These locals attracted a lot of attention with their full-length debut, 2005’s Out of a Center Which Is Neither Dead nor Alive, released on the little At a Loss label, and even before the CD presses had cooled off they were snapped up by Relapse Records. On the new follow-up, The Ritual Fires of Abandonment, producer Sanford Parker, who joined the band as a bassist during the Center sessions, is clearly settling in, and though Minsk subtly enrich their complex sound, they stick to the same diabolically simple formula they used to create it: a combination of doom metal with spacefaring psychedelia and a bit of rusty old-school darkwave. It’s most effective when they render it as a sort of tribal trance music, the rolling drums and circular riffing slowed down just a little past the point that’s comfortable for a human metabolism. The songs have soaring, vaulted structures, and though it takes them a little while to get airborne–I picture one of those gigantic Argentinean teratorns–they can stay aloft for what feels like forever. “Embers,” with its incantatory thrumming, and “White Wings,” with its graceful lift, marry metal’s brutality to a tantalizingly romantic occultism. This show is a benefit for Sweet Cobra, who play second; they crashed their van in January, and because their insurance had expired they’re left with a lot of bills to pay. Minsk opens and Pelican headlines. a 10 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, $15.