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METAL | Buried at Sea return for Alehorn of Power


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It might not seem like Buried at Sea have been gone all that long, on account of they released Ghost in 2007, but it's been almost seven years since the Chicago drone-doom masters have played a show. That changes Sat 6/11, when the band reconvenes for the Alehorn of Power fest at Double Door—the lineup will be the same as always, with Sanford Parker on guitar and vocals, Jason Depew on guitar, Brian Sowell on bass and vocals, and Bill Daniel on drums. Sowell lives in LA now and Depew is in Portland, Oregon, but Parker says Buried at Sea never officially broke up—when Bible of the Devil drummer Greg Spalding, who books Alehorn of Power, called him out of the blue about playing the fest, he wasted no time contacting the rest of the band. "We've remained really good friends over the years, so it just seemed like the right thing to do," Parker says. "Hopefully more shows will follow."

This is the fifth Alehorn of Power—it's not strictly annual, since Spalding skipped 2010—and past luminaries have included Trouble, Slough Feg, Ludicra, the Gates of Slumber, and Hammers of Misfortune. UK stoner-metal bad­asses Orange Goblin headline this year; the rest of the bill, top to bottom, is Nachtmystium, Bible of the Devil, Buried at Sea, and Zuul. The show starts at 8:30 PM, and tickets are $18 to $20. Buried at Sea are worth seeing live even if you've got their records memorized—chances are you don't have a stereo capable of the skull-softening volume necessary to do justice to these guys' sound, which is so thick and heavy you'd swear they'd strung their guitars with 12-foot lengths of cable.

Some local and sorta-local releases of note: The new Jungle Rot LP, Kill On Command, comes out June 21, and strangely it's on Victory Records—I guess selling all those Emmure albums to mouth-breathing kids means the label can afford to lose money on thrashy trad death metal from a bunch of olds. Black September just reissued last fall's The Forbidden Gates Beyond via their new label, Prosthetic. And Pharaoh, who are based in Philly but whose lineup includes Dawnbringer mastermind Chris Black on drums, put out the EP Ten Years on Cruz del Sur June 7.  —Philip Montoro

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