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Taking their appreciation for Swedish black metal to extremes, the members of D.C.’s Darkest Hour traveled to the Nordic source to record their latest release. Hoping to emulate the sound of the local product, they even hired one of the architects of the Göteborg sound, Fredrick Nordstrom, to mind the boards for Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation. But though you can take the band out of D.C., you can’t take D.C. out of the band: Instead of conjuring images of fog-shrouded castles, Darkest Hour mixes forceful sonics with an agitprop agenda railing against America’s culture of violence. Unfortunately, the incessant vomiting-Rottweiler vocals and full-on aural assault result in a numbingly monotonous listening experience. Only the album’s closer, “Veritas, Aequitas,” a 13-minute instrumental featuring strings and piano, hints at the breadth of the members’ more variegated Viking brethren, such as the orchestral Opeth. Next time they visit the Land of the Midnight Sun, maybe they can bring back more of that sweeping Scandinavian sound. Darkest Hour plays tonight (see City List for other dates) with Jesus Eater and Municipal Waste at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)