Self-proclaimed "bardic metal" trio Tyranitar sources its songwriting material from the most "metal" subject there is: world history. Sure, it's hard not to love metal's undying affinity for stoned wizards and metaphysical Satanism, but those topics can also be relatively low-hanging fruit from a creative standpoint. With lo-fi black metal theatrics shot through with folk metal flourishes, Tyranitar's real-life tales of medieval tyranny and ancient warlords call to mind a more scholarly Amon Amarth while sacrificing none of its brutality. Loincloths encouraged but not required.
Tyranitar will perform with Cosmic Brownie, Heathens, Betsy Woldeyohannes, and others during the Night of the Living Dad event on Saturday, October 28. The California Brew Haus, 402 West Ridge Road. 7 p.m. $10 ($5 for moms and dads). facebook.com/thecaliforniabrewhaus; facebook.com/tyranitarband.