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Black Table, Hexis, Bereft, The Central

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Black Table.

Black Table.

The Central is a Madison-based grind/math/progressive-metal outfit that somehow makes a lot of noise with only two people. The band's first full-length, 2016's Discovery Of A Rat, is a harrowing display of melody and nightmare. Their fellow Madisonians Bereft make blackened doom metal, and laid low for a couple of years while writing and recording their most exciting record to date, this year's Lands. The album's long and expansive tracks give doom new life and a new taste for blood. These two local heavy standouts alone make this show worthwhile, but they'll be sharing the bill with a couple intriguing touring acts. Hexis comes all the way from Copenhagen. Their new release, Tando Ashanti, blends droning guitars and black metal with bludgeoning vocals. New Yorkers Black Table are an experimental black metal band touring behind their 2016 album Obelisk. The album dwells in a realm of drone and fuzz, but with plenty of melody cutting through the noise. Obelisk features some truly radiant tracks, including "Homo Ergaster" and "Helm," but also shows off Black Table's ability to pick up the pace and dive head first into darkness on tracks like "Obtuse." Black Table are a force to be reckoned with in the experimental black metal scene, and Obelisk represents an exciting evolution for the band. —John McCracken

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