Vreid, Kampfar, Necronomicon, Ov Plagues, Empyreus | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Vreid, Kampfar, Necronomicon, Ov Plagues, Empyreus 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Aug. 30, 7 p.m. 2011

In 2004 Terje "Valfar" Bakken, front man and main songwriter of Norwegian black/folk-metal band Windir, suffered what was possibly the most black-metal of all possible deaths. Not a homicide, not an overdose, not even a human sacrifice—on a hike to his family's cabin, he was caught in a snowstorm and froze to death in the hostile landscape his music evoked so well. Though Windir died with him, three of his bandmates have stayed together ever since in the four-piece Vreid, and while they might be said to lack some of Valfar's "vision thing," they are solid and consistent—and on their new fifth album, V (Indie), they're downright convivial. The music has far more of a thrash component than Windir's and rather less subarctic mysticism—though the longer tracks, like "The Others and the Look," have fiercely cinematic pacing and a nearly classical use of motif. It's music for beating your head against an ancient fir tree, but it's also the rare black-metal album you can sort of have a beer with, even though you're sitting in broken glass. —Monica Kendrick Kampfar, Necronomicon, Ov Plagues, and Empyreus open.

Price: $15

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