Deathgrind is one of those brutally intense fusion genres that needs to balance well in order to work — but when it works, damn, it will blow your eardrums out. Misery Index has been a prime example of how to do the noise well, ramming together the dread, doom, and technicality of death metal with the all-engines-go, pounding speed of grindcore. The Baltimore-based band released its fifth studio, 2014's "The Killing Gods," which is just as bombastic as anything Misery Index has done before, but finds the band dipping into some new darkly atmospheric territories.
Misery Index will play with Lord Dying, Sustruga, Beneath Hells Sky, and Iconoclast on Thursday, May 7, at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut Street. 8 p.m. $15. themontagemusichall.com; themiseryindex.tumblr.com.