Wolves in the Throne Room

North American black metal has been gathering steam for some years now, with in-depth profiles in The Believer, prominent reviews in Pitchfork, and fuel for the fire in the form of OG Norwegian black metal documentary When the Light Takes Us. (I think Skyrim fits in here somehow, too.) The niche style has even developed a couple outstanding crossover acts. In Brooklyn, “transcendental” black metal act Liturgy bring classical training and theoretical frameworks to the form. Locally, we have Mount Eerie’s earnest tinkering with the idea of black metal and Olympia’s Wolves in the Throne Room’s far more direct, though still distinctive take on the genre. WitTR, on records such as last year’s Celestial Lineage, stretch both black metal’s symphonic tendencies and its guttural blasts to their ends in service of a non-denominational pagan/eco-mystical worldview. We’re lucky to have them in our backyard. With Master Musicians of Bukkake, Druden. ERIC GRANDY

Tue., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., 2012