When a pair of Neurosis dates at Neumos was announced several months ago, Viking cries of joy ricocheted around the city (perhaps the only other reveal that would produce more joy among sludge/stoner/doom fans would be another Sleep reunion). Scott Kelly and his Bay Area bandmates have undeniably strong ties to the Northwest metal community, and no matter which night you choose to attend, you’re guaranteed to run into a who’s who cache of local luminaries. However, the secret selling point on these bills is the carefully curated local openers. Tonight’s line-up demands that you get there early enough to catch Black Breath, who were so on point when they opened for Converge and Coalesce this year they nearly eclipsed their elder peers. With Wolves in the Throne Room. HANNAH LEVIN

Thu., Dec. 30, 8 p.m., 2010

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