Quintron Credit: Gary Loverde

Chicago metal/experimental polymath Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles) has just released his second solo album, Broken Limbs Excite No Pity (War Crime Recordings), and will be celebrating its release tonight. Lamont is such a tireless collaborator—along with his many bands, he frequently appears on albums by others—that his solo output has been somewhat sublimated, but when he stretches out in his own zone he brings a sophistication borne of years among diverse perspectives to his sonic layerings. Rooted in metal, industrial, electronic noise, and drone, the tracks on Broken Limbs range from anguished and oppressive to contemplative and transcendental. In contrast to the emotional force of Lamont’s work or the past giddiness found in some of his own projects (such as his collaborations with musician-puppeteer Miss Pussycat), former Chicagoan and longtime New Orleans sound artist and inventor Quintron takes a more dispassionate, scientific approach with his latest venture, Weather Warlock—a synthesizer system that translates weather conditions into sound. Originally intended as a rooting, grounding project to help him through chemo and cancer recovery years ago, his creation runs as a continuous installation and is accessible from its own website. It’s more than just a cool gadget; Quintron hopes to spread “base stations” throughout the world to capture a variety of different terrains and weather conditions, and hopes that the project can be used to help people suffering from sleep disorders, stress, mental illnesses, and any sort of modern alienation-from-nature-related maladies. In a live performance setting, the Weather Warlock’s readings are rendered into rippling soundscapes by Quintron and a handful of collaborators—drummer Aaron Hill (also of Eyehategod) and guitarists Gary Wrong and Kunal Prakash. I expect extraordinary things from this show.   v