The only original member of Plano, Texas extreme-metal band Absu is vocalist/drummer Proscriptor McGovern (or Russley Randell Givens to the I.R.S.). Nevertheless, the bands self-titled release this year is arguably their best. By trading standard-issue, studded-leather death metal for slightly scarier studded-leather black metal (you know its scary, because in promo photos some members have actually put paint in their beards), McGovern has successfully resurrected his band and gained some much needed, paint-stained footing along the way. With Averse Sefira and Sothis.
Sun., June 21, 7 p.m., 2009
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.