Rites of Thy Degringolade, A Hill to Die Upon, Polyptych, Ara | Reggie's Music Joint | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Rites of Thy Degringolade

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Rites of Thy Degringolade, A Hill to Die Upon, Polyptych, Ara 

When: Fri., Oct. 14, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $15, $12 in advance
My jaw dropped when I saw this listing on the Reggie’s calendar. Innovative Canadian occult-metal outfit Rites of Thy Degringolade haven’t released a record since 2005 and were assumed defunct until they resurfaced for the Covenant Festival in Vancouver in 2015—though beautifully packaged reissues of their earlier works kept memories fresh. Founder and composer Paulus Kressman told Factory Worker Media last year that he felt Rites’ back catalog held up very well, and so it made sense to resurrect the band as a live experience. Sightings have still been elusive and rare, and I’m really not sure if they’ve ever played Chicago before. (They’ll also be at the California Deathfest this weekend.) Their sound is an all-out assault, and with time the chaotic black-metal howling seems to play upon the human brain’s tendency to resolve patterns—it becomes sophisticated and complex and full of buzzing insinuation of meaning, like a whole beehive full of muttering demons.
— Monica Kendrick
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