What to Do Tonight: Dying Fetus

Surprisingly, theyre a smooth-jazz trio
  • Surprisingly, they're a smooth-jazz trio

Dying Fetus have been around forever. The Maryland death-metal band formed in 1991 as a typically gore-besotted group. But by 2000 they had morphed into a fearsome and politically engaged band. Albums like Destroy the Opposition and last year’s Descend Into Depravity bring powerful social critique to a genre most decry as lyrically and instrumentally mindless, while keeping the blast beats and down-tuned, hardcore-style breakdowns (and even some technical outbursts) coming. Through the years, the band has undergone countless lineup changes, leaving singer-guitarist John Gallagher the last original Fetus standing. These personnel shifts include the 2001 departure of several members who formed the grindcore-ish Misery Index, who’ll also be playing this show at Peabody's with Arsis, Conducting From the Grave, and Annotations of an Autopsy. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $14 advance, $17 day of show. —Phil Freeman

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