When: Mon., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. 2016
If the symphonic-death-metal genre has a pitfall to beware of, it’s that fetishizing the technical proficiency required by both classical and metal musicians can lead to music that sounds like it’s forgotten to appeal to nonmusicians. Italian band Fleshgod Apocalypse blast through this concern like the Kool-Aid Man charging through a stage-set wall. Their forthcoming fifth full-length, King (Nuclear Blast), the follow-up to 2013’s celebrated Labyrinth, comes in a two-CD limited edition that includes just the symphonic parts of the compositions—so you can hear that the orchestral elements are far, far more than mere flourishes. Of course the real meat is the album as it was meant to be, featuring blistering guitar work and remarkable dynamics that range between high and clean and raw and filthy. They don’t tour the U.S. very often, and this bill has a superb lineup.
Price: $20, $17 in advance