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MONDAY

Isis certainly isn’t the first metal band to have a chick-inspired name. Long before the Boston quartet was moved to venerate the Egyptian fertility goddess-cum-’70s TV superheroine, groups in the testosterone-heavy metal scene have rocked femme monikers. Representing the world of hair metal, we have Cinderella, a band that, like Isis, found its muse in a woman who wasn’t flesh and blood. Lizzy Borden, another spray-and-play band, looked to everyone’s favorite ax-swinging daughter immortalized in rhyme. Swedish black-metal first-wavers Bathory found inspirato in an even more ambitious murderess, Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess” of 17th-century Hungary who slaughtered more than 600 women so that she could bathe in their blood to retain her youthful appearance. But Isis, along with Converge, Shadows Fall, and Old Man Gloom (which shares singer/guitarist Aaron Turner with Isis), has recently helped make Boston the new capital of the metal world. The band is heady Poindexter metal, with a sound similar to Neurosis, though there are moments when Isis sounds like the Cure at its most atmospheric. The latest disc, the sprawling, dense Panopticon, has been praised by legions of metalheads, scribes and goat-throwers alike, and the band even made No. 12 on Revolver magazine’s “50 Heaviest Bands Ever!” list. No other band name on that list has such a woman’s touch. But more than that, the men of Isis are simply paying homage to that enchanting force that got them into the rock game in the first place: the ladies. Isis plays with These Arms Are Snakes and Dysrhythmia at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)