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Cloakroom, RLYR, Electric Hawk Recommended Soundboard 17+

When: Sun., June 26, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Chicago postmetal supergroup RLYR began as an inauspicious collaboration between Pelican guitarist Trevor Shelley de Brauw and Locrian drummer Steven Hess. The two were invited to perform a duo improvisation at Milwaukee’s experimental Utech Records Music Festival in 2013, and considering both juggle plenty of other creative projects, the partnership could have ended with that one show. But now, three years later—and having since added busy bassist Colin DeKuiper (Bloodiest, ex-Russian Circles)—Shelley de Brauw and Hess welcome their first full-length, Delayer (Magic Bullet). The RLYR handle—inspired by Relayer, which Shelley de Brauw describes as one of the lesser-loved albums by prog-rockers Yes—hints at the group’s desire to push beyond the confines of metal. Delayer is heavy, yes, but RLYR employ shapeless feedback, progressive suites, elegiac melodies, and radiant bursts of noise in order to bring the hammer down. The record unloads cannonballs of catharsis, and even the transition between the surging gallop of opener “Slipstream Summer” and the shape-shifting ecstatic noise of the title track brims with unseen force.
— Leor Galil



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