(photo by Tara Spence)
The Bay Area is obviously a thrash mecca, but the nebulous art-metal influence of Neurosis looms just as large. It certainly struck a chord with poetically monikered Oakland duo Lament Cityscape. Whipping up a mid-paced industrial/doom miasma in the vein of Neurosis, Swans and Ministry, Mike McClatchey and Sean McCullough have plenty of six-minute-plus epics to display on The Torn (due September 4 on Battleground; preorder here). Check out the unrelentingly dour second track,"Turn Inward."