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Diocletian, Manticore, Sons of Famine Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., May 31, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $12 in advance
Diocletian have canceled their tour due to a family emergency. New Zealand metal band Diocletian (who have shared members with Vassafor and Ulcerate) released their first demo in 2005 and have managed three full-lengths since, in among a stream of splits and EPs. Four years have passed since 2010’s War of All Against All, though, so their brand-new LP, Gesundrian (Osmose), is a big fucking deal. Bassist L. Muir is back on vocals, and guitarist J. Baldwin, who’s been playing with Diocletian live for years, appears on his first proper album here. Gesundrian demonstrates why “war metal” is a great subgenre with a terrible name—after all, there are many different kinds of war, and all of them should sound different. (You could also argue that “war metal” is redundant, since metal habitually uses sounds as weapons anyway.) But Diocletian build on their roots in blackened death metal to accomplish a perfect fusion of animal brutality and a very human talent for extermination. —Monica Kendrick



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