The metal tour circuit is churning with sludge acts right now, but when it comes to true mastery of the sub-genre's molasses-thick hallmarks, North Carolina's Weedeater are at the top of their class. It makes sense that they've done so much time on the road with the Melvins, because this is a metal band that will appeal to punk fans in much the same way that Buzz Osbourne and company do. Their fourth record, Jason...The Dragon is their second collaboration with producer Steve Albini and an exemplary study of the hypnotic fuzz and disciplined downtempos required to make sludge compelling, rather than monotonous. With Zoroaster, Kvelertak. HANNAH LEVIN

Mon., March 7, 9:30 p.m., 2011

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