BLACK HEARTS

Celestia leave their lair in France for their first U.S. show

Metal columnist Brandon Stosuy has been wrangling some unique metal shows as of late, dragging some very exclusive sulk-'n'-shred into Public Assembly's dungeon-like back room. He's topped himself this time, collaborating with Prurient's Dominick Fernow to bring French black-metal band Celestia, who are not only playing their first American show in the band's 14-year history, but pretty much their only American show, as their "tour" currently has one date. Celestia's decidedly Euro two-man churn is far more amorous than brutal: a mix of heartworn chug, 4AD-styled Cocteau Twinge, ghostly moans, and tenderly plucked acoustic guitars straight from the dewy brush and suffocating mists of the shire. The two openers play it all a little more disgusting. The Bay Area's Bone Awl—who also rarely show up in New York—are famed for dragging a blood-soaked corpse across the line between American black metal and American art-noise, sounding similar to a cassette-damaged amorphous blob, like Darkthrone produced by Wolf Eyes. Locals Agrath have a more traditional corpse-painted misanthropic growl-and-grind for all you purists.
Sun., Oct. 25, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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