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Cold Waves II: Prong, Iron Lung Corp, 16 Volt, Skrew, Hate Dept., Evil Mothers, Plague Bringer 

When: Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m. 2013
Price: $33, $56 two-day pass, $125 VIP
Local duo Plague Bringer made a big splash around town with their 2006 debut LP, As the Ghosts Collect, the Corpses Rest, combining Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s frenzied cybergrind and Emperor’s epic black metal. But after their 2008 follow-up, Life Songs in a Land of Death, guitarist and drum programmer Greg Ratajczak and vocalist Josh Rosenthal gradually stopped doing much of anything as Plague Bringer. For a while Ratajczak was the guitarist in Mark Solotroff’s post-everything outfit Anatomy of Habit, and Rosenthal made a cameo on the most recent American Heritage record, but their band together hasn’t so much as played a show in more than two years. Then pretty much out of nowhere they released a new track in May, which seems to have been a warm-up for a full-blown resurgence: a double LP titled One in Two Parts is on the horizon, as are vinyl reissues of their first two LPs (by Gypsyblood Records, a new imprint run by Stavros Giannopoulos of the Atlas Moth). Onstage Plague Bringer blast their pummeling drum-machine beats through gigantic speaker cabinets at punishing volumes, and they make their live return this weekend—their set is part of the festival Cold Waves II, which honors the life of Acumen Nation guitarist Jamie Duffy, who died of a sleeping-pill overdose last year. Proceeds go to Hope for the Day, a nonprofit that provides suicide-awareness education for youth. —Luca Cimarusti Prong headlines; Iron Lung Corp., 16 Volt, Skrew, Hate Dept., Evil Mothers, and Plague Bringer open.


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