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Metal acts that perform songs loaded with hateful, racist, and misogynistic lyrics are fodder for what-are-your-kids-listening-to? TV specials. But some bands manage to transcend scrutiny, or at least ignore it, by using hate lyrics as a form of parody. Such is the case with Boston’s grindcore fiends Anal Cunt (commonly abbreviated as “AxCx” on marquees and in some news outlets). The band’s songs fit neatly into the genre conventions of grindcore, which blends the most extreme tendencies of metal and hardcore and does it all in double-time, with minute-long tracks full of insane riffing and absolutely demonic and incomprehensible vocals. Song titles like “I Intentionally Ran over Your Dog” and “You Quit Doing Heroin You Pussy” distinguish Anal Cunt from dead-serious fellow grindcore bands like Napalm Death and Carcass. The schlock only gets more over-the-top offensive as Anal Cunt delves into its catalog, with blatant slurs against everyone from fellow bands to Chuck Norris. With post-holiday stress, it’s a perfect time to indulge yourself in some misanthropy.
ANAL CUNT PERFORMS ON SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE VELVET LOUNGE, 915 U ST. NW. $15. (202) 462-3213.