Nunslaughter’s recording history, which began back in 1987, underscores a dramatic change in music and how it’s disseminated today. Working and self-releasing tapes for thirteen years resulted in the opportunity for the Pittsburgh band to issue a proper debut full-length back in 2000. Over the decade-plus the band was touring, it was able to build a sizable following, in part as a result of persistence, but also the ability to assimilate a range of metal’s influence into every Nunslaughter release. Tagged as death metal, songs like “Cataclysm” reveal the ensemble’s sturdy interest in eighties-styled thrash and some of punk’s more extreme tropes. Of course, writing something like a hundred songs about death, the devil and hell is bound to have a built-in audience. That field of listeners, hopefully, possesses the same sort of wide ranging sonic appreciation given the three bands sharing the Beat Kitchen’s stage on Saturday the ninth. Acid Witch comes off as a band not unfamiliar with the stoner side of metal, but with the most gruff and grossly grunted vocals set to tape. The band has the ability to get heavy, but offerings like “Stoned to the Grave,” from last year’s aptly titled “Stoned,” point to influences of the leafy variety as much as industrial towns like Birmingham, UK. Chicago’s Bones are set to offer up an understanding of the genre hedging towards the more brutal side of things, while newly minted Champaign natives, Absconder, open the show with its visceral back and forth between plodding tempos and extraordinary pacings. These aren’t the biggest names in metal, of any variety, but with so many variations on the music’s far reaching subgenres, just about anyone engaged with wearing all black should hear something to their liking. Or disgust. (Dave Cantor)
July 9 at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont, (773)281-4444. 8pm. $15.