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Five can’t-miss Las Rageous bands, from Mastodon to Coheed and Cambria

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Mastodon is coming to Las Rageous.
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MASTODON (Saturday, 9:20 p.m.) Atlanta’s progressive metal stalwarts are heralded for their ability to seamlessly fuse elements from a wide-range of genres, from sludge metal to stoner rock. Just listen to second single “Andromeda” from the band’s forthcoming album, Emperor of Sand, which takes listeners on a journey through thrashy guitar chugs and Middle Eastern-inspired soundscapes. Don’t be surprised if you witness a majestic, crescendo-heavy passage followed by a slow-burning sludge metal riff. In fact, you should expect it. –Ian Caramanzana

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (Friday, 8:30 p.m.) Reuniting with original singer Jesse Leach in 2012 breathed new life into Killswitch Engage, and the band’s 2016 album, Incarnate, is its best work with Leach—a concise, powerful and catchy collection that reaffirms KSE’s position as one of the great American metal bands. Live, the band performs songs from both its Leach and Howard Jones eras, and Leach tackles the band’s entire catalog with intensity and melodic precision, aided by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz’s manic energy, goofy stage presence and blistering leads. –Josh Bell

COHEED AND CAMBRIA (Friday, 9:20 p.m.) Claudio Sanchez is a master of malleable melodies and sweeping guitar arpeggios, and his skills translate to the often upbeat, metallic musings of Coheed and Cambria. The progressive-rock quartet from Nyack, New York, is much more than radio hits “Welcome Home” and “The Suffering.” Keep an ear open for songs from and beyond the seven-album, comic book-inspired epic, The Armory Wars. –IC

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL (Saturday, 8:30 p.m.) The hard-rock (no, not death-metal) band led by Jesse Hughes (and featuring Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, but usually just on recordings) narrowly survived 2015’s terrorist attacks in Paris, and the band is attempting to put that tragedy behind it after releasing a documentary about the experience, Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis. Expect to hear the upbeat groove and tongue-in-cheek “Wannabe in L.A.” and the duo’s buzzy take on Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer.” –IC

AVENGED SEVENFOLD (Saturday, 11 p.m.) The spirit of outsize arena rock lives on in Avenged Sevenfold, a band that started as an underground metalcore act before expanding its sound to encompass classic rock, power metal, glam and even prog rock, as evidenced by 2016 concept album The Stage. Live, the band embraces spectacle, using elaborate set design, pyro effects and video screens to bring its songs to life. It’s an endearingly old-school approach to thoroughly modern metal. –JB

Las Rageous April 21-22, doors at 4 p.m., $129-$499/weekend, $79/day. Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, 800-745-3000.

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