Texan psych-rockers The Black Angels live in a perpetual state of menace: their music overflows with threatening drone sounds, topped by haunting melodies halfway between Maynard James Keenan and the mighty David Eugene Edwards. The band’s new album – the fairly suitably named ‘Death Song’ – mines the dark side of rock ‘n roll, exploiting the best of the oeuvre from T-Rex to Swans, all for their diabolic ends: something like a heavily reverb-laden, less playful version of Ty Segall’s excellent ‘Manipulator’. The dark, labyrinthine blues of the new record – the band’s fifth album to date – present a group operating at the height of their powers, consolidating their sound into a focused, lethal sheen: otherworldly, mystical, in thrall to the 70s, and a mighty force to be reckoned with. Expect a considerable eardrum-pummelling.
Tue 26 Sep, 7.30pm at O2 Institute, 78 Digbeth High Street Birmingham B5 6DY £18.75 seetickets.com
Published on: Mon 14 Aug 2017