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YOB at One Eyed Jacks 

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Welcome to hell — aka New Orleans circa summer 2011, where the daily forecasts are high-90s blood boilers or biblical 40-hour rains, the fire hose or the fire. Fortunately the city has just the soundtrack for it: a nightly scorched-earth second line of the heaviest American metal bands presently on tour, sonic-flagellation doomsayers to whom our propensity for devilish weather, end-days floods, stinging-insect infestations and playing chicken with hurricanes must register like the inviting jaws of a Venus flytrap. Landing last week was Athens, Ga., avant-guardian Harvey Milk; this week it's the redwoods-as-kindling riffs of YOB, rolling-stoned scourge of otherwise-reserved Eugene, Ore. Like the former, the latter worships at the monolithic altar of weed-not-speed metal and has successfully stolen a second life, playing dead for three years following a pair of concussive releases on major Metal Blade Records, The Illusion of Motion (2004) and The Unreal Never Lived (2005). Unlike the shifty Harvey Milk, which equates surprise with survival, YOB singer/guitarist Mike Scheidt hews his hefty music from the Gibraltar of stoner-rock — Black Sabbath — and picked up without missing a bleat on 2009 awakening The Great Cessation. His forthcoming fifth roar, Atma, is due in August on Profound Lore. Dark Castle opens. Tickets $12. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

July 22


10 p.m. Friday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;


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