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The curious term "melodic death metal" gets brandied about in association with the Swedish band Arch Enemy, but the band somewhat lives up to the description. "Somewhat" because, while there are some fantastic melodic moments interspersed throughout the band's songs, the metal side of that sentence structure is still clearly dominant. Still, the counterpoints and tensions in the songs themselves are fascinating, as is the band's far more deft than usual use of biblical language, themes and imagery, particularly in songs such as "Bury Me An Angel" and "Taking Back My Soul" - language that is often grossly abused by lesser metal bands, or often used too glibly by Christian death rockers. Arch Enemy rides a lot of fine lines in its music, but the result is something engaging and ultimately listenable. Arch Enemy performs with Exodux, Arsis and Mutiny Within at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester. (508) 797-9696. Tickets cost $22-$25.