Wrekmeister Harmonies + Xasthur

Wrekmeister Harmonies + Xasthur

Johanna Warren

Sun, May 21, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$13 ADV $15 DOS

This event is 18 and over

Wrekmeister Harmonies
Wrekmeister Harmonies
The shape-shifting drone, modern classical, outrock and extreme metal collective, led by the enigmatic and visionary musician JR Robinson, came into chaotic life in 2006 with the modus operandi of performing and recording long pieces in museums, mausoleums and other impressive public spaces. Over three inimitable albums, released at a feverish pace (You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me, 2013; Then It All Came Down, 2014; Night of Your Ascension, 2015) JR proved himself to be a master collaborator - curating and orchestrating the talents of such varied underground luminaries as Jef Whitehead of Leviathan; Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten; David Yow of The Jesus Lizard; Chip King and Lee Buford of The Body; Marissa Nadler; Sanford Parker of Minsk; the free-improv cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm; Chris Brokaw of Codeine; and jazz composer Ken Vandermark.

Following the critical success of last year’s Night Of Your Ascension, which featured no less than 30 musicians, JR felt it was time to seek out new methods, processes and creative strategies. Focusing his energies on a smaller collective.

Wrekmeister Harmonies is performing with the core members JR (vocals, guitar) and Esther Shaw (keyboards, piano, violin, vocals) in 2017.
Xasthur
Xasthur
Xasthur is a band that thrives on taking risks. From its early days of bleak and disturbing black metal up until the confrontational and dark acoustic folk blues music of today, it has always been a musical project that has been keeping people guessing.

Xasthur started in 1996 through Scott Conner's desire to express the negativity in life to listeners. Over the span of a decade, he released 8 albums and dozens of other releases through labels like Hydra Head Records. After putting the band to rest in 2010, Scott decided to change his musical style from black metal to acoustic folk and blues music and went on to start Nocturnal Poisoning. After a few years, Scott revived the Xasthur name in May of 2015 and now has a full band that comprises of vocalist and second guitarist Christopher Hernandez and bassist Rachel. This new reinvention of the band plays in the same vein of the style that was established with Nocturnal Poisoning.

Xasthur's music today can be described as a fingerpicked barrage of notes with varying moods and tempos. From the faster songs that paint pictures of urban desperation to the slower songs that mold into moments of solitude and depression, Xasthur is a band that keeps audiences locked into a dreary state of mind that will not let go until long after the music has stopped playing. With songs that confront drug abusers, homelessness, and the misery of city life, Xasthur's music reminds us that the real nightmares are the ones we experience in everyday life.
Johanna Warren
Johanna Warren
Johanna Warren writes heart-stoppingly beautiful songs in weird time signatures and open tunings. Her unique and adept finger-picking is interwoven with effortless vocal acrobatics and masterfully crafted poetry. Her debut album "Fates" (Proliferate 2013) is a collection of nine songs, entirely acoustic yet lush with eery ambience, recorded in a spooky attic in Hudson, NY.
Venue Information:
Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
http://themetrogallery.net/