Concert preview: Exmortus brings its over-the-top metal assault to Ace of Cups

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

A quick glance at the tracklist on Slave to the Sword, the latest from the Cali metal quartet, offers up a pretty good idea of its bare-chested, axe-brandishing approach - witness titles like "Ancient Violence," "Warrior of the Night" and "Metal Is King."

As expected, there's little in the way of restraint in the crew's over-the-top metal assault, which builds around complex, Yngwie Malmsteen-esque guitar patterns, double-barreled drums and lyrics that could pass for the text from an in-production "Dungeons & Dragons" flick.

Takacs and Lich King open the show.

Ace of Cups

11 p.m. Wednesday, March 19

2619 N. High St., Campus