/ Hivesmasher / Black Table
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
- Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 12:00 AM CDT
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.
From Massachusetts, Hivesmasher represent "a giant middle finger waved in the world's general direction", in the band's own words. An all-out destructive force, rooted in grindcore but freely veering off into hardcore, death metal, or thrash at will, Hivesmasher proudly revel in a distinctly "New England" brand of bad vibes. Over hyper-rhythmic, fifth-gear bursts of aggression, frontman Aaron Heinold spits pure, hysterical disgust in humanity's eye.
We are a experimental metal band with members from New Jersey and New York.