Wolves in the Throne Room, A Storm of Light, Krallice, Indian | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Wolves in the Throne Room, A Storm of Light, Krallice, Indian Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., May 16, 8 p.m. 2009

Black metallers take great pride in the hideousness of their aesthetic vision, delighting in descriptors like “putrid” and “vile.” And a lot of the music actually is insanely ugly, as anyone who’s been exposed to Mayhem can attest. But a surprising percentage of black metal is actually kinda pretty when taken on its own terms, which admittedly does require most people to radically recalibrate their definition of “pretty.” Wolves in the Throne Room’s new Black Cascade (Southern Lord) is a good example. Their music is so ridiculously fast and dense that your ears, overwhelmed by the prospect of parsing all those notes, instead interpret the songs as ambient sheets of languidly shifting noise, an effect underscored by the washes of synth not quite buried in the mix. The overall feeling is like standing in the eye of a Category 5 hurricane, instead of getting tossed around in the storm—a frightening place to be, but also thrillingly gorgeous. A Storm of Light, Krallice, and Indian open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $14, $12 in advance