Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, Cove, Moral Void, Thieves | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, Cove, Moral Void, Thieves 

When: Mon., Feb. 24, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $12, $10 in advance
One of the most fascinating things about black metal is how adaptable its profoundly antagonistic sound has proved to be, hybridizing easily with styles as disparate as death metal and throwback 70s rock ’n’ roll. But Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites want no part of that: they argue persuasively for the old-school aesthetic purity that “true kvlt” fans insist on. Their pummeling 2012 album Empyrean (Prosthetic) draws on an attenuated set of influences, never ranging much further from Venom than Darkthrone, and it’s all the more gratifying for its undiluted ancestry.

Fans of mean, ugly music will find Full of Hell’s recent Rudiments of Mutilation (A389) familiar, given that it works the same territory that grindcore and sludge bands cleared in the 90s. But it seems there’s still a lot of hateful life left in the combination of blastbeats, detuned guitars, and gleefully horrifying misanthropy. Rudiments crackles with nasty bare-wire energy, and Full of Hell’s inescapable presence on certain parts of Tumblr suggests that they’re becoming poster boys for a whole new generation of antisocial youth. —Miles Raymer Mutilation Rites headline; Full of Hell, Cove, Moral Void, and Thieves open.

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