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Woods of Ypres, Killer Moon, Intercontinentalballisticmissle 17+ Recommended

When: Thu., May 12, 8 p.m. 2011

I'll bet most of us have at some point wanted to pull a Tom Sawyer and listen to what people would say at our funerals—and the greatly exaggerated rumors of Woods of Ypres's demise that circulated last year (with a bit of encouragement from the band) gave this Canadian doom-metal outfit something like that opportunity. Seeing people mourn the group was enough to make front man David Gold, who'd moved to Kuwait temporarily for business, decide to keep it going. Of course it didn't hurt that Earache Records picked up Woods of Ypres last fall—the label plans to reissue all their prior albums as well as a forthcoming fifth. Woods of Ypres IV: The Green Album, which originally came out in autumn 2009, is already available on deluxe double vinyl with a T-shirt. It's a long journey through many types of terrain, from chilly, mossy forests to unending badlands of hardened black lava—and if occasionally the world-building slips, so that you feel like you might glimpse suburbia through the trees, it helps to follow Gold's powerful but downcast baritone, which is more than a little reminiscent of late Type O Negative front man Peter Steele. It's a good strong anchor for a band brought back from the brink of extinction. 17+

Price: $15, $10 in advance

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