After nearly two decades of screaming about ancient Egyptian mythology, H.P. Lovecraft and theology in technical death metal band Nile, guitarist/vocalist Dallas Toler-Wade has turned his attention closer to home. “Delirium Tremens,” his second album with Narcotic Wasteland and first since leaving Nile earlier this year, tackles the U.S.’s drug-addiction epidemic through the lens of Toler-Wade’s personal experiences growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Along the way, he and the rest of the quartet — featuring former Hank Williams III drummer Phil Cancilla — deliver a punishing mix of old-school death metal riffs, icy acoustic passages and crackling blast beats that more than stands up to Toler-Wade’s former band. The band plays Third Street Pub on Friday, with Damage Overdose, Ninth Circle, Extinction Threshold and Gravewitch opening.
Narcotic Wasteland, with Damage Overdose, Ninth Circle, Extinction Threshold, Gravewitch: 7 p.m. Friday; $12 plus fees in advance, $13 at the door; Third Street Pub, 314 SE Third St., Bend; narcoticwastelandbend.brownpapertickets.com or 541-306-3017.