When the Austin sludge-metal quartet debuted in 2012, it sounded as though the musicians were trying to blot out the sun. The band's songs arrived steeped in allusions to serial killers, the underworld and death (note album tracks with morbid titles like "Greet Death" and "Coffin Hunter"). "There's no way out," they howled amid the album's murky opening cut, coming across like lost souls being forcefully pulled beneath the earth.

When the Austin sludge-metal quartet debuted in 2012, it sounded as though the musicians were trying to blot out the sun. The band’s songs arrived steeped in allusions to serial killers, the underworld and death (note album tracks with morbid titles like “Greet Death” and “Coffin Hunter”). “There’s no way out,” they howled amid the album’s murky opening cut, coming across like lost souls being forcefully pulled beneath the earth.

Destroyer’s latest, Bizarre Tales Vol. 2, in contrast, takes inspiration from all manner of fantastical elements, including zombies, UFOs, and witches, a more imaginative approach that bleeds over into the brighter musical palette.

War Elephant, Witch Nipple and Simeon Soul Charger also perform.

Photo courtesy of Destroyer of Light