DEATH METAL IS barbaric. Double-bass-drum beatdowns wrestle with detuned machine-gun guitars, canon-like bass lines and vocalists who sound like they’re murdering a yak.
Technical death metal is even more brutal. Not only does all that destruction occur, but it’s done with frightening precision, jazz-like harmonies and fierce attention to detail.
On Friday, Jaxx is hosting a technical death-metal concert featuring a collection of extreme bands that will make you marvel at their musicianship even as they crush you into submission.
Atheist was at the forefront of tech-death. Its 1991 album, “Unquestionable Presence,” was a major kick in the pants to metal, and its third, 1993’s “Elements,” even featured warm Latin American and Brazilian music mixed with ice-cold metal.
The Faceless and Psyopus feature young musicians who must have made deals with the devil in order to shred with such wizardry. Psyopus’ third album, “Odd Senses,” is a bizarre masterwork of advanced harmonies, spastic rhythms and grindcore energy, and the Faceless’ second, the sci-fi steeped “Planetary Duality,” comes from the Meshuggah school of more is never enough. Both records are outstanding displays of progressive, life-affirming technical death.
» Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield, Va.; Fri., July 10, 6 p.m., $23; 703-569-5940.
Photo courtesy Metal Blade