/ Zaius / Without Waves
Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 8:00 PM CST
- Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 11:55 PM CST
Ultra Lounge, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
VATTNET VISKAR (Century Media Records)
Of late, black metal in the United States-- however excellent it might have been-- has often hinged on headlines and talking points. But Vattnet Viskar has no manifesto with which to proselytize, no extreme ideology or infamy over which to bicker, and no yarn about life on the ol' Cascadian farm with which to allure. Sure, to an extent, they're vegan environmentalists from Plaistow, New Hampshire, a town so seemingly quaint that its official history includes a proud section about something called "The Deodorized Order of the Skunk" and another about how local Girl Scouts have "helped shape the moral and civic sensibilities of Plaistow girls for many decades." Aside from some surprisingly wide-eyed lyrics that explore general themes of existential nihilism and a desire to tear down antiquated systems and build anew, none of those concerns really become a factor here. Vattnet Viskar is simply a strong start from a band that has tapped into the current transmogrification of black metal and proclaimed-- quickly, restlessly, and enthusiastically-- that it has something to say about the process.
Zaius is an up-and-coming post-metal band formed in Chicago. Their strictly instrumental sound is a unique blend of dynamic melodies, aggressive riffs and layered guitar work. Download their debut EP "All Your Friends are Dead" at zaius.bandcamp.com.
WITHOUT WAVES -
Musically, Without Waves is meant to be the product of a musical experimentation between its four members. Blending influences from extreme metal to jazz fusion to electronic & atmospheric rock, the band seeks to constantly challenge themselves and advance their creativity.