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Aranya, Order of the Gash and Creature Guts


Club 21 (map) Northeast
Fri., Dec. 14, 9 p.m. 2012 21+

Eliza Sohn

With track titles like "Crom Ghund Walest I" and "Ostp Wird Laugh Fec," you might expect Aranya—the other band of Witch Mountain singer Uta Plotkin—to make metal of the doomiest, darkest, most medieval sort possible. And while there is a streak of black magic running straight through Farabequah, their new split 12-inch (Speed of Darkness helms the flipside), it's more than countered by the band's pastoral tendencies, which rein in a much tamer, but perhaps more exotic beast. "Grasp" sounds like a particularly stormy Fairport Convention (Sandy Denny era), while the Celtic-flavored "Wraith" has inter-looping guitar and fiddle lines that sprout into stoner riffing and a banshee wail from Plotkin. In between the three longer pieces are "ritual chants," a cappella pieces repeated in some arcane, possibly invented tongue. It's to Aranya's credit that their metal-tinged folk-prog never tips into the ridiculous, but remains adventurous, atmospheric, and powerful. NED LANNAMANN

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97232
Hours: Daily 11:30 am-2:30 am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 11:30 am-2:30 am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Fri., Dec. 14, 9 p.m. 2012
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