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Kommandant, Against the Plagues, Wormreich, Atrum Inritus 

When: Sat., March 9, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
Tricked out in gas masks and more military-fetish gear than an entire International Mr. Leather weekend, these local extreme-metal provocateurs present an intimidating front—their lead singer even stands behind a dictatorial podium. Kommandant’s fascist-dystopian image and refusal to publish lyrics have fueled a few rounds of the scene’s favorite “Are They or Aren’t They?” game among blog commenters, but the band themselves say they’re not neo-Nazis—rather they’re representing modern American militarism in its creepiest, most oppressive form, which makes sense to me. And the punishing blur of their second album, last spring’s The Draconian Archetype (on Italian label Aeternus Tenebrarum Music Foundation), backs up both claims—it’s a whirling nightmare of bone-scraping paranoia and the thought-crushing sound of marching boots. Nobody’s going to mistake these guys for musical innovators—military discipline is notorious for suppressing imagination—but they probably think too much experimentation is decadent and degenerate anyway. —Monica Kendrick Against the Plagues, Wormreich, and Atrium Inritus open.

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