Out now: new albums from Heat Dust, Ritual Killer, Crooked Vines

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New Orleans' Heat Dust performs an album release show Sunday, Oct. 11. - THE FLENSER
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  • New Orleans' Heat Dust performs an album release show Sunday, Oct. 11.
New Orleans post-punk band Heat Dust makes its full-length debut with a self-titled, 10-song LP on Flenser Records. The band headlines an album release show at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at Sisters in Christ at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.).

Wiry guitar duets drive the four-piece band's atmospheric punk, which borrows the dark, anxious propulsion of Joy Division and the murky, four-chord melodies of The Wipers. Its an impressively singular, confident effort, with the band able to build its distinctive sound where words like "brooding" and "moody" often fit the bill — Heat Dust explodes past them.

The jittery urgency of "Nothing Left to Lose" forges a gothic punk stage, setting up the slow-motion nightmare of "I Warm My Hands" and, later, the near-pop of "Anybody" and album closer "I Allowed Myself." Singers and guitarists Clayton Hunt's Jasper den Hartigh's vocals are often buried in a humid fog, frequently aligned with haunting harmonies that send the band's pitch-black cloud adrift.
 
Following its record release show, the band embarks on a tour with northwestern metal duo The Body and Louisiana's prolific doom outfit Thou. New Orleans punk bands TV-MA and Lee Harvey Oswald open. Admission $5.
Black metal band Ritual Killer — featuring members of Goatwhore — released its eight-track album Exterminance last month, featutring overwhelming guitar blasts and Jordan Barlow's possessed, from-the-void belting. The band headlines a hometown album release show at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.) with New Orleans metal bands Abysmal Lord and Witch Burial. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

New Orleans funk-pop band The Crooked Vines releases its self-titled debut at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Prytania Bar (3445 Prytania St.). The first 20 people in the door get a copy of the album. The band fuses its brass and funk with soulful vocals from Mikayla Braun.


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