September 29, at the Replay Lounge

Black Christmas 

September 29, at the Replay Lounge

Opening every show with a sample from what has to be one of those old-school Halloween sound-effects records — complete with hooting owls and other things creepy — Black Christmas knows how to set the mood. Yet the band members, having culled their interests in horror films and progressive rock, are looking beyond kitsch — the ever-expanding pedal boards of guitarists Dalin Horner and Mark Sanders reflect the band's infatuation with sound quality and effects. Looking more in Pink Floyd's direction than My Bloody Valentine's, most songs open gently but — with a flourish here, an arpeggio there — build toward cataclysmic, note-heavy frenzy.

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