When: Fri., Dec. 18, 4 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 19, 4 p.m. 2015
You’re probably not getting tickets to Cathedral of the Black Goat VII if you don’t already have them, regardless of what or whom you sacrifice. The amazing metal fest put on annually by the theistic-satanist group of the same name always sells out fast (in this case it took only a few hours in June). And with good reason: it has a knack for drawing the best and most exciting acts from the gnarliest reaches of underground metal. This year’s biggest score is probably the hostile Poles Infernal War, who are making their first U.S. appearance. The band released two albums in 2005 and 2007 before focusing on other projects, which left listeners wondering if Infernal War were done. Well, war is never over, and Infernal War came back with their third full-length, Axiom (Agonia), this past spring. It shows a broadening of themes but no decline in the band’s howling, pounding aggression—despite some surprisingly adventurous breaks and hooks the filthy blasting roar never quite lets up.
Price: sold out