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John Sturdy

Bloodiest, Electric Hawk, Sweet Cobra, Allen Epley Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., March 12, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Chicago’s sorta-supergroup Bloodiest say they aren’t really a metal band, and that’s true, but since they run with a metal pack and nobody uses “postrock” unironically anymore (I can’t believe anyone ever did), let’s call them a metal band anyway. Certainly “Mesmerize,” the opening track on their new self-titled full-length via Relapse, is a rifferiffic monster that could trample gatekeepers into a pulp. What makes Bloodiest so effective is their spectacular use of the metal vocabulary to ends that are always hard to predict—particularly the dual-guitar attack of Tony Lazzara and Eric Chaleff. Tracks are sludgy and trippy and atmospheric by turns, and the throbbing pound and howl of “The Widow” wouldn’t be out of place on an 80s Swans album. Though the album’s beautifully produced and artfully paced, the band still throw one or two string of spaghetti at the wall that don’t stick. Still, they have always delivered transcendent live performances with no dull moments, so this release—their first in five years—is an occasion to celebrate.
— Monica Kendrick



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