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Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, Aerial Ruin

When: Sun., March 20, 9:30 p.m. 2011

During the last five years, some of the world's most interesting and inventive music has taken black metal—that grimy, mean, Satanic Scandinavian strain—and bent, battered and bruised it into surprising new forms. From Liturgy's athletic ecstasy and Krallice's kinetic epics to Sunn O)))'s drone smears and Cultus Sabbati's growling meditations, the possibilities of black metal's basic principles have offered endless fodder. Portland, Ore.'s Agalloch is one of the best and most aggressively innovative. Merging bits of classic rock (hear those solos fly), sylvan folk (notice not only the acoustic guitars but also the countermelodies at play) and musique concrète in triumphant 10-minute-plus marathons, Agalloch treats conventions like anathema. They've never gotten it more right than on last year's riveting Marrow of the Spirit, a seamless 65-minute escapade that wrestles with end-of-the-earth themes and eventually concedes defeat. Still, the album's experimental esprit and classical sense of scope is itself a suggestion of new frontiers for heavy music. Agalloch shows are rare, with tours rarer still. Even if you swear that heavy metal isn't your thing, seeing one of the most vital bands at work right now might be. —Grayson Currin

Price: $15-18

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