Pyrrhon + Vattnet Viskar + Vaporizer

Critics' pick
Photograph: courtesy Earsplit PR
Local crew Pyrrhon really comes into its own on its forthcoming Relapse debut, The Mother of Virtues, spewing forth demented death metal that falls somewhere between the anguished precision of Gorguts and the voices-in-your-head onslaught of vintage Today Is the Day. Punishing yet plaintive New Hampshire black-metalists Vattnet Viskar and weed-obsessed Vermont riff warriors Vaporizer round out the bill.