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Black Tooth Grin, June 27, Knitting Factory

Rocking and grinning


When local band Black Tooth Grin put out its third album, 2011's Psycle, they may not have realized how prescient the album title was.

The members of BTG have been together about 12 years, and with plans to release a fourth full-length this fall--working title All That Shines--the band is in a cycle, averaging a new album every three years.

The music is anything but cyclical, however. Though BTG may reach back into the rock and metal canon for inspiration, each release is an evolution of sound and style--while remaining quintessential BTG. Vocalist Justin Arthur says All That Shines is "heavier" than previous releases.

"This album is more like Black Sabbath," Arthur said. "It's dirtier."