All for Naught (Forbidden)

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It took blood-soaked San Antonio pianist Lonegoat to make the direct connection between classical funeral dirges and occult metal. On All for Naught, his Goatcraft proffers neo-classical piano flourishes and mini-concertos of a decidedly dark bent, all minor keys, fingerboard pounding, and enough reverb to make a concert hall sound like a mausoleum. Put these menacing chords through six strings and a broken amplifier and you'd have majestic black metal symphonies. As it stands, Goatcraft's wild-haired piano insanity sounds like The Phantom of the Opera on an absinthe bender. (Thu., 8pm, Dirty Dog Bar)


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