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Plague Bringer finally bring a little more plague 

Plus: Oreo Fest returns with a double-stuffed bill at the Portage, Beau Wanzer collaborates with Texas duo Corporate Park, and more.

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Sorry to disappoint everyone, but that's not actually what Plague Bringer's drum machine looks like.

Sorry to disappoint everyone, but that's not actually what Plague Bringer's drum machine looks like.

Selena Salfen

In 2010 Gossip Wolf reported on a forthcoming album called One in Two Parts by local industrial-metal duo Plague Bringer—and fans of the band's turgid, squalling blasts are still waiting for it! Last week on Bandcamp, Plague Bringer dropped "A Dismal Creep," the first new track since 2013 of their distinctive "cyber-grind" (to quote the Reader's Luca Cimarusti). Guitarist Greg Ratajczak promises he's "going to finish this 90-­minute two-disc set sometime in 2016" and that he "hopes to include a personal musical hero on guest vocals." Please bring some more plague soon!

Last week local posthardcore unit AsHell dropped their debut, Lupa. Angel-voiced front man Kortland Chase says vinyl will arrive this spring, and the album is streaming on Bandcamp at

DJ Oreo, the west-sider who runs the decks for Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, brings the latest installment of his Oreo Fest to the Portage on Sunday, December 27! The one-night mini festival also features Atlanta "it" producer Metro Boomin and a packed bill of great local rappers, including Martin Sky, ZMoney, Katie Got Bandz, Saba, and Leather Corduroys' Joey Purp and Kami. Tickets are $25.

Local electronic-music maven Beau Wanzer is really into chilly synths and chili the food. Maybe that's why he's spent so much time in Texas over the past few years, recording with abstract noise duo Corporate Park? Last week the collaboration dropped CP/BW, an LP of ghostly, chattering post­industrial squelch. Though Gossip Wolf doesn't recommend sticking your head through an electric fence or blowing up a power plant, it'd make a perfect soundtrack for either!  v

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