Thursday, July 4, 2013

Friday To-Do: Minsk

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Minsk performs at Downtown Music Hall Friday.
  • Minsk performs at Downtown Music Hall Friday.

MINSK
8 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $5.

Dudes, this one is gonna be especially, epically ragin': Hailing from Peoria, Ill., the psychonautical metallurgists known collectively as Minsk have returned.

Apparently, the band, formed more than a decade ago, was on a sort of hiatus for a couple of years there. But that is over, and fans can rest easy in the knowledge that another key group of explorers has decided to continue voyaging into realms of cerebral heaviness. The band just released its most recent album, 2009's "With Echoes in the Movement of Stone," on a swank double LP, and apparently work on a follow-up album is under way.

"With Echoes" is an ambitious, sprawling work of psychedelic metal that combines numerous elements to create an imposing sound: the pounding percussion and stoicism of Neurosis; the deep-space psych-churn of Hawkwind (to whom Minsk paid tribute on 2010's "Hawkwind Triad"); the Sturm und Drang und clang of such industrial pioneers as Missing Foundation or maybe early Swans.

Also performing: The Sound of the Mountain, Mainland Divide and Enchiridion.

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