Concert preview: New Zealand metal Ulcerate darker than an eclipse on the pulverizing Vermis

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From the May 15, 2014 edition

The New Zealand-based death metal band’s press photos look like they were taken amid a power-outage — a reflection of its eclipse-inducing music, which tends to be as thick and black as a prehistoric tar pit.

Ulcerate’s fourth album, Vermis, which surfaced on Relapse Records last fall, continues this trend, marrying the musicians’ technical prowess (drummer Jamie Saint Merat, for one, plays with a precision that would be the envy of Swiss watch makers) to an array of marauding tunes that have dried blood beneath the nails.

Locusta and Inter Arma open the show.

Photo courtesy of Ulcerate