Death to All, Anciients | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Sun., April 21, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $32, $28 in advance
There’s something weirdly life-affirming about this postmortem incarnation of legendary Florida death-metal band Death (vocalist-guitarist and founder Chuck Schuldiner died of a brain tumor in 2001). This is the second Death to All tour, and both have not only paid tribute to Schuldiner’s life and work but also benefited musicians’ health-care charity Sweet Relief. The lineup for this one appears on the 1991 album Human: guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert (with Max Phelps of Exist, a touring guitarist for Masvidal’s band Cynic, on lead vocals). Both tours have additionally brought opening acts along to strut their stuff—this time, it’s young Vancouver progressive-metal band Anciients, who are just now releasing their debut full-length, Heart of Oak (Season of Mist), after a promising EP in 2011. For a first album, it feels impressively well seasoned, with a glorious diversity of sounds and structures, and its complexity is never gratuitous. I’m smitten with the seamless blend of light and heavy on the romantically epic “The Longest River”: acoustic guitars, clean vocals, clear piercing electric runs, and an earth-deep density of drumming. With one stroke, they’ve gone from “band to watch” to “great band already.” —Monica Kendrick



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