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What’s up with heavy music

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Oct. 4, Italian prog gods Goblin, known for scoring Dario Argento’s best films, play the Ottobar with Secret Chiefs 3. This is an extremely rare performance that many in the U.S. have literally been waiting their entire lives for. Tickets are sold out, but check the internet? If you can’t score any, Earthling, Budd Dwyer, and Virulence rock the Sidebar that same night.

A lot of 20th anniversaries coming up: Long-lived Southern sludge band Sourvein plays the Golden West on its 20th-anniversary tour on Oct. 9 with Musket Hawk. Straight-edge band Earth Crisis purifies Cafe 611 on Nov. 2 to celebrate 20 years of its seminal release, Firestorm. Finally, Morbid Angel (pictured) commemorates 20 years of its classic album, Covenant, at Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 9.

Celebrating two bands that have been around for more than 20 years, Metro Gallery hosts legendary doom band Saint Vitus on Oct. 13, with Maryland’s Iron Man and young upstarts Pallbearer. This is quite a show for those that like it slow, distorted, and heavy.

Oct. 17-19, Ottobar, Metro Gallery, and the Windup Space host U+N Fest, which showcases a variety of musical styles, but on the heavy side of things, look for standout local acts Sick Fix, D.O.C., Old Lines, Big Christ, WarXGames, War on Women, as well as out-of-towners Pissed Jeans and Lost Tribe.

On the first night of a particularly strong rock block, Wormed plays the Sidebar on Oct. 23 with Infernal Revulsion and Visceral Disgorge. The following night, the 24th, the Ottobar hosts not one but two strong shows—classic U.K. anarcho-punk band Conflict plays downstairs, while Cemetery Piss plays their record release upstairs, along with local grinders Triac.

Also at the Ottobar, from Oct. 25-26, is the second-annual Autumn Screams Doom Festival, which highlights a long list of doom and sludge bands including Loss, Serpent Throne, Sinister Haze, Serpentine Path, and Negative Reaction.

Looking to the future, CP’s “Best Record Label” 2013, A389 Records, has announced the bands for its 10th-anniversary A389 Bash, and it’s quite a list. Highlights include Infest, Integrity (featuring a one-time-only reunion of the classic Systems Overload-era lineup), and a Bloodlet reunion, along with performances by local favorites Noisem and Full of Hell. It goes down Jan. 17 and 18 at Baltimore Soundstage.

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