Something that often gets lost in the naval-gazing of contemporary Black Metal is some good ol' fashioned blasphemy. Thankfully, Finland's Archgoat bring the gargled vocals, beautifully sloppy riffs, and upside-down crosses in spades. All of its devil-and-darkness posturing makes for some wonderfully unpretentious black metal. There's a time and place for the spiked bracelet-ed masses to delve into pantheism and Eastern philosophy, but sometimes you just want to slam a PBR and throw the horns up high.
Archgoat will perform with Valkyrja, Hellfire Deathcult, Rotten UK, and Human Dissention on Thursday, March 24, at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. 8 p.m. $15-$20. bugjar.com; facebook.com/archgoat.official.