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FEBRUARY 6 & 11
Deceased describes its music as “death metal from the grave” and its latest, Fearless Undead Machines, clearly demonstrates that heavy, heavy monster sound; it’s a concept album inspired by zombie flicks like the Night of the Living Dead series. The Arlington four-piece is all about speed: It only takes 60 seconds before drummer and singer King Fowley busts out a double-bass drum breakdown on Machines. Ever the black T-shirt-clad gentlemen, Deceased places a “big, giant, queer dick into the mouths” of all those who oppose them and proffer “fuck offs” to Fugazi, Washington City Paper’s own Mark Jenkins, “and all the other elitist D.C. punk dickheads,” among others. Those castigated shouldn’t feel alone, though; Fowley once called Entombed (which headlines with Deceased on Wednesday at the Capitol Ballroom), “huge sellout[s]” in the web ‘zine Metal Heaven. See if the bands wrestle each other to their mutual B-movie deaths in the first half of the two-night “Death Metal Festival” with Iconoclasm, Mi’Gauss, Eden Rot, Disinternment, Garden of Shadows, and Thorns of the Carrion at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Phantasmagoria, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. $8. (301) 949-8886; and with Entombed, Hatebreed, and Bloodlet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitol Ballroom, 1015 Half St. SE. $10. (202) 554-1500. (Christopher Porter)