As Gussy’s rises in popularity, more varied acts are coming to Queens, and I could not be happier. On a night filled with old favorites, I was pleasantly surprised about the strangeness that is Black Table. Black Table are an experimental metal band from the NYC Tri-State area. “Experimental,” in my listening experience, tends to be code for “weird and terrible,” but Black Table’s sound has a coherence that is usually absent in the experimental bands I’ve heard.
Founded in 2010, Black Table released their debut EP Sentinel in late 2012. Almost immediately, the band started getting recognition for it, and for very good reason. Decibel Magazine interviewed them for their “Throw Me A Frickin’ Label Hack” feature (kind of like Hail Of The Week, but with a punchier title) and (rightly) called their music “stirring and well-executed.” Their live show was captivating as well, and if the sound in the tiny venue had been a bit less earth-shatteringly loud, I would have been front and center in the audience. They’ll be playing a slightly larger venue this week — their next show is at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on the 17th with Hush, Buckshot Facelift, and Vise Massacre.
The video below is from the show I attended. Vocalist Mers Sumida in particular kicked a ton of ass, and I’m sure that the band will rock Brooklyn on Sunday just as hard as they did Queens.