When: Tue., Jan. 19, 8 p.m. 2016
Named after the year the Black Death reached their homeland, Norway’s 1349 have always had what some might call an identity crisis—though others might just call it unpredictability. Beginning as a straight-ahead post-Celtic Frost black-metal morass in the late 90s, 1349 spent subsequent albums trying on whatever black metal can mean nowadays. A grueling tour schedule with a diverse host of bands probably helped to keep them pushing the envelope. They’re not exactly WYSIWYG: come for the filthy chaotic howling and blasting, stay for the surprising moments of wonderfully weird shit (like what they did to Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” on 2009’s Revelations of the Black Flame). Last year’s Massive Cauldron of Chaos (Indie Recordings) is truth in advertising for sure, but the standouts “Chained” and “Slaves” have an infectious power that sets them apart from the storm—and the under-two-minute “Golem” punches so fast it leaves you wondering what hit you.