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Simeon Soul Charger


Simeon Soul Charger

All Rather Dead


These warlocks of Akron rock orchestrate a stellar second act on All Rather Dead, their second EP in a year, following a self-titled debut. These five new tunes form a pentagon of dark, atmospheric musical alchemy. Join the "Coffin Party" or try "A Dance for the Moon God," and you'll find the quintet mixing glam, electronica and art-punk into a jam-band brew that will knock your ass into a trance, giving nods to neo-prog shamans like Muse, Ozric Tentacles and Mercury Rev. Singer-songwriter Aaron Brooks (once frontman for Cleveland punks Trendy, who disbanded in 2008 after a seven-year run) leads the séance (backed by guitars, drums, cello and mandolin). He sings about satellites, devils, holy water, castles and cages in his faux-operatic sneer. The outstanding title track takes a grandiose eight-minute acoustic\electric journey that captures the vibe of the band's supernatural theatrics live, where they delve into performance art and are sometimes accompanied by painters onstage. It begs only one question: How does this soul-charging orchestra end?

Keith Gribbins

Simeon Soul Charger perform with Nicholas Megalis and Eclyptic at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Kent Stage (175 E. Main St., Kent, 330.677.5005, Tickets: $5.

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