Sunday, November 24, 2013

BLOODYMINDED with Corrections House 11/30
Calling something a “supergroup” is asking for trouble. All too often such bands end up less Cream and more Asia—you can even have a guy from Nirvana onstage with a guy from Led Zeppelin and still be disappointed. But Corrections House, an experimental industrial project launched late last year, seems to have chosen its lineup for maximum heaviness, not maximum marquee value. Eyehategod front man Mike IX Williams and Neurosis vocalist-guitarist Scott Kelly hold down the front line, supported by Chicago-based engineer Sanford Parker on programming and Bloodiest/Yakuza vocalist Bruce Lamont on saxophone and effects. The brand-new Last City Zero (Neurot) is as brilliant and intense as you’d expect, given the personnel involved: Parker’s Godflesh-flavored mechanical beats propel massive, dramatic guitar riffs and Williams’s damaged shrieks through Lamont’s bleak soundscapes. Here and there the band demonstrates a flair for dynamic contrasts: the title track is pensive spoken word from Williams, while “Run Through the Night” is a spaghetti-western acoustic track, with Kelly’s bellowing vocals filled out by triumphant saxophone wails. But Corrections House are at their finest when they go full Wax Trax!—I love the insanely heavy gallop of “Bullets and Graves” and the earth-rattling assembly-line gnashing of “Dirt Poor and Mentally Ill.” Tonight’s show is a release party for Last City Zero. —Luca Cimarusti Bloodyminded and DJ Scary Lady Sarah open.