Dimmu Borgir's status as earth's most popular black-metal band hinges less on subgenre standards of merit than on the Norwegian sextet's knack for cramming nearly every excess imaginable into a mightily ornate package. The European limited edition of last year's In Sorte Diaboli ("In Direct Contact with Satan") boasted a leather-bound digipack, lyrics printed backward, and a mirror. Currently threatened with bannage in their native Poland on charges of "promoting Satanism and murder," legendary blackened death-metal quartet Behemoth offer even the steeliest Dimmuphobes compelling cause to visit Myth, if only for guitarist Nergal's demoniac virtuosity. Trondheim-based BM veterans Keep of Kalessin open, guaranteeing a night kept real.
Mon., April 7, 6 p.m., 2008