Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kylesa to tear us a new one

BrooklynVegan and 1000Knives present:
Kylesa, Rosetta, Fight Amp, East of the Wall
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
7:00 PM 18+


A Georgian quintet that has for ten years avoided the petty subcategorization that plagues metal, Kylesa deviously vex their listeners by juxtaposing the disturbing with the exhilarating. Percussion primarily drives their instrumentation, with two full kits simultaneously pummeling away, as the strings shift between chunky riffs, lurching death marches, and walls of sound. Fans of southern metal, 90's alternative, classic psychedelia, and post-hardcore will easily find something to love here, as acknowledged by Spin which has nominated them for "Best Metal Band" of 2010. PopMatters raved of their latest record Spiral Shadow, "These perennial up-and-comers are now operating at an elite level. Welcome to the upper tier of American metal, kids."Pitchfork readers voted the record the #1 metal effort of 2010.

While most post-hardcore groups put an emphasis on the "post" aspect of their sound, Rosetta retains a rawness and grit that should endear them to punks and deter pussies. They make healthy use of spaced-out arpeggiations without getting syrupy, and an unrelentingly growling vocal melts over the groove without sounding mismatched.

Blackwood, New Jersey's Fight Amp provides an irreverent punk take on the grooves pioneered by Southern groups like Crowbar and Corrosion of Conformity. Pitchfork gave some shine to their 2008 release Hungry for Nothing, saying "This is no mere garage punk; this is a finely tuned assault with booming, modern production. It's not 'dope, guns, and fucking in the streets,' but it's pretty fucking dope."

The progressive odes by East Of The Wall are a whirlwind of styles centered around brutal odd-time metal. The New Jersey group makes use of sharp juxtaposition as well as smooth transitions and style synthesis, producing a mesmerizingly bizarre experience that rivals any leader in the field of math m

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