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Micawber, Bloodletter, Withering Soul, Tenebrism 

When: Thu., Jan. 5, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $10
This underrated Green Bay death-metal band started in 2007 and quickly released a trio of EPs—each better than its predecessor—before finally dropping their first full-length, Viral, in 2011 and their second, The Gods of Outer Hell, in 2015. They have a fierce full-frontal grind attack, and vocalist Leighton Thompson’s growls feature a viscous, oozing quality that I find enjoyably unnerving—there’s also a hint of a waggish wit at work, both musically and lyrically (note the vertigo-inducing, slightly Arabesque breakdown flourishes on “Bound to the Eternal Flesh”). Their material is very much your standard satanic-Lovecraftian-horror-movie fuel, but I’m forever charmed by their nihilist manifesto “Hellbender,” in which they describe themselves as “hair and inebriation.” There’s not a weak moment on The Gods of Outer Hell, so I don’t expect the live show to disappoint.
— Monica Kendrick



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