In much of the rest of the world — particularly the dark, frosty regions of Scandinavia where metal reigns supreme — New Orleans is known as a hotbed of headbanging, and it's largely the fault of Outlaw Order frontman Mike IX Williams. Starting in the late '80s — even before Pantera put New Orleans on the mainstream metal map with the acquisition of Jefferson Parish's Phil Anselmo — Williams was shattering Southern eardrums with the pioneering, doomed-out drone that would later be dubbed dirge or sludge metal with the seminal act Eyehategod. (Williams and Anselmo later joined forces in the band Arson Anthem.) Featuring four of five original Eyehategod members, Outlaw Order plays a slightly speedier, more hardcore-influenced version of the same old grind that still comes down thick as a brick and heavy enough to make your molars vibrate. The band's debut LP, Dragging Down the Enforcer, dropped on Anselmo's own Housecore label in November.
Outlaw Order appears with Evil Army, a band fronted by a fresh-faced pair of brothers from Memphis who play the kind of speedy, early Metallica-style thrash metal first recorded before they were born. The bass spot was once filled by Vice Records' garage-punk sensation Jay Reatard, who produced the band's self-titled 2006 album. Tickets $7. — Alison Fensterstock
Outlaw Order CD-Release Party
10 p.m. Fri., Jan. 9
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net