The state of modern metal places too much value on extremism: Who’s the heaviest, the darkest, the most shocking, the most technical.
Sometimes it seems like it’s not enough to just be a solid heavy metal band anymore.
Portland’s Agnozia is a solid heavy metal band that has been around since 2008. The band plays fast — Mike Townsend’s rat-tat-tat drums are always prominent — but also incorporates plenty of melody into its sound, which is always welcome in metal.
Agnozia cites a variety of influences, from Napalm Death and Gojira to Soundgarden and Faith No More to Adele and Jeff Buckley. They’ll play twice in the region this weekend.
Agnozia, with Obscured by Shadows and Open Defiance ; 9 tonight; $5; Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend; www.volcanictheatrepub.com .
Agnozia, with Obscured by Shadows and High Desert Hooligans ; 8 p.m. Saturday; $3; Big T’s, 413 S.W. Glacier Ave., Redmond; www.reverbnation.com/venue/bigts.
— Ben Salmon