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Druids, Corridoré, House Of Lud

  • The Wisco 852 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)


Madison black metal band Corridoré have the power of outsize ambition on their side. The group specializes in compulsively lengthy, post-rock influenced epics, interspersing bassist Eric Andraska's tortured screams, Matt Allen's relentlessly tremolo-picked guitar, and Drew Carlson's unforgiving blast beats with sections of softer, effects-soaked and surprisingly well-crafted moodiness. It's very easy to let delay and reverb do all the talking during a quiet and deliberately atmospheric passage, but the band seems to spend just as much time crafting these spacier parts as they do their riffs, and the contrast ends up highlighting both sides of the band. House Of Lud originally started as Madison guitarist/experimentalist Troy Peterson's one-man solo project in late 2015, but he started making some infrequent live appearances soon after getting bassist Justin Taylor and drummer Chris Norris to flesh it out into a full-on band. The hammering, down-tuned punch of the band's lumbering riffage slots right in line with well-done traditional doom metal, but the real attraction is Peterson's voice. He's a lot closer to the vicious wail of Today Is The Day's Steve Austin than to any would-be clone of Ozzy Osbourne or Scott Weinrich (thankfully), and his strangled, unhinged sneer adds far more edge and tension to the songs than the listener might otherwise expect; Taylor also contributes vocals in the band's live incarnation. Both locals open here for Iowa's self-described psychedelic sludge band Druids at The Wisco; the jury is out on whether the venue's newish, forcibly installed decibel meter will actually be put to use at this show, and we here at Tone Madison sincerely hope it is not. —Mike Noto

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