3 Inches of Blood, Saviours, Holy Grail | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Nov. 21, 9:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $13, 17+
This California four-piece emerged from the stoner-rock scene, but at the level of id the band looks to be a horse of another color. Though Saviours indulge in the requisite sludgy down-tuning, they've got none of the genre's luxuriant dilated-pupil languor—the heart inside their metal beats fast. On the band's third full-length, Accelerated Living (Kemado), there's a bit of Black Flag and Nausea in their churn, and the structures of their songs forsake one of the chief advantages of relatively slow metal, namely the productive tension it can create by threatening to erupt at any moment—these guys erupt so frequently that they've hardly got time to threaten anything. It's a trade-off, of course, and Saviours' way has its own rewards. The playful cover artwork, which looks like something a satanist might paint on the side of his custom van, lets you know what you're in for: straight-up ripping metal that farts in the general direction of self-seriousness, overanalysis, and basically any thesis a music critic might care to trot out. "Acid Hand" and "Livin' in the Void" in particular pwn the thesaurus wielders of the world. —Monica Kendrick

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