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Concert Thu Feb 07 2008

Get your blight on - Metal, drone, horror noise @ Mr. City

I mean, why not? It's totally crap out anyway. You know you're depressed. This is the sixth or seventh sunless day in a row. Sometimes, the only way to get out of a black cloud is to go straight into the center of it. And if you live your life like that, my friend, have I ever got a show for you...

This Saturday at Mr. City (1133 W. Fulton Market - enter on May, one block East of Racine), three locally-conjured apparitions shall sway before you, beckoning you into a cloud of despair from which will envelop you from now until the Taste of Chicago rolls around. Velnias hail from Naperville, and are said to evoke the very best of the classic black metal tradition - think Gorgoroth, early Darkthrone, Ulver maybe - a sight and sound that is always welcome to ears accustomed only to the most fetid beauties in life. Oakeater sprang from the putrefying corpse of the Coughs, a horrific crossroads point between Comus' steaming woodlands and the scrapyard way-stations of early Controlled Bleeding - percussion, drum (as in singular), bass, noise, howls, and more. Locrian generally take two guitars and 2 x 100 pedals and let them scatter out to far deep corners of space...sometimes, the destination is littered with stars, but I suspect for this show, a more desolate portion of the map will be explored.
9 p.m., $5, BYOB, dress warm.

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Alarm Magazine
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