Picture yourself stranded in a vast, icy patch of land. There’s very little light, and when the sun is out there is isn’t enough to keep you warm. At night you’re shrouded in fog and wolves howl in the near-distance. There’s another sound too, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. It may be human, but you’re not sure. The only thing you are sure of is they’re watching you, and they’re getting closer.
If there was a soundtrack to this sinister scenario, Arabrot would provide it. Arabrot, a two-piece, sometimes three-piece metal band, hail from the frozen-over tundras of Haugesund, Norway. Musically, they’re somewhere between the sludgy murk of the Melvins and the over-the-top evil histrionics of King Diamond. Thematically, they’re right at home in the circles of Dante’s Inferno and conducting magick with the beast-king Aleister Crowley.
Pinkish Black’s latest album, Razed to the Ground, is a 45-minute assault on all fronts. The duo – and you won’t believe it’s only two dudes – conjures up pummeling metal, horror-film atmospherics and galloping prog-rock, often in one song. Live they’re ungodly loud (trust me, it’s a good thing) and completely captivating. They’re not to be missed.
Holy Mountain is located at 617 E. 7th St. Doors open at 9 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Admission is $8, $11 day of the show. For more information, visit the Holy Mountain website.