When: Sat., May 19, 2 p.m. 2012
It's been six years since Tragedy released Nerve Damage, which took crust punk—a genre known for its claustrophobia-inducing arrangements—and blew up its sound to an expansive, epic scale, in the process guaranteeing a place for the Portland-based group's back patches on battle jackets worldwide. So the anticipation for their long-awaited follow-up, Darker Days Ahead (released last week on the group's own Tragedy Records), was stratospheric—and the record actually lives up to the hype. Even more ambitious than its predecessor, Darker Days Ahead is a bleak masterpiece that synthesizes crust, doom metal, and a few other obscure subgenres united mainly by grim ugliness. Tragedy's ambitious multipart arrangements border on prog rock in their intricacy, and their texturally complex sonics make the group the true heir to Neurosis's legacy of world-altering heaviness. If you were waiting for crust to produce its Dark Side of the Moon, you can stop now. Just out of curiosity, I'm going to sync the record up to The Road and see what happens. —Miles Raymer Wartorn, Black September, La Armada, and Descardos open.
Price: $12, $10 in advance