Zoroaster, Gates of Slumber, Serpentcult, Ganon | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Zoroaster, Gates of Slumber, Serpentcult, Ganon Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 1, 9:30 p.m. 2009

This Belgian doom-metal quartet rose from the ashes of a band called Thee Plague of Gentlemen, who were working on a record provisionally titled Serpentcult when their front man was arrested for—and confessed to—raping several children. But Serpentcult would’ve needed a new name even if they hadn’t been in such a hurry to dissociate themselves from their old bandmate; their current singer, Michelle Nocon, is hardly a gentleman (or even a man). Their full-length debut, Weight of Light, released last year on Rise Above, is a simple but surprisingly compelling combination of elements: post-Electric Wizard boiling sludge, percolating with almost groovy rhythms and fronted by a banshee rather than the usual troll. Nocon’s clean, cutting vocals mean you can’t quite nod off—though the music has plenty of stoner rock’s muddy, narcotizing buzz, she’ll keep startling you awake and leading you off the path. This is the band’s first U.S. tour. Zoroaster headlines; Gates of Slumber, Serpentcult, and Ganon open. —Monica Kendrick

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