Over the past four years or so, Bison B.C. have found an unusual balance between the chunky, plodding depression of stoner metal and the swift urgency of hardcore. On each of the slow burners on their latest record, Dark Ages, they unravel beefy riffs that are as dirty and unkempt as the band member themselves. To boot, vocalist-guitarist Dan And wields a raspy snarl that owes a debt to Black Flagera Henry Rollins and sludge-metal icons Eyehategod alike. Cut from the same marble as bands like High on Fire and Mastodon, this group of Canadians bests both of those bands in songwriting and bloodthirstiness.
Thu., June 17, 9 p.m., 2010