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The great promise of US black metal lied in giving the genre a personal, autobiographical intimacy that the Norwegian style hinted at but never landed on. Sure, Varg Vikernes made a band by himself about his own personal interests, but the style’s great singer-songwriters are people like Scott “Malefic” Connors of Xasthur and Neill “Imperial” Jameson of Krieg. The isolating depression they explored was their own, though it came dressed in blurry black and white photos.

Zachary Kerr only screams in Louisville’s Anagnorisis, but on their upcoming album Perpeteia, the band tells his story. Snippets of audio recordings from Kerr’s childhood pepper these songs and hint at an unhappy domestic life. Combined with the band’s sometimes rough and tumble riffs, not to mention prolonged song lengths, these tape snippets evoke Shining’s masterful V: Hamlstad album, but the knowledge that these samples don’t come from a film give the story the weight of reality. To wit: “5306 Morningside”, the title of the song the band premiered at Decibel? That’s Kerr’s childhood address.

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Perpeteia is out on 10/21 via Vendetta records. Follow Anagnorisis on Facebook.

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Invisible Oranges is sponsoring Anagnorisis on their touring with Cryptic Hymn. Here are the dates.

11/3 Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
11/4 Nashville, TN @ The End
11/5 Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
11/6 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
11/7 Richmond, VA @ McCormack’s Irish Pub
11/8 Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
11/9 Brooklyn, NY @ The Well
11/10 Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Rock Diner
11/11 Clementon, NJ @ Harper’s Pub
11/12 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
11/14 Columbus, OH @ The Summit
11/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Kuma’s Corner
11/16 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/17 Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
11/18 Detroit, MI @ Corktown Tavern

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This article has been edited to correctly identify the title of the song and album.

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