Watain, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, the Muzzler | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Watain, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, the Muzzler All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sun., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. 2010

Black-metal bands seem to take pride in obfuscation: devising incomprehensible logos, concealing their faces with corpsepaint, releasing tiny-edition cassette tapes you can't find even in the most obscurity-worshipping record shops. In a more strictly musical sense that means that you rarely find black-metal bands that play like Watain—heavy and dense but crisply defined. These scarily earnest Swedes summon a convincingly menacing thunder that doesn't blur out of focus, and their knack for melody and dynamics occasionally recalls the New Wave of British Heavy Metal instead of the full-bore onslaught of, say, Mayhem. Not that Watain is a pop band or anything; like their already-classic 2007 album Sworn to the Dark, the recent Lawless Darkness (Season of Mist) is a trip to very bad places, led by ghoulish guys with a thing for satanism, fake blood, and animal carcasses. Goatwhore, Black Anvil, and the Muzzler open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20, $17 in advance

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