This show didn't make it into the paper, but you should know that tonight at Chop Suey, A Story of Rats will be celebrating the release of their new album, Vastness and the Inverse (Translinguistic Other), in a lavish gatefold vinyl edition, whose artwork was created by ASOR keyboardist/vocalist/electronics sorcerer Garek Jon Druss.
Vastness and the Inverse consists of two sidelong tracks: "Her Teeth Are Nil" and "Huldrefolk." The former is a desolate, beautifully forlorn gothic-folk dirge encompassing both industrial and pastoral textures. Drummer Andrew Crawshaw (Terminal Fuzz Terror, owner of Broken Press) wields some of the heaviest sticks in town, providing a domineering, processional rhythm to ASOR's glorious, descent to the inferno. To paraphrase Les Rallizes Dénudés, this piece is heavier than a death in the family. The latter summons forbidding drone whorls from the depths of a diabolical engine room. Around four minutes in, Crawshaw drops the 9-ton shithammer on his kit and proceeds to launch another methodical march of doom, with cymbal hits that out-splasssssshhhhhh John Bonham's. Druss' glacial organ hymnal and reverbed, distant howls carry an end-times gravitas that is very hellemental. (Blake Green's engineering and James Plotkin's mastering are superb, by the way.)
The Vastness LP comes with a digital download of a remix of "Her Teeth Are Nil" by Author & Punisher, which is at once crushingly claustrophobic and morbidly grandiose—even in 0s and 1s.
Also on the bill at Chop Suey are Great Falls, Hekate, and Midday Veil. The latter's much-anticipated second album, The Current, will be coming out in May on Translinguistic Other, and will be discussed in some depth by this blogger in the near future. Midday Veil embark on a circuitous national tour throughout March and April, which includes stops at SXSW, 35 Denton, and LA Psych Fest.