Aseethe & Bereft

Kickstand Productions Presents!

Aseethe & Bereft

Sough, Snow Burial

Sun, April 2, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Downstairs

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 17 and over

Aseethe
Aseethe
Aseethe’s unrelenting slow-doom is often compared to drone music because of its core repetitions. This distinctly non-metal approach combined with harsh vocals and unusual samples gives Aseethe a unique voice among metal’s boundary pushers. On Hopes of Failure, the Iowa band’s primary influences of doom and drone share a similar ethos, but rarely do they converge with as much restraint, and patience, drawing on inventive sound sources and distorted, just enough, to add some sludge. Aseethe is the direction that heavy music is moving in.

Aseethe guitarist/vocalist Brian Barr initially started Aseethe as a solo project to explore a more doom-oriented sound. Barr was soon joined by Eric Diercks on drums and samples, who brought to the project a love of new music and ability to provide rhythmic complexity to Aseethe’s steady, dark march. The current trio was formed when Brian’s brother Danny Barr joined on bass and vocals.

Aseethe’s self-released albums, with the exception of their 12” limited edition of Barn Owl covers (only 100 copies made) that extracted a Barn Owl riff into a side-long piece, have been largely noise-influenced soundscapes. Hopes of Failure strips away much of those elements into the bare essentials focused on methodical, and crushing music by devoting all attention to creating mammoth-sized riffs. The meditative component of Aseethe’s sound remains driven by an inward focus, a stare down the caverns of depression. Lyrically Brian and Danny contemplate the steady, exponential decay of modern society. The juxtaposition of these reflections are best articulated in closing track “Into the Sun,” which also features the rare appearance of melodic vocals:

“Reach further for hopes of failure
Your body is breaking down
Build further the bridge we need”

Since the band’s inception, Aseethe has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a heavy band. Their pummeling and extended pieces are as enveloping as a drive through the Iowa cornfields of their home. Their drone influence and the dark lenses through which they view the world are a confluence of ingredients that are at once deliberate, devastating and exhilarating.

Aseethe, while up to now a secret to the larger music world, has long been a favorite of inventive heavy artists. They have played regionally with Yob, Converge, The Body, SUMAC, Thou, Horseback, Inter Arma, to name a few. Aseethe will be playing select dates with Hell and touring with Fister. They will have a super limited edition (100) of Hopes of Failure on cassette, and will be playing the Midnight Communion festival.
Bereft
Bereft
Madison, Wisconsin's Bereft began in the summer of 2011 in as an idea formulated by guitarist/vocalist Zach Johnson, and guitarist Alex Linden. The two wanted to start a project that encompassed their views on religion, politics, social injustice, and the human condition. Drawing from elements of black metal, post-metal, doom, and other forms of ambient music; they released their first demo in November of 2013. Rounding out the lineup with Neil Weiss, and Cade Gentry, Bereft plans on playing regionally and recording their first album in the winter of 2014, which will be available on vinyl in the spring of the same year.
Snow Burial
Snow Burial
Snow Burial is a hard-hitting and dynamic metal-infused experimental rock trio from Chicago. By combining elements of several different rock and metal genres, they dedicate themselves to crafting aggressive, emotive and technical music.

Shortly after forming in late 2012 at a Shiner reunion show at Chicago's Bottom Lounge, Snow Burial self-released their inaugural e.p Oxblood Siren. Snow Burial then quickly jumped into the local Chicago music scene sharing bills with bands like War Brides, The Swan King and An Aesthetic Anaesthetic. Last winter Snow Burial recorded and self released their second e.p. Oxblood Tides. In the summer of 2014 they went on tour with The Gorge from St Louis and continue to rock the midwest scene.

Snow Burial is: Ben (guitar, vocals), Brandon (drums, vocals) and Andrew (bass, vocals).
Venue Information:
Downstairs
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647