Inspired sonic juxtapositions and an interest in Jewish roots music beyond klezmer link Deveykus, Les Rhinocéros, and Pitom, three remarkably diverse bands who’ve found a home on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Philadelphia quintet Deveykus’s astonishing new Pillar Without Mercy is a heavy metal album in both senses of the term. On it, bandleader Dan Blacksberg blends massed horns and doom-laden electric guitars to evoke a spiritual “cleaving” of secular and sacred forms, with transcendent results. Balancing Deveykus’s darkness with nimble wit, the second album by Washington, D.C., power trio Les Rhinocéros revives the ADHD jump-cut aesthetic of Zorn’s late-’80s downtown supergroup Naked City. And Yoshie Fruchter’s Pitom quartet evokes Frank Zappa and the Mahavishnu orchestra with wild violin-guitar excursions that explore notions of blasphemy, atonement, and surf-freylekh... More >>>