Posted in metal | music | pictures on October 4, 2011

by BBG

Dolorvotre

The number one question from last night?

"Who is this playing?"

It may be hard to believe that anyone would go to a show without knowing who was on stage, but that was the case last night at Acheron where four bands from the Black Twilight Circle collective played (Dolorvotre, Kallathon, Shataan, Kuxan Suum) in addition to local greats Mutilation Rites.

To clarify, Black Twilight Circle is West Coast collective of bands that all deal in the dark arts, namely the different faces of black metal. The crew rose to prominence with material by Volahn and Ashdautas, whose members spun off other bands in the following years. One of the most fascinating aspects is that the BTC have kept it in the family, with the number of bands in the stable topping the number of members in the collective; individual members rotate from instrument to instrument depending on the band. This was the case on Monday night. Volahn is the single constant.

The most compelling material of the night though was fronted by Volahn, the soft-spoken and omni-present center of BTC. His vocals were the focus of both the opener Kuxan Suum and the closer Dolorvotre, the latter of which yielded a two guitar attack and were the tightest and most impressive band of the crew. The remainder of the touring bill featured Volahn either on drums (Kallathon, who were plagued with technical difficulty) or on bass (as part of Shataan), with the latter kicking off their almost-garage influenced set with a flute and a demand for "utter silence for this ritual".

Sandwiched in between sets by Kuxan Suum/Shataan and Kallathon/Dolorvotre were the great Mutilation Rites, whose thrash-y black metal power was a welcome break from the overwhelmingly-primitive black metal that was the focus of the evening. Not to say that Mutilation Rites are some glossy metal machine; this Brooklyn band shows their crusty roots but makes sure to keep it tight and well-oiled. Mutilation Rites is definitely a band to watch.

Missed it? The Black Twilight Circle will descend on The Charleston on 10/7 with the awesome Raspberry Bulbs in tow. You can also catch them that day on WFMU. More pictures from Acheron last night are below...

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Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Kuxan Suum

Shataan

Shataan

Shataan

Shataan

Shataan

Shataan

Shataan

Shataan

Shataan

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Mutilation Rites

Kallathon

Kallathon

Kallathon

Kallathon

Kallathon

Kallathon

Kallathon

Kallathon

Dolorvotre

Dolorvotre

Dolorvotre

Dolorvotre

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Comments (25)

Oh Yeah! Macho Man playin' the black metal!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:42 PM

Hamburgler

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:56 PM

LOLZ! cant wait for the comments on this one! make em good people! i personally love BTC bands but man, BV, you got to GOT to know how funny this shit looks to outsiders. and it does look funny! nice pics regardless.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:13 PM

IS IT OKAY IF I SOMETIMES IRON MY CLOTHES - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:19 PM

Fat Zoro

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:22 PM

So... are they actually going to play the same acts again and not rotate through the other four they listed on their blog?

Arizmenda (replacing the defunct Ashdautas)/Volahn/The Haunting Presence/Blue Hummingbird on the Left?

Because Arizmenda is the best BTC band.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:01 PM

^ For the 10/7 date at the Charleston, I mean.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:01 PM

Jethro TullO)))))))

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:07 PM

These boys filled up my dog's anus with pure evil sperm.

Posted by watchthatwatcher | October 4, 2011 3:33 PM

3:01 - the lineup I saw for Friday is the same as last night minus Mutilation Rites and + Raspberry Bulbs

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:13 PM

i like hairy dudes with tattoos

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:35 PM

different lineup entirely, getting details now

Posted by BBG | October 4, 2011 5:22 PM

I can smell the body odor and weed

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 6:45 PM

different lineup entirely, getting details now
Posted by BBG | October 4, 2011 5:22 PM

Hopefully Volahn and/or Arizmenda play.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 7:36 PM

once again, brooklyn makes l.a. look like a joke! mutilation rites killed it while the other bands were having what seemed like a drunken band practice

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 7:39 PM

Mutilation rites are hipsters. They know but they will lie to you

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 8:58 PM

George is the only Hipster in Mutilation Rites

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 9:48 PM

nobody posting comments on brooklyn vegan is clear of the hipster woods, let's see some creativity in the insults people. honestly

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 9:49 PM

Lol at 7:39 for thinking Mutilation Rites is better than the BTC.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 9:56 PM

good show. yes there was a metric fuck ton of swarmy hipsters in attendance (lots of dudes wearing scarves, that shit needs to stop) but the music was a-okay.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:00 PM

music was awful save for MR

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:48 PM

Fat Zoro.

hard to beat that one... I lol'd

Posted by Jaken | October 4, 2011 11:59 PM

Mutilation Rites were easily the highlight of the evening, first 'act' was really good, second was ok, and the last was just awful.

Still happy I was there, good to see people following Fred and supporting his shows.

Fuck me, Mutilation Rites though - did they just get waaay fucking heavier than just a few weeks ago when opening for Wolves In The Throne Room @ DBA?

Man, these guys are gooood!

Keep it up!!! Definitely will not miss them again...right now the best band in Bklyn with Krallice and Catevet...thoughts?!

Posted by Stefan | October 5, 2011 12:50 AM

@12:50 .....thoughts? Is there such a thing on BV? UH oHHHHHHHH.....HERE ONE COMES!! !!! uggggHHHHHHHHHHHH.....guhhh...*herp*....THE S P I N*D O C T O R S wouldn't approve!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 11:15 AM

"the other bands were having what seemed like a drunken band practice"

Thank you for writing this. Its funny, cause its true.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 1:51 AM

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