Thursday, January 23, 2014

Friday To-Do: Rwake

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

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RWAKE
8 p.m., Revolution. $8.

North Little Rock doom metal stalwarts Rwake got their band name when frontman Chris Terry tried pronouncing the word "wake" (their former name, back in their late-'90s early days) on drugs. "It was like primordial man," as Terry told the Times of the renaming back in 2010, and it's hard to imagine a better way to sum up their sound, which is all mind-bending dirges and gothic, blood-and-thunder theatrics.

Their last full-length was 2011's well-received "Rest," though last year saw the release of their concert movie head-trip, "A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door" (a name they nabbed from Thomas Wolfe, also probably while on drugs). Their music mostly pulverizes; it hurts, though "Rest" is punctuated by moments of menacing serenity and subtlety. It's a brand of bleak, Deep South masochism that you either intuitively understand or you don't. Those of you that do should come to Revolution Friday night, where Rwake will headline alongside a solid collection of local thrash and stoner metal acts, including Sumokem and Enchiridion.

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