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Back in the late ’70s, the Göteborg Sound was an underappreciated Swedish power-pop group that released “Bjorn Borg,” a superlative single that never quite made the scene in the States. The band put Göteborg on the musical map—or at least the map studied by aficionados of tennis-themed ditties. But whatever minor mark the band made was pretty much obliterated by the mid-’90s, when Göteborg itself, Sweden’s second-largest city, became a wellspring of diabolical death metal that continues to influence today. The scene included such bands as In Flames and Dark Tranquility, but the primary Göteborg export was At the Gates. (D.C.’s own Darkest Hour even traveled there to record with Tomas Lindberg, ex-vocalist for At the Gates.) After the group broke up in 1995, its driving force—the Bjorler twins, Anders and Jonas—started a new band, the Haunted. Now they’ve been at it for years, but lineup changes have prevented the realization of the band’s true malevolent potential. That all changes with the release of rEVOLVEr, one of the best of the latest wave of neo-thrash releases. Original vocalist Peter Dolving is back after a five-year hiatus, and his voice is more menacing than John McEnroe’s at his most bellicose. The Haunted play with Damageplan and Shadows Fall at 10 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $18. (202) 397-7328. (David Dunlap Jr.)