Visa restrictions prevented extreme metallers Marduk from entering the U.S. in May for what was to be a national tour. As the story goes, the Department of Homeland Security was OK with three Swedes who wear leather gauntlets and blood-smeared, black-and-white paint, but vocalist "Mortuus" made one too many. As such, Marduk, who will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, have a lot to prove tonight, least of which will be the quality of their forthcoming album, Wormwood, which we can only hope will be as trippy as their togs. With Withered, Black Anvil, and Tombs.
Sat., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., 2009