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Hot Victory, Helms Alee, Kowloon Walled City, The Body 

When: Fri., Dec. 7, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $7
Call it an insult, a cop out, or just plain lazy, but Weatherhead, Helms Alee's most recent effort, could be called indie metal. (Ugh, I'm sorry. Does it feel gross reading it, too?) It's heavy but hip, multi-influenced but untraceable. The first few tracks are loud and abrasive with rumbling bass, thumping Big Business-like drums, and red-in-the-face vocals. Weatherhead then quickly turns a sensitive corner and gets all shoegaze-y and psychedelic. The band weaves gentle, two-part harmonies and spaced-out guitars that make for good night driving. However, the psychedelics don't last long before they drop back into a fuzzed brain-smasher of a riff with vein-bulging screams. The whole thing feels very stream-of-consciousness. Helms Alee seems to take inspiration from anything and everything, at any given time, and runs with it. ARIS WALES

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