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The Black Dhalia Murder 

When: Wed., April 4, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $21

If you ever want to see a bunch of metal heads get into a seriously heated debate, ask them who their favorite drummer is. Perhaps more than guitarists, drummers are the true measuring stick of a proper metal band, and everyone has an opinion about what qualities are most desirable (groove, speed, creativity, etc.). But when it comes to speed, few can touch George Kollias of Nile. Not only can he play sixteenth notes at 280 beats per minute, his double-bass technique makes it look incredibly easy: by using momentum from his ankles, instead of his legs, which means a shorter distance for energy output (and, hence, is less tiring). It's also a way of getting multiple hits out of one movement. For that, the Greek-born drummer has earned multiple endorsements and is flown to drum clinics around the world, where he demonstrates his super-human skills to jaw-dropped wannabes. At base, however, Kollias is the perfect match for the South Carolina technical death metal band, whose songs marry extremely fast and brutal playing with Egyptian-ishsoundscapes and imagery in its lyrics (not that you can understand anything). In terms of human endurance, it's impressive. At Slim's (333 11th St., San Francisco) on Wednesday, Apr. 4, with The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch, and Hour of Penance. 7:30 p.m., $21.

— Kathleen Richards


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