Thank the dark lord, or whoever is responsible, for getting the infamous Glenn Danzig off his ass and on a long-awaited national tour. This Thursday he kicks off his Blackest of the Black tour in the least dark place ever — South Beach. Hordes of Jay and Silent Bob look-alikes will descend on the Fillmore Miami Beach for one of the biggest, and most varied, heavy-music tickets to hit the area in a while.
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Here, then, is a quick cheat sheet on the acts in this ghoulish side show. Moonspell: Decade-and-a-half-running Portuguese quintet that takes its witchy black metal very, very seriously. Winds of Plague: Ex-hardcore bros gone death-y with a keyboard-playing girl à la Bleeding Through. Skeletonwitch: Thrashy guitars meet growly vocals from the very nonevil environs of small-town Ohio. Dimmu Borgir: monstrous symphonic black metal from Norway. Duh. Danzig: If you need a refresher, please skip to the next item.