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Lord Dying

Lord Dying

Anvil, Lord Dying, Sunlord, Wrath 

When: Wed., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $18, $15 in advance
When my esteemed colleague Monica Kendrick wrote about Lord Dying in 2013, this four-piece from Portland, Oregon, had just released their debut album, Summon the Faithless. “If you’ve been looking for a new metal band that’s no-frills, more or less unhyphenated, and all about the raw riffing,” she said, “you could do a hell of a lot worse (and you probably have).” But when I listen to Lord Dying’s new second album, Poisoned Altars (Relapse), I do hear a hybrid: these guys are a little bit custom van, a little bit camo shorts. The chunky, gnashing grooves glisten with an oily patina of bluesy 70s doom, and guitarists Erik Olson and Chris Evans add an occasional swaggering flourish or doubled-up string bend; Olson’s singing, on the other hand, is a furnace-hot, slightly congested bellow that seems to have only one inflection, which he’s borrowed from an entire generation of old-school hardcore front men. The low-slung tunes on Poisoned Altars could use more variety in tempo and feel—I’m encouraged by the traces of High on Fire’s barbarian gallop during parts of “An Open Sore” and “The Clearing at the End of the Path”—but I’m willing to cut the band some slack on that front due to their drummer-retention troubles. (Maybe you’ve noticed that some recent promo photos have only three people in them.) After longtime drummer Jon Reid quit, Rob Shaffer from Dark Castle (who’s toured in Yob and Monarch) played on the new album. But he’s not touring with Lord Dying—that’d be Nickolis Parks of Bastard Feast. At any rate, this Chicago date is the band’s 14th show on this run, so all the gears should be meshing tonight. —Philip Montoro

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