Pale Horseman, Mound Builders, Sacred Monster, These Beasts | Reggie's Music Joint | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., Nov. 28, 8 p.m. 2015

Continuing in the tradition of hard-working, unfancy, deadly effective metal bands from the Chicago south suburbs, this sludgy, noisy, uncompromising quartet formed in 2012 and has consistently released a new full-length every year while honing their sound through steady gigs. The first release from local label Bullet City Records, the new Bless the Destroyer continues the onslaught of last year’s Mourn the Black Lotus, because this is very much a WYSIWYG band: long, burbling, rasping tracks sometimes build to a sort of architectural grandeur, but they never quite lose their grinding undercurrents of sonic nihilism. “Caverns of the Templar” hints at a war-game-like backstory with its postindustrial influence, and the 15-minute “Bastard Child” impressively maintains a sense of raw filth throughout its long build and unconventional use of vocals. I don’t hear anything that grabs me quite as hard as Mourn’s rumbling, roiling, nearly 17-minute epic “Clairvoyant,” but then I remember that one took a while to really grow on me.

Monica Kendrick

Price: $8

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