Heavy-metal heavyweight Pentagram made a name for itself in D.C.’s metal scene in the ’70s and ’80s with wailing guitar riffs and a sound that drips with doom. For the first time in 10 years, the band born in Alexandria will return to the District for a show at American University. Pentagram’s lineup has evolved over the decades, with vocalist Bobby Liebling as the only constant. While he’s kicked the substance-abuse problems that fueled his early performances, his maniacal stage persona hasn’t changed. Local bands Satan’s Satyrs, Coke Bust, and Unholy Thoughts will open the show with heavy riffs, mosh-worthy fits, and a throwback to quality punk. Pentagram performs with Satan Satyrs, Coke Bust, and Unholy Thoughts at 8 p.m. at the MGC Tavern at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $21. (202) 885-3900. american.edu.