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True Widow

Stephanie Hageman

True Widow, Mary Lattimore 

When: Sat., Nov. 19, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $15
On their 2008 self-titled debut LP, Texas band True Widow play dark, smoky, stripped-down shoegaze full of slow-motion beats and brittle guitars. Over the past eight years, True Widow have allowed Sabbath riffs to trickle into the fold, and on September’s Avvolgere (Relapse), they dive headfirst into stoner metal, beefing up and fuzzing out the guitars while adding bulk to the stomp. Oftentimes with bands that blend sludgy riffs and dreamy atmospherics, impact and punch get lost in the ether; all the same, True Widow’s direct and present tracks aim a beam straight at your brain. If there’s one drawback to Avvolgere it’s a lack of variation—at times it feels like you’re listening to four riffs on a repeat loop. But they happen to be four really excellent riffs, and nothing’s going to make you want to hit stop.
— Luca Cimarusti



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