Gloom pretty much never tour, so I wouldn’t miss the chance to catch these gods of doom live.

Luca Cimarusti

Price: sold out

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