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Northless, Aseethe, Sunless, Corridoré

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

Milwaukee four-piece Northless have a dynamic way of reconciling the lean and epic tendencies of heavy music, stretching elements of doom metal and noise-rock into grandly corrosive songs. The band's third album, the new Last Bastion Of Cowardice, is its most varied release yet, from the thrashing verses of "The Origin Of Flames" to the descending guitar melodies that cut through the choruses of "Godsend" to the eerie clean vocals at the beginning of "Our Place In The Dirt." Last Bastion uses the same bleak palette the band has been developing since 2007—Erik Steinglen's throat-scraping howl and lyrical fixation with humanity's destructive tendencies, Steinglen and Nicholas Elert's dense but flexible guitar work, Jerry Hauppa's guttural bass tone, John Gleisner's lumbering but sophisticated drum patterns—but carefully works new and surprising shades into each song. Sure, it's fair enough to lump Northless in with Neurosis and other intricate, ambitious metal bands, but they've also carved out a realm of crushing excellence on their own terms. —Scott Gordon

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