Generation of Vipers
, based in the mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, maintains a fairly leisurely recording schedule. Last year's Howl and Filth
, which combines the inexorable chugging drive of Unsane with the apocalyptic scale of the loud bits on a Neurosis album, was the trio's first full-length since 2007's Dead Circle
, perhaps in part because two of these mountain men are also in sprawling, artsy hillbilly-metal collective U.S. Christmas, an underappreciated southern treasure. In June the Translation Loss label (also home to Dysrhythmia, Jarboe, and Mouth of the Architect, among others) reissued Howl and Filth
, so a lot more people will soon be hearing Generation of Vipers. Their long, grinding, mesmerizing tracks (which show some Converge influence—not surprising, given that Kurt Ballou produced the album) add up to more than the sum of their parts, going down almost smooth but leaving a deep burn. —Monica Kendrick Roach Beach and Oyarsa open.