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Tuesday To-Do: Eyehategod / Goatwhore

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EYEHATEGOD/GOATWHORE
7 p.m., Downtown Music. $15 adv., $17 d.o.s.

When I was 12, I saw a video at church about the evils of pop music — George Michael's "I Want Your Sex" wasn't about standard copulation so much as "soul sex," whatever that is; Metallica, Megadeth and Motley Crue were in legion with the devil (the "m's" had some significance I've forgotten); and, surely you've heard, KISS is an obvious acronym for "Knights in Satan's Service." Unless you're on the Arkansas Family Council's team, those ideas have become laughably passe. These days, if you want to tweak moral convention, you've got to dig a little deeper. Like, say, into legendary New Orleans underground metal bands with names that sound like made-up swear words. Sludge kings Eyehategod, whose sound owes a debt to The Melvins and (of course) Black Sabbath, are playing new material in preparation for their first new release in a decade. Goatwhore specializes in black metal, or according to the band, "the sounds of utter madness that take us to a new level of understanding through disturbing tones and an overwhelming purge of depravity." As underground metal shows go, it doesn't get much bigger than this. Phobia opens.

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