Abigail Williams, Aether Realm, Wake of Redemption | Slim's Downtown | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Abigail Williams, Aether Realm, Wake of Redemption

When: Thu., Feb. 2, 9 p.m. 2012

A lot of casual listeners might have left last year thinking acts such as Liturgy or Wolves in the Throne Room were bold new Americans defiantly reshaping the sound of black metal. While it is true that those bands and dozens of peers have taken that old Scandinavian strain and transmogrified it endlessly, it's not true that they got there first. For better and mostly worse, California band Abigail Williams has been injecting black strains with things such as atmospheric texture, mid-tempo rock, piano and down-shifted half-doom for years. The thing is, they sound like a copy of a copy of some of the bands they've preceded, with a maladjusted sense of grandeur and very little regard or awareness of pacing. If Wolves in the Throne Room makes black metal to get lost in, Abigail Williams' latest, Becoming, is music to get lost to. They headline tonight, with Greenville's Æther Realm and Asheboro's Wake of Redemption opening. —Grayson Currin

Price: $8

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