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Master

Alpha Omega Management

Master, Cardiac Arrest, Sacrificial Slaughter, Demons Within 

When: Sun., Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $15
Chicago native Paul Speckmann, who played in an early version of War Cry, got this death-metal band off to a slightly confusing start back in the 80s when he shifted the name “Master” from one band to another. But the trio lineup has been steady and consistent since Speckmann moved to the Czech Republic in the early 2000s to take over front-man duties for on-again, off-again Czech band Krabathor and re-formed Master with guitarist Alex Nejezchleba and drummer Zdeněk Pradlovský. Together, the now-stabilized troika of terror have released a steady stream of remarkably consistent death-metal dust devils. Their latest, January’s An Epiphany of Hate (FDA Rekotz), is an unbroken slab of thrashy violence somehow held in place by a sort of perpetual-motion riff machine. Loosely thematic on the subjects of revolution, martyrdom, dystopia, and death, its ten jagged, howling tracks put up a united front—there’s not much to distinguish them from each other—for a solid unbroken 45-ish minutes of aural trepanation.
— Monica Kendrick

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