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Wartorn, No Hoax, Tubal Cain, Big Takeover (free)


  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Crust-blasted metal outfit Wartorn formed in Manitowoc in 2004, and eventually hooked up with renowned metal label Southern Lord, which released the band's 2013 album Iconic Nightmare. Songs like "No Sanctuary No Salvation" and "All Flags Still Burn" convey the band's bleak political fury, but also achieve a deft balance of lashing hardcore and dense, sludgy undertones. It's tough to be this heavy and this nimble at once, but Wartorn (whose drummer, Hart Alan Miller, lives in Madison and plays in other bands including Vanishing Kids) has a lock on it. They're planning to begin work on the follow-up to Iconic Nightmare later this year. They share this bill with two heavy Madison standouts, black-metal duo Tubal Cain and scorching punk band No Hoax. —Scott Gordon