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Samothrace, Zaius, a Man & His Clone Agenda Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., March 6, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $8, $5 in advance
When Bryan Spinks, guitarist and vocalist for Seattle doom four-piece Samothrace, lets loose with one of his behemoth, bloodcurdling battle cries, it’s as though you can hear it erupting from the fiery pit of his bowels even before it boils over into the microphone. Last year’s Reverence to Stone (20 Buck Spin) consists of two massive death marches (“A Horse of Our Own” tops 20 minutes, while “When We Emerged” is just under 15), and Spinks meticulously picks his moments, singing only about a third of the time—the sludgy, swooping rhythms and hell-tuned guitar have plenty of chances to scorch the soundscapes on their own. The songs peak with intricate guitar solos and overpowering cymbal crashes, which seem to be attempting to tear through into an even bleaker dimension, but it’s the lulls—the gentle interludes of flickering almost-postrock—that really let Samothrace come down on you hard. Halfway through “A Horse of Our Own,” for instance, there are four minutes of negative space that’s mostly just bluesy guitar and fuzzy, faintly swirling feedback. When that feedback finally coalesces into an apocalyptic death knell, you’re highly likely to arrive at a sudden understanding of the band’s motto: “Heavy music for heavy times.” —Kevin Warwick Zaius and a Man & His Clone open.

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