When: Sun., Nov. 13, 6 p.m. 2011
Over the past couple of decades, black metal has proved to be an endlessly flexible prism capable of refracting anything from punk to techno into a howling, corpse-painted version of itself. But a lot of the genre's fans—and not just the strict purists—would've been perfectly happy if it had never evolved beyond Mayhem's landmark 1994 release De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. While hardly the first black-metal album, De Mysteriis comes closer than any record before or since to embodying the platonic ideal of black metal as it was originally conceived, rife with blastbeats, layered in a thick fog of lo-fi guitar, and topped with vocals that sound as if they're coming from someone scraping out a horrible existence under a bridge. After some major shakeups in the early 90s—attributable to a suicide, as well as to one of the members stabbing another to death—the group settled into a relatively stable lineup, which continues to explore the limits of sonic putridness. —Miles Raymer Keep of Kalessin, Hate, Abigail Williams, and Woe open.