Concert preview: Exmortus brings its over-the-top metal assault to Ace of Cups

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From the March 13, 2014 edition

A quick glance at the tracklist on Slave to the Sword, the latest from the Cali metal quartet, offers up a pretty good idea of its bare-chested, axe-brandishing approach — witness titles like “Ancient Violence,” “Warrior of the Night” and “Metal Is King.”

As expected, there’s little in the way of restraint in the crew’s over-the-top metal assault, which builds around complex, Yngwie Malmsteen-esque guitar patterns, double-barreled drums and lyrics that could pass for the text from an in-production “Dungeons & Dragons” flick.

Takacs and Lich King open the show.