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Ghost Bath, Tubal Cain, Red Museum

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Ghost Bath has been chiseling its way into the dense black-metal genre since 2012, eventually earning a distinct place in that ever-expanding cloak of darkness. In addition to stirring up some interest with a problematic origin story (the band initially passed itself off as Chinese, despite being from North Dakota, and the members still do not like to volunteer their names), Ghost Bath got their foot in the door with their second full-length release, Moonlover. The band's strength is in its atmospheric approach to the genre, although plenty of their contemporaries also produce dreamy-sounding albums that are also fueled by shrieking vocals and pounding blast beats. Ghost Bath's 2017 release, Starmourner, cements the band's sound and makes that blending of tendencies feel like second nature. "Elysian" is an especially triumphant track, combining elements of black-metal anthems with slamming post-rock slamming riffs that swirl into a hollow instrumental. The sheer release Ghost Bath achieves at moments like this help to make up for its oh-so-black-metal tendency to keep everything in the shadows. Madison black-metal duo Tubal Cain and local horror-infused synth project Red Museum will open up the show. —John McCracken

Earlier Event: September 25
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