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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tonight in Music: Stay Calm, Kommandant

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) The vaulted pop architecture that Stay Calm constructs is spacious, bright, and full of breathing room, but with a firm bedrock of sturdy rhythms and adventurous noise-excavating. The Portland three-piece's exciting sounds are built from the ground up, with sonic exploration being the foundation and pop sparkle in the details. NED LANNAMANN

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Only one week until Christmas!! What better way to celebrate the advent of the lord's b-day than by seeing some blaspheming metal fit for Halloween? The blackened thrash of local ghouls Cemetery Lust will have you decking the halls with upside-down crosses, leather, and spikes. Five long-haired, sweaty dudes churning out tunes about digging up graves and defiling their contents? They're the perfect gift for baby Jesus! The other treat of the evening is Chicago's Kommandant. The band plays tight, militaristic black metal while donned in gay apparel (i.e., black uniforms, crossbelts, and gas masks). As the band stands rigid, vocalist Marcus Matthew Kolar growls from behind a podium, gesturing like a mad dictator. Aesthetically intimidating and aurally devastating, Kommandant will have you dreaming of a Black Christmas instead. ARIS WALES


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