Hammertorch may sound like the name of hard-chugging, skull-crushing death metal band from Sweden, but they are in fact a part traditional country, part indie-rock five-piece from Murfreesboro, Tenn. With their graceful steel parts and admirable work ethicthey share members with a handful of local rock acts and often serve as Caitlin Roses backing bandHammertorch bring to mind another certain Murfreesboro-based alt. country group. (Hint: Rhymes with Flossery.) While the Torch certainly know their way around a leisurely Southern groove, their live show packs a mean punch, and frontman Jason Yearys fast-fingered noodling is good enough to land him a gig with an actual Swedish death metal group. Well, maybe not. But hes still pretty good.
Sat., Dec. 13, 9 p.m., 2008