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Go to an Opeth show and you usually get an earful of Laney stacks and vocalist-guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt’s throaty growl. Though the Swedish quartet often downshifts into short folk-prog breaks, the bulk of its music is made up of speedy, riffcentric death metal. But not on this tour: According to Opeth’s publicist, this time around there will be no metal. No pick squeals, no blast beats, no whammy-bar dive-bombs. Instead, the band will be playing its latest album, the decidedly nonheavy Damnation, in its entirety, bringing along acoustic guitars and a brand-new keyboard player. Recorded at the same time as last year’s excellent Deliverance, the quiet Damnation deserves every Wish You Were Here comparison it getseven if Akerfeldt’s actual influences are much more obscure. (Cressida, anyone?) But if we’re lucky, Opeth might just play some old tunes. Don’t worry about earplugs, though: The band is sure to render them in a mellow style. Opeth plays with Porcupine Tree at 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $18. (202) 393-0930. (Brent Burton)