Mammoth Grinder plays the Drunken Unicorn Feb. 5
The Texas death metal trio is back with its first album in five years
Forgive Chris Ulsh for the five-year gap between Mammoth Grinder albums. Since his punk/death metal project released 2013's Underworlds (20 Buck Spin), Ulsh has stayed busy drumming in thrash band Power Trip, and recruiting half of RVA rippers Iron Reagan to play in Mammoth Grinder. The group’s latest album, Cosmic Crypt (Relapse Records), showcases Mark Bronzino's blazing riffs, Ryan Parrish's relentless rhythms, and Ulsh's otherworldly howls and growls. Cosmic Crypt is a sturdy reminder that crusty punk-metal bands can burn everything to the ground while playing actual, memorable songs! Welcome back, Mammoth Grinder. It was worth the wait.
With Dropout, Occvlta, and Abuse of Power. $8-$10. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce De Leon Place N.E. 404-361-2562. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.