THE SLUDGE REPORT

Misery loves Ocean and Salome

An excellent night of left-field underground metal (curated by Pitchfork contributor and sometimes Voice scribe Brandon Stosuy), where Maine's critically acclaimed, molasses-slow Ocean is just the agonizing tip of a glacially paced iceberg. Their second album, Pantheon of the Lesser, is pure stomach-rumbling misery, each cymbal crash seeming eternally distant from the other, the quartet slowly building monoliths of black-hued squall. Salome (featuring the new screecher for Agoraphobic Nosebleed) are the rare sludge band with no bass player, simply reveling in pure guitar tones and punishing pounding. With the Sabbathy stoner slime of Boston's Riff Cannon and local low-end theorists Batillus.
Sun., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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