Rock & Pop

Sutekh Hexen

When: Wed., April 10, 8 p.m. 2013

To most ears, the music of San Francisco's Sutekh Hexen probably sounds like a bunch of harsh noise: It largely lacks discernible melody, structure, and lyrics, and everything (instruments, vocals, and atmospherics) is awash in so much distortion as to render the original source material nearly indecipherable. But there is thought and meaning put into this "music," an understanding of which requires some context. Just as the second-wavers of Norwegian black metal were reacting to the homogenized culture of their upbringing, so, too, do the members of whatever-generation-of-black-metal-we're-currently-residing-in also hope to transcend their current state -- metaphorically, musically, and, maybe even physically (but I won't go into that). With Sutekh Hexen, the ultimate effect is one of bleakness and decay, and sometimes there's even beauty that emerges; the music exists not so much as a centerpiece of but rather as a framework for, as the band puts it, "making unknown of the known." With Thomas DiMuzio and Dan Burke, Blsphm, and Sexorcyst at Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) on Wednesday, Apr. 10. 8 p.m., $7.

Kathleen Richards

Price: $7

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