NOISE: ArnoCorps want to pump you up

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Contributor Dennis Harvey writes in to praise ArnoCorps:

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When they said "Ahhhl be baaahhck," wasn't that a promise?!? I fear not. It appears May 20's headlining Café du Nord appearance by ArnoCorps, purportedly Austrian "pioneers of Action-Adventure Hardcore rock 'n' roll," may be their last for the foreseeable future.

They are returning to die Vaterland‹or close, at least, with summer dates in England and Ireland. After that they'll be taking a potential "End of Days" breather, perhaps fatigued from the sustained climax of recently released CD The Greatest Band of All Time, in which every song encapsulates the plot of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. From "Commando": "Stop screwing around! / Let the girl go! / Throw it away! / Chickenshit gun!" From "Terminator": "I am the Terminator! / I'll be back to kill you later!" Advancing years can drain even the hardiest rock warrior, as witness Arnold's shift from statements in the 1977 film Pumping Iron ("I'm getting the feeling of coming when I pump up. So I'm coming day and night") to his current sobriety as a respected statesman who just says no to his own past sexual harrassments.

Anyway, sex is good but steroid metal-punk screaming is so much better! The sextet -- nothing gay inferred by that term! -- will strut their "ballsy assertion" and attention to "ancient lore and mythology" following sets by helmut-headed Christians rawkers Knights of the New Crusade, and Judgement Day.

Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m. Café du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. $10. www.ticketweb.com.