Extreme metal group to appear in Hartford

May 9, 2018 by  

Band of Osiris, a Chicago-based band that plays technical death-metal music, is returning to Hartford soon. The band, which is named for the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, played in the city last year.

Technical death-metal music is a subgenre of death metal, which itself is a subgenre of heavy metal, which is descended from rock. Death metal music, as its name suggests, focuses heavily on subjects like death, violence, blood, and gore. However, the images associated with bands that play this music can mask the fact the musicians who play it are talented, and often have extensive training. Death metal bands include Suffocation, Morbid Angel, and Entombed.

Technical death metal goes even further, focusing on complex songs and top-notch playing ability that is even more intricate than death metal. Born of Osiris’s music features oddly accented phrases, stops and starts, guitars played in harmony, and vocals that are bellowed or growled. On top of the complex instrumentation is a framework dealing with the mythological aspects of death.

The death metal and technical death metal genres were most popular in the 1990s; the genres grew out of heavy metal, where bands like Metallica lead the way.

Born of Osiris plays the Webster Theater in Hartford tomorrow, May 10. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Needless to say, this show is not for children.

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