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Absolute Best Concerts This Week in Palm Beach County

Shroud Eater

Album release party with Ancient Albatross, Orbweaver, Amplifier Orgy. 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Propaganda, 6 S. J St., Lake Worth. Entrance is $5. Call 561-547-7273, or visit propagandalw.com.

Clearly, Shroud Eater doesn't cater to the faint of heart. Unapologetically devoted to brutal thrash and metal mayhem, the trio -- guitarist/vocalist Jean Saiz, bassist Janette Valentine, and drummer Felipe Torres ­-- makes music that's decidedly perverse. It's something akin to the sound Satan might employ to lure unsuspecting innocents to his lair.

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The band itself doesn't disagree; in a previous chat with New Times, Saiz called its noise " 'beard metal'... a catch-all for sludgy, doomy, stoner type of music." For those unfamiliar with the term, the self-described "Luciferian lesbian" offered a more precise definition: "We definitely employ some gallop-y metal tempos in conjunction with slower tempos for bong-blazing."

Fortunately, the ability to blaze hasn't dulled their ambitions. Shroud Eater is currently touting a new EP, Dead Ends, on Saiz's own Primitive Violence Records, and the group has further plans to record newer material in the months to come. In addition, it's expanded its geographical horizons, sharing its depraved visions and apocalyptic outrage with willing masses throughout the Southeast and in destinations as far afield as New York and New Orleans. Bible thumpers, beware: Shroud Eater has a healthy desire to display devilish devices. - Lee Zimmerman

The Riot Act

11 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Dada, 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Free. Call 561-330-3232, or visit dadaofdelray.com.

It would seem to take some kind of innate savvy to go from rudimentary, home-grown recordings to a gig opening for a rock 'n' roll icon like legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale. Indeed, by his own admission, the Riot Act's Christian Clarke started off as a guy of no apparent means other than ambition. He didn't even own an iPod, much less a computer at home. "I found it difficult to find new music I was interested in," he told New Times last year. "I think that's what got me into writing and recording my own stuff." Hence, the birth of garage rockabilly duo the Riot Act, Clarke's first band endeavor.

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