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Castle, Vanishing Kids, Tubal Cain

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Tubal Cain.

Tubal Cain.

Formed a few years ago from the remains of excellent Madison metal outfit The Antiprism, the duo Tubal Cain have become one of the best heavy bands in town. They might fly below a lot of folks' radars, given their self-effacing nature and lack of interest in self-promotion—their 2016 album Black Eden is pretty much only available if you buy a cassette from them at a show. But drummer/vocalist Kristine Drake and guitarist/vocalist Alex Drake are quite focused when it comes to old-school black-metal songwriting and ferocious live performances. Hard-charging, unvarnished songs like "Dragonrite" and "Apostasy" thrive on filthily concise riffs, rhythm with just the right amount of ominous swing, and the vocal combination of Alex's baying growl and Kristine's raspy retch. They play here with Madison goth-rock standouts Vanishing Kids, who are at work on a new album, and Bay Area doom outfit Castle. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 13
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