Signed to a major label back in the late ’90s, when the post-hardcore scene was still going strong, Ann Arbor’s Taproot have settled back into indie life. Their latest album, Plead the Fifth, starts off with off-kilter harmonies in “Now Rise” and then offers a relentless attack of what the band likes to call “heavy melodic rock.” Songs like “911OST” begin with a whisper and end in a scream, bristling with sinewy guitar leads. While the band’s ability to throw off-tempo chord changes into the mix is admirable, it also means that many of the songs don’t have the kind of hooks you find in System of a Down or Disturbed. Still, these guys make thinking-man’s metal. Taproot, with Anew Revolution, Ice Nine Kills, and Destrophy play Peabody's at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $14. —Jeff Niesel
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