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Photo Gallery / Gig Review: ASH BORER w/ Finite, Harrow, and The Nausea at The Media Club, 20 January 2017

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Our coverage of black metal in 2017 begins at a time that will undoubtedly be remembered as a dark, dark day for our neighbours to the south – the inauguration of the new American president – and what better way to commemorate it than with the bleak shrieks and desolate wails of black metal in midwinter?

A few dates into its current west coast tour, California-based Ash Borer delivered a post-midnight orison of anguish and despair which, on this night, effectively echoed global sentiment towards the new American administration; preceded by local supporting acts Finite (debuting several songs from new EP, “The Rancid Waters of Existence”), Harrow (whose distinctly Cascadian black metal is always a highlight for this reviewer), and the hypnotic, funereal noise-and-strings instrumentals of The Nausea.

While we were impressed by Vancouver’s show of solidarity with the plight of American women during the weekend’s subsequent demonstration, Friday’s show provided a memorably dark, cathartic counterpoint to the restless atmosphere of political tension and the strained optimism of resistance.

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