What's up with heavy music

Show season has started to slow down a bit, but there are still plenty of good ones to look forward to. Sludge-metal band Akris plays with the amazingly named Weed Warlock on Nov. 20 at the Sidebar. The next night, Toxic Holocaust plays Metro Gallery with Ramming Speed in support of their new Relapse LP, Chemistry of Consciousness. Then, on Nov. 22, Baltimore's Radical Discharge plays a release show at Metro for its new LP, and every attendee gets a copy to take home. Charm Offensive, Brohammer, and the Jons also play. The same night, just up the street at the Crown, Multicult plays with Psychic Teens and AGTRL.

Rounding out a strong weekend of shows, Demonic Christ, Ptahil,...