The music of Knyfe Hyts may not be heavy metal in the traditional sense, but that doesn’t mean that the Brooklyn band couldn’t have burst forth from one of Cliff Burton’s paranoid delusions. Sharing members with beloved spaz-rock outfit Ex Models, Knyfe Hyts mines a similar shrill and fuzzy vibe. But where Ex Models skitters through songs like an epileptic Pokémon, Knyfe Hyts locks into extended trance jams that are skunkier than the glass on your college roommate’s vaporizer. Songs such as “Exalted Tones” hammer metal riffs down to their barest, most basic essence, resulting in head spinning pysch-rock that’s more claustrophobic than the music video for “Sweating Bullets.” Let the war inside your head commence. Knyfe Hyts performs with Stymphalian Birds at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960.

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