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This Phoenix group’s new album, Vacant Face, is a strong contender for best metal album of 2014. The sextet tweaks the death­-n-­roll genre hallmarks popularized by Swedish acts such as Entombed and Dismember — groove­-laden death metal with a rock & roll swagger — and adds flourishes of psychedelics and goth ­rock to embellish their sound. Delightfully creepy organ work from Pete Porter provides remarkable heft and texture to an aura that would already be quite heavy without it. Vocalist Andrew Leemont rises to the task of anchoring the diverse proceedings. His barks and bellows on thrashier tracks will please fans of razor-­gargling vocals, but he also shines on moodier tracks, with goth-­rock croons similar to Andrew Eldritch of Sisters of Mercy fame. Altogether, the band attains a mix that is equally healthy in terms of both riffs and atmosphere.

Thu., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/30/14)