Rwake, top, and Pallbearer play Saturday night at Revolution.
RWAKE, PALLBEARER 9 p.m. Revolution. $7-$9.
At the risk of repeating myself, I've got to ask this question: Why are there so many great metal bands from Arkansas? I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm very, very happy about this fact and I've got more state pride than a county fair's worth of good ol' boys hopped up on Mini-Thins, Mountain Dew and Skoal.
But it's still remarkable that a state this small has birthed, to name a handful just off the top of my head: Deadbird, Vore, Iron Tongue, Seahag, Snakedriver, Rwake and Pallbearer. The latter two are headlining this show. Rwake's "Rest," from last year, is an apocalyptic metal masterpiece, a mix of post-Neurosis bleakness and Southern sludge, with a core of contemplative psychedelic guitar wizardry. Rwake recently played the Maryland Deathfest, one of the biggest metal fests in the world (and check this out — crazy!).
Pallbearer's debut, "Sorrow and Extinction," has gotten critical raves for its haunting, innovative doom metal, and the band has played several high-profile shows since its release, including recent gigs in New York and a Scion A/V showcase in L.A. back in April. I've got to cop to having not seen Rwake play live in several years, and I've never seen Pallbearer, so I'm way excited about this show, as are many other folks, no doubt.
Also playing this 18-and-older show are the local young thrashers Severe Headwound and the classic hardcore revivalists R.I.O.T.S., so all ya'll remember to show up on time, it's gonna be a major rager.
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Here's the great new video from Little Rock doom metal troupe Pallbearer, a 10 minute long plot-less short film backed by their epic "Watcher in the Dark" directed by Little Rock native Adam Heathcott (now based in Portland). It's a kind of solemn, desert-oracle kaleidoscope, with shades of Jodorowsky and "Zabriskie Point" that finally descend into pure foggy visual abstraction /more/
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Relapse Records has provided the important public service of reissuing the debut album (or demo), "Xenoglossalgia (The Last Stage of Awareness),” by seminal North Little Rock doom metal band Rwake, originally released 25 years ago. A collage of demonic energy, pitch black emotional turmoil, spacey samples and genre-evading twists and turns (Popol Vuh synths, folk-rock interludes), the record is unpredictable and heavy and unforgettable. /more/
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Olympia, Washington record lable 20 Buck Spin has announced the vinyl-only release of Pallbearer's "Demos," previously only available on limited edition CD-R and cassette, on December 9. The demos date back to 2010, before the Little Rock doom metal group's now-classic debut, "Sorrow and Extinction." /more/
I try to listen to music constantly. I don't listen to as much creepingly heavy metal as one would think, and when I do it's an entire album at a time instead of mixed up. Any mixtape I make usually has Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin on it. I also LOVE soft rock hits. I have entire comps put together of this stuff, I can't make a comp without some. /more/
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
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