Sweet Cobra, American Heritage, Enabler | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Sweet Cobra, American Heritage, Enabler Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., March 4, 9:30 p.m. 2011

On the brand-new Sedentary (Translation Loss), American Heritage's first album in five years, the local four-piece don't entirely abandon the rifftastic metal cathedral that also houses their buddies in Mastodon and Baroness. (It was recorded while they were between bassists, and Mastodon's Bill Kelliher tracked some bass and guitar.) But with its punishing two-minute opener, "Sickening Rebellion," the album dishes out a swift, steel-toed kick to the crotch, and for every melodic, intricately constructed saga, there's a blast of thrashing fury like "Kiddie Pool of Baby Blood" or "Fetal Attraction," saturated with the nastiness of old-school hardcore punk a la Discharge and Poison Idea. This cycling between burners and epics makes for a record much more pleasant and satisfying than either a nonstop ragefest or a proggy labyrinth. American Heritage formed in 1997 and have been killing it for well over a decade, which requires lots of fortitude and more than a little self-indulgence. Or, as vocalist-guitarist Adam Norden puts it in the band's PR material, "Our restlessness keeps us going. We still come at it with a midwestern punk aesthetic—get up onstage, burn it up, and get loaded." A-fucking-men, dude. —Kevin Warwick

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