Planning for Burial, Magick Potion, Varaha 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. 2016

Thank goodness for San Francisco label the Flenser, which specializes in the kind of experimental metal most orthodox fans would tell you isn’t metal. The label has released black metal that puts misanthropes in a tizzy and experimental LPs that veer toward pop—it’s all heavy, but it’s also categorically diffuse. Thom Wasluck, who eight years ago began recording mystifying, gloomy, and endless bedroom tracks as Planning for Burial, joined the Flenser fold in 2014 with a full-length called Desideratum. Levitating shoegaze melodies and barely audible whispers gracefully float through the five-track LP, and Wasluck allows his affection for the heaviness of doom and goth to seep into the pores of the songs. Despite this, tracks aren’t punishingly loud—though the glacial-paced “Desideratum” presses down with massive force, it acts like it could evaporate at any moment. Wasluck isn’t married to any one label, and his Bandcamp page is stuffed with one-off singles and collections. Sure, you can no longer buy a lathe-cut version of June’s “As a Lover” single, but you can still stream the throbbing postpunk number all you want—though I recommend taking plenty of breaks for some sun, lest the coldness get to you.

Leor Galil

Price: $12, $7 in advance

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