Six Organs of Admittance

Friday, February 15

Folks seem to be split on Shelter From the Ash, the latest Six Organs of Admittance record from Ben Chasny. Some feel it’s rushed and thin compared to previous Six Organs records. Others feel it fits quite nicely with the rest of Chasny’s oeuvre. Personally, I don’t find myself listening to it nearly as much as Dark Noontide, School of the Flower, or Dust & Chimes. I like my Six Organs to sound like Chasny’s been meditating in the Northern California woods during a rainstorm. With Ash, however, his normally Far Eastern guitar tones have been pushed aside in favor of electric riffs à la ’80s British metal. Thematically, the songs tell the story of a land ravaged by ominous force suggesting both the Iraq war and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. All well and good—I just prefer my Six Organs to be a little less topical and lot more escapist. With Climax Golden Twins and I’m a Gun. BRIAN J. BARR

Fri., Feb. 15, 10 p.m., 2008

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