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In the world of extreme music propagation, PR can get pretty amusing. By definition, every gut-punching, balls-ripping metaphor must be conjured to convince the reader how much heavier this band is than any other you've ever heard. In your entire life! Often times, this philosophy tends to hinder bands, rather than help them. "A hostile explosion of hideously impure American metal which emanates an eerie and unsettling vibe," declares Relapse's press release about Arkansas metal band Rwake. True. But what really sets the band apart is its progressive brand of doom (especially with fourth album Voices of Omens) — drawing comparisons to Mastodon and Neurosis while simultaneously forging its own Southern-influenced sound. But don't take my word for it. Catch Rwake with Black Cobra, the River Runs Black, and One in the Chamber at the Uptown on Sunday, May 20. 9 p.m., $8. UptownNightclub.com

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