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Vex, Shadows, Hansgraf 

When: Thu., Aug. 9, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $5

Vex is a quintet of heavy music polyglots from Austin, Texas. On their fine new second album, Memorious, they join the international fleet of bands who affix far-flung interests—symphonic structures, field recordings, thrash outbursts, atmospheric passages—above a core of black metal rigor. The record's seven-minute centerpiece, "Wasteland (...How Long Ago)," moves through all of those phases; still, it's best when stretches of deliberate chug presage archly victorious instrumental breaks. Think Agalloch with the ambition, but not yet the finesse. Shadows headline, while Wake Forest upstarts Hansgraf open. —Grayson Currin

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