Industrial forbears CONTROLLED BLEEDING play their first Boston show in years this Saturday at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston. The group formed in the late ‘70s, and most consider them the first ever power electronics project from Boston despite relocating to New York a few years later. Saturday’s inspired lineup also features Xiphoid Dementia, Sharpwaist, Shame Michael Broderick, and Ghost Grass (Max Lord), four of the most important figures on the local scene and veterans in their own right.
Over the past decade, the Beatings’ ELDRIDGE RODRIGUEZ has been one of the more prolific and distinguished voices in Boston rock, releasing 10 studio albums (six with band, four solo) that range from deconstructionist pop to noisy post-punk. On his latest effort, You Are Released (Midriff Records), Rodriguez further channels his inner Scott Walker for an experimental romp through themes of isolation, nature, and mortality, enlisting Wheat and Sarah Borges to fill out the record’s myriad sounds, moods, and vibes.
Meet HOWL, a Providence quartet who seek to ruin your face with their particular brand of devastating metal insanity. To that end, they’ve gone and gotten signed to the venerable Relapse label and assembled Full of Hell — a nine-song guided tour through a world in chaotic decline. Take “Heavenless”: its charge of feral drums comes at you like the Four Horsemen, then the guitars rear up and the ground gives way as Vincent Hausman’s hoarse, ungodly roar narrates the collapse.
This doesn’t happen very often, so brace yourself for the biggest MP3 of the Week trifecta ever: PHANTOM GLUE’s “Phantom Glue” off Phantom Glue. As that unlikely trinity might suggest, this is the sound of a sludge-metal band in the throes of full stonerific self-realization. And it’s a brute-iful thing.