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Katatonia, Swallow The Sun, Orphaned Land, Soulpreacher 

When: Wed., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $17-45

Nominally, at least, Sweden's Katatonia is a metal band, with a member named Sodomizer and a contract with Peaceville, the English label that Darkthrone has long called home. But once again, on last year's adventurous Night is the New Day, the band aims its anthems through webs of synthesizers and strings, softening most of the snarl with an approach that suggests a romantic lining to all of this darkness. The edge isn't erased, though, just accompanied: On tunes like "Liberation," the electric grind and invective come surrounded by gentle passages of electronics and crooning, heaviness emphasized through bas-relief. The strategy, however fascinating, isn't without its frustrations, as Night is the New Day stunts its own momentum at nearly every new turn.—Grayson Currin

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