Masaki Batoh's Brain Pulse Music, the Body, Jason Ajemian & Michael Zerang | Empty Bottle | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Masaki Batoh's Brain Pulse Music, the Body, Jason Ajemian & Michael Zerang 

When: Tue., May 14, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $15, $12 in advance
Portland duo the Body infect their doomy, sludgy metal with the feeling of dread you get from a society toppling into decay, and the new EP Master, We Perish (At a Loss) is especially grim. Opener “The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash” kicks off with a civil-defense siren blaring through a hailstorm of drumming and blown-out guitar blackened with low-end distortion—by the time guitarist and front man Chip King lets loose with his bloodletting screech, it’s easy to picture the denizens of a small town fleeing an apocalypse of fire and brimstone. On “The Blessed Lay Down and Writhe in Agony,” cavernous postrock guitar and sparse, delay-treated drumming create a backdrop for meditative, wordless vocals (provided by friends of the band from the Assembly of Light Choir and Whore Paint), painting an eerie picture of a barren postapocalyptic wasteland. And the darkly psychedelic faux drum circle on the epic album closer, “Worship,” sounds like the feral survivors banding together to protect one another from whatever violence may come next. —Leor Galil Masaki Batoh of Ghost headlines with his Brain Pulse Music; the Body and a duo of Jason Ajemian and Michael Zerang open.



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