Metal sympathizers who have had the chance to catch locals, Northless, can testify to the sheer density of the quartet’s live sound. Droney, sludge-y and epic, Northless’ sound envelops the ears like a brutal hammering from a winter blizzard, and retains that weird beauty that natural disasters have. The band has been a Milwaukee mainstay since 2008, following the disbandment of former project, Vacations. Recently, the band is creeping into the limelight, having had it’s latest release, Clandestine Abuse recently featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. NPR reviewer Lars Gotrich writes, “What’s it like to be huge? I’m talkin’ woolly-mammoth-riding-a-humpback-whale-through-Stonehenge huge. I’m talkin’ the kind of mass that overwhelms in the nearly literal sense: to “defeat completely. The Milwaukee sludge-metal band Northless comes about damn close to this hugeness, as far as I can tell, on its debut album, Clandestine Abuse.” ” Sounds like Northless is tapping into their own energy wrought by hugeness to move into a broader appreciation. The band plays the Borg Ward on Tuesday, March 8th. Listen to the band on WMSE tonight for Local/Live at 8 p.m. [CST], as they play a set in our studios: 91.7 FM on your radio dial or stream, live, at WMSE.org. Missed out? Check back in the WMSE archives.