Despite the obvious debt to pays to its ancestors, the vehemence with which Orange Goblin plays made their seventh LP, A Eulogy for the Damned, one of the better metal albums of 2012. Joining them are a few more bands nearing the top of their game: noisy sludge-metallers KEN Mode, who recently released the frenetic Entrench, and ASG, a North Carolina crew who fuse alternative-era melodies (with actual, your-mom-would-recognize-it singing!) on their forthcoming Blood Drive. It's a metal showcase with no agenda, which might just be the point.
Mon., April 22, 8 p.m., 2013