If you didn’t make it out to the last Atlanta Music Roundtable showcase, you missed some undoubtedly great performances from the Electric Nature and Lucy Dreams. But most of all you missed out on Nigredo pushing the envelope and taking their live show to another level. Instead of cluttering the stage with equipment and personnel, the Atlanta six-piece spread themselves across the back of the Earl, occupying not only the stage, but also the entire right corner next to the soundboard.
In addition to their unusual takeover of the venue, the band also played their atmospheric brand of progressive post-metal behind a wall of white sheets with red and white lights serving to cast shadows for the audience. It wasn’t always visually effective (I believe the intention was for both sides to play their shadows against one another, but the lighting didn’t really allow for that level of interaction), but the moments when it all came together were stunning, and the group’s performance was as powerful and focused as I’ve seen from them. Unfortunately, the combination of the obscure shadows and the darkness of the Earl made shooting the screens difficult, so for the sake of this video I took advantage of some gaps in the curtains to capture the band. Still, I think you’ll get the gist.
Nigredo will perform this Saturday night, April 7, at 529 in support of IRREVERSIBLE and Order of the Owl. Brother Hawk opens the show. Doors open at 9pm. $8 gets you in.