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Deicide, Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis, Pathology All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. 2011

Austrian blackened death-metal band Belphegor has seen a bewildering number of members pass through its lineup since 1991, with drummers in particular apparently using a revolving door. (No word on whether any of them choked on someone else's vomit or suffered bizarre gardening accidents.)That constant turnover notwithstanding, the group has just released its ninth studio album, Blood Magick Necromance (Nuclear Blast), and I'm pretty sure the passage of time will prove it to be the best one yet—the cover art is worth mentioning too, because it illustrates the title of 2008's Bondage Goat Zombie better than its own artwork did. Vocalist and guitarist Helmuth, the sole remaining original member, has clearly found his happy place in songwriting, and Blood Magick Necromance doesn't suffer overmuch from "black-metal blur," where you can't quite remember which song you're listening to. Melodic guitar trills rise out of the morass as sharp as polished blades, then fall back into the churning maelstrom. It makes me wonder what heights Belphegor could achieve with a little more personnel stability. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $30, $25 in advance

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