Mutilation Rites, Polyptych, River Coffin, Pig Champion | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Mutilation Rites, Polyptych, River Coffin, Pig Champion 

When: Wed., March 4, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10
Many canonical elements of black metal—frantic, rattling blastbeats, icy tremolo-picked guitars, a suffocatingly grim atmosphere of alienation and misanthropy—have proved adaptable to other subspecies of the devil’s music. And these days the long-standing link between “underground” black metal and a thin, scritchy, treble-heavy sound—like a gerbil trying to get into a can of soup—seems almost quaint, a relic of an era when bands built an aesthetic around shitty recordings because that’s all they could afford. New York four-piece Mutilation Rites don’t play black metal for skulking around in a frozen Scandinavian forest and thinking about being dead—they sound like they’re swaggering through the bizarro gangland of The Warriors, decked out in filthy black leather and spoiling for a fight. Last year’s Harbinger (Prosthetic) borrows generously from thrash and death metal; many of its riffs are as blunt and chunky as cricket bats, and there’s lots of knotty, bruising drumming with a muscular, brutally compressed sound, a la the best anger factories in metallic posthardcore (Trap Them, Enabler, Black Breath). The vocals alternate between a shredded gargle and a clotted roar, and most of the time it doesn’t sound like guitarist and front man George Paul is even singing words—which is different from knowing there are lyrics but not being able to make them out. If Mutilation Rites’ hammering assault doesn’t say “danger” to you all by itself, though, something’s gone wrong between your ears and your brain. —Philip Montoro
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