When: Wed., Feb. 27, 6 p.m. 2013
This venerable Portuguese band, founded in the early 90s, has made its name with romantic, heavily goth-influenced, more-or-less-melodic metal. At times Moonspell have struggled to balance their dueling tendencies toward beauty and brutality, but on their best records, including their 1995 breakthrough, Wolfheart, they achieve a searingly perfect alchemy. Last year’s Alpha Noir/Omega White (Napalm), their first double album, is like taking a machine apart to show the gleaming clockwork—it separates out the strands and shows how they work. Alpha Noir is blistering traditional metal with lots of violence and very few frills, while the drifting, sweeping soundscapes of Omega White emphasize the band’s flair for darkwave drama. This show promises to be pretty spectacular, and not just because Marduk is headlining. —Monica Kendrick Marduk headlines; Moonspell, Inquisition, the Foreshadowing, and Death Wolf open.
Price: $25, $50 VIP tickets