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Savagist, Autarch, Harsh Words

The last time we heard from heavy Athens rock band Savagist was three years ago, when the group dropped Domestic Becoming Feral, an excellent, punishing five-song EP that ripped and roared and generally kicked all the ass. Now, the four-piece is back with the immaculately titled Invisible Birth of Death, recorded by Joel Hatstat and out now. Thrashy and thick, it’s the best local metal album of 2015 so far, in my book. For their show Friday at Caledonia, which serves as both record-release party and tour kickoff, Savagist will be joined by Asheville post-metal pummellers Autarch and local hardcore favorites Harsh Words.

9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20).