Brooklyn-based black-metal quartet Mutilation Rites
hit the ground running in 2009, and now, after two demos, two solid EPs (Devoid
and I Am Legion
), one full-length, and a whole lot of touring, this band no one outside New York had heard of three years ago is poised to break big. The album in question, last spring’s Empyrean
(Prosthetic), is grounded and earthy—bits of crust and grindcore flash by in the maelstrom—but Mutilation Rites elevate its garagey murk with filthy grandeur. Guitarists George Paul and Michael Dimmitt deliver what probably count as hooks in black metal, and drummer Justin Ennis (formerly of Tombs) gives the songs a forward propulsion that almost soars—the loping chug in “Realms of Dementia
” sounds like congealing blood coming to a boil. I doubt you’ll be able to catch this band in such a cozy venue for much longer. —Monica Kendrick Inter Arma, Defcon, and Beyond De-th open.