A Night of Tar-Black Doom Metal at the Highline
by Brian Cook
on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM
(Highline) Anyone who can appreciate the connection between Dystopia's sludgy crust and Asunder's sprawling metal dirge (i.e., just about every single Highline regular) should be first in line for the Graves at Sea show. Even though this isn't Graves at Sea's first Seattle date since last year's resurrection after a four-year hiatus, tonight's lineup is still pretty much mandatory for fans of the grim and grimy. Atriarch garnered a decent amount of attention in the underground-metal world with last years' Ritual of Passing album, which blended the somber death rock of Rozz Williams–era Christian Death with payloads of cataclysmic blackened doom. Local duo Same-Sex Dictator round out the bill with their combination of Man Is the Bastard–style bass-driven violence with ethereal passages of synth and Fender Rhodes.