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The legitimately pretty post-rock and shoegaze touches used by this San Francisco black metal group make them an ideal gateway band for the interested but uninitiated would-be metal- head. But don’t worry, once the heaviest elements kick in, their rhythms are plenty punishing and their screams fully unholy.
(Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy & Wierd Records showcase, 6/15 at Saint Vitus)

The Atlas Moth
TheThe Chicago band’s ultra-heavy three-guitar sound is a mixture of weed-soaked riffage, deep-sludge blues chords, frayed psych edges, and choice bits of another dozen styles or so. They’re unafraid to travel all the way to free jazz in the service of adventurous heavy metal.
(BrooklynVegan BBG and Brutal Panda showcase, 6/15 at Union Pool)


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