Chicago ’08 Review

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Sharing checkered histories and predatory voices, Gutter Twins Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan are both accustomed to darkness. So it was no surprise that the former Afghan Whigs leader and ex-Screaming Trees frontman, respectively, strolled onto a dimly lit Metro stage at 1:30 a.m. early Saturday morning. The vampiric hour befit the 90 minutes of otherworldly music that followed.

Streaked with religious references and soulful undercurrents, the duo’s collaborative songs sought salvation as they confronted demons, sickness and desires. Tempos lurched and crawled; spiritual tones emerged amid somber arrangements. A backing quartet supplied a dynamic mix of slow-burn blues, brooding rock and atmospheric trance, turning foreboding fare such as “All Misery/Flowers” into redemptive meditations. But the Gutter Twins barely needed any help. Owing to contrasting timbres and charismatic dispositions, when the pair sang together, the effects were often mesmerizing.

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