“To the brink and back,” Minsk
vocalist and keyboardist Tim Mead wrote on the band’s blog last month. “Nearly a decade spent pouring everything we had into this thing, and just like that we almost felt it slip away. Almost. It has been a long two years.” He was talking about Minsk’s rejuvenation—and the “two years” he mentioned is a reference to the three new members who joined in 2012. For Chicago fans of Peoria’s finest blasters of evocative and sophisticated progressive doom metal, it’s been an even longer wait—according to guitarist Chris Bennett, their previous Chicago show was four years ago. I sure missed Minsk, and if you didn’t, the new double-LP reissue of 2009’s With Echoes in the Movement of Stone
(Bird Dialect) should help remind you just how good they’ve been. They’ve been working on new material, and Bennett says at least half of tonight’s set will be songs no one has heard before; I’m especially looking forward to hearing what the new recruits can do. Openers Alma Negra are shopping a record called Heartless
(they’ll have some handmade copies available), but after this show they’re going on hiatus while they replace departing bassist Ivan Cruz. —Monica Kendrick Minsk headlines; Alma Negra and Rabid Rabbit open.