Portugal’s predominant metal band is, big surprise, dark and heavy. Moonspell celebrate the close of their second decade this year by touring in support of 2008’s Night Eternal. Their nine-album catalog is quite varied, filled with equal parts experimentation and insipidity. Being a longtime fan of the group isn’t easy. Still, their dark, brooding metal packs an emotional pull that’s more genuine and convincing than mainstream derivatives (like, say, Evanescence). Singer and founding member Fernando Ribeiro’s wide range puts most heavy-metal vocalists to shame, while 1992 addition Miguel Gaspar lays down tight, creative drum tracks that are both tasteful and provocative. Moonspell may not be the heaviest band in the world, but it plays smart, gothic tunes that are a treat for your mind. Need further proof? How about their high-concept album/book collaboration with writer José Luís Peixoto in 2003? That kind of risk deserves respect. Samael, Book of Black Earth and Secrets kick things off at 7:30 pm at Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999, peabodys.com). Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show. — Nick DeMarino
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