Going to a club on New Year’s Eve is generally an experience best reserved for people who find inflated cover charges, plastic glasses of Cook’s “champagne”, and roving packs of amateur drinkers acceptable elements for an evening out. However, fans of this city’s rapidly growing cache of quality black, doom, and hardcore-oriented metal bands have a very good reason to brave the unruly throngs this evening. Harkonen is the post-hardcore act that current Helms Alee frontman Ben Verellen cut his teeth in from 1997-2003. Though it’s clear that Helms is the priority, it seems Verellen can’t help but pull Matt Howard and Casey Hardy back on stage with him from time to time (Harkonen reunited to play a last-minute benefit show in Tacoma last October). Their blistering pace will be nicely balanced with the sludge-y sounds of the Shining Ones and the reliably thickly shredding approach of Lesbian. HANNAH LEVIN

Thu., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2009

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