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Take your cloying holiday tunes and pathological mass-shopping frenzies and shove 'em up your reindeer's keister. To me, the descent of cold, snow, and long dark nights in the limbo between Samhain and winter solstice (not to mention that bracing shot of postelection nihilism) can mean only one thing: it's Norwegian black metal season! Satyricon's Volcano (Eaturmusic/Red Ink/Columbia), released in April, is the band's first U.S. major-label release, and they're making their second trip to the States for a "Return of the Antichrist" tour. Volcano is the kind of album that purists squabble over because it conveys more menace than violence: the rituals that take place in this particular grand gothic temple of obsidian are more high-liturgy invocations than consecrated blood orgies. But I particularly love the 14-minute-plus "Black Lava": like a Lovecraftian mountain or a sadistic minimalist composition, it rises ever higher on a repeating figure, occasionally jolting you with a sharp guitar blast or a chilly threat from guest vocalist Anja Garbarek, who just might have the iciest delivery since Nico. Regular drummer Kjetil "Frost" Haraldstad isn't on the tour due to visa problems; Slipknot's Joey Jordison, a longtime fan, will fill in. Nachymystium and 3 Inches of Blood open. Mon 12/13, 6 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, $16. All ages.

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