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Covenant

With Melotron, UV, and Filament 38. Friday, May 16, at the Phantasy Theatre.

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Visit a club on industrial-goth night and you're likely to hear at least one song from Sweden's Covenant, accompanied by Sprockets-worthy dance moves on the floor. The trio arrived on the industrial-dance scene with the 1997 track "Stalker," a fusion of rigid beats, techno noodling, and dour vocals (classic "Electronic Body Music," as described by enthusiasts). It isn't necessarily groundbreaking for the genre: Elements of Front 242, Cabaret Voltaire, and Kraftwerk can be heard throughout. But Covenant avoids getting mired in the usual trappings by injecting a synthpop vibe into the mix. Catchy songs are the unlikely result: The band's latest, Northern Lights, owes as much to Depeche Mode as it does 242. Live, Covenant's slick sound morphs into raw energy courtesy of lead singer Eskil Simonsson's intense vocals. Although Dieter won't be there Friday at the Phantasy, it will be the time "when we dance."

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