Review: Acrassicauda

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

In thrash metal, a warlike stance comes with the territory. But bellicosity is more than just a pose for the members of Acrassicauda: Immortalized by the riveting 2007 documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, this Iraqi quartet faced daily peril for cranking amps and throwing horns in covert Baghdad shows. Death threats pursued Acrassicauda into Syria and Turkey, prompting Vice, the Brooklyn media company that made the film, to help the band resettle in New Jersey last year.

Freed to strive in earnest for life, liberty and the pursuit of decibels, Acrassicauda has packed this four-song debut EP with potent riffs, hooks and heavy grooves that any Metallica or Slayer fan will savor.

But just as potent are the band's lyrical observations and sentiments, which could only have come from a firsthand experience of life during wartime.

Acrassicauda plays Club Europa Tue 23.

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