Metal Forum Recommends. Part 13

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Alas, the disproportionately large amounts of wit that Yours Truly usually would be desperately pressing into each and every sentence fell an easy prey to the haste the passing of one's deadline for submission brings with it... on a happier note, for those expecting the usual four cream-of-the-crop choices from various subgenres of metal along with one quality non-metal artist, read on!

Graves at Sea

Bio: Graves at Sea was formed in 2003 under the scorching Arizona sun with the mission of creating music as bleak and oppressive as the surrounding desert. They went on to release a very well received demo entitled Documents of Grief (which would later be reissued on 20 Buck Spin), a 7 inch on Southern Lord called Atavist Arise, and a monolithic split with Asunder on Life is Abuse. In 2007 Graves at Sea lost their drummer and bassist, replacing them with members of Noothgrush and Sourvein, respectively. The band was slated to tour Japan with Corrupted in 2008 but were forced to break up due to legal and visa issues. They still have a full-length record's worth of unreleased tracks.

Sounds like: Watching your life flash in front of your eyes while dying of thirst in the desert and realizing none of it meant shit. Graves at Sea play a blackened, droning, painful brand of sludge fronted by one of the most intense sludge vocalists in recent years.

Why listen? Because this is what sludge should sound like. Graves at Sea took what bands like Noothgrush and Burning Witch were doing and put their own spin on it, creating some of the most memorable sludge/doom of the past 10 years.

Myspace Metal archives

Zero Substance

Rigor Mortis

Bio: Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Rigor Mortis play a horrifying, blood-dripping style of thrash metal that oozes with a sort of death metally goodness. Let it be known that this band is fast as all fucking hell. Guitarist Mike Scaccia has an ungodly talent for tremolo picking - his riffs honestly sound like swarms of pissed off bees - and if you don't believe me, listen to the songs below. All three of their main releases are worth owning, but start with the self-titled, or my personal favorite, the Freaks EP - two fantastic slabs of pure, gory, unrelenting metal. The third and so far final release, Rigor Mortis vs. The Earth, is commonly referred to as their worst, but it's by no means a bad album at all.

Sounds like: This is a tough one, really. I suppose one could say this band sounds like a giant Slayer-style tremolo riff break. But I think it's safe to say that Rigor Mortis have a sound like no other.

Why listen? Rigor Mortis are truly a band that don't get the attention they damn well deserve. Listen to this band. Just beware of riff-induced whiplash.

Wizard of Gore (live 2009), Cattle Mutilation Myspace Metal archives

-The Frayed Ends

Atrocious Abnormality

Bio: Hailing from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, this group of good ol' Americans came together in 2006 and have since created some serious quality brutal death metal. Their debut full length album, Echoes of the Rotting came out in 2007 and since then the group has been constantly playing shows and festivals around the southeastern United States. When not playing brutal death metal, the guys enjoy drinking beer and exercising in the streets.

Sounds like: Awesome brutal death metal. Great usage of slams without getting monotonous, the variety in the riffs is strong and they stay interesting throughout the whole album. Great drumming and brutal vocals, and the production is pretty good for brutal death metal. Clear enough that you can hear what's going on, but muddy enough to get that staple brutal sound.

Why listen? Because it's some really good brutal death metal. Doesn't sound quite like any other specific band, while still feeling familiar for anyone who enjoys brutal death in general.

Dead in 60 Seconds, The Birth of Violence Myspace Metal archives


And in case you find yourself the least bit demolished after this onslaught of brutality...

Ray LaMontagne

Bio: Born in 1974, Raymond Charles "Ray" LaMontagne is a Folk singer/songwriter from Nashua, New Hampshire. After hearing a Stephen Stills song, he decided to quit his job and focus on a career in music. His dbut album Trouble was released in 2004. The follow-up album Till the Sun Turns Black was released 2 years later and had a much richer sound mainly due to the increase in instrumentation. His third album Gossip in the Grain followed two years after that. In 2010 his fourth album was released under the name Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs. His music has appeared in a number of TV shows, including One Tree Hill.

Sounds like Most would say folk, but I'd say it is a more contemporary take on folk. There is an element of the sound that has become associated with the term singer/songwriter, too. Till the Sun Turns Black featured a small brass and string section, as well as lots of pitched percussion, adding to the wonderfully dark, almost haunting atmosphere. Ray has a very soft, raspy, yet warm voice that portrays the feelings he's conveying in his lyrics wonderfully well.

Why listen? Great song writing, great music, and great voice, it's like a big warm audible cuddle at times. Till the Sun Turns Black is an incredible album, really dark and atmospheric, yet at the same time strangely uplifting. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from that heavy metal racket, and there are few finer ways than listening to Mr LaMontagne.

Within You, Jolene Myspace Website


Now, remember to take a breather once in a while, maybe even go find out what's the fuss with this 'outside' business people make all the time... until we meet again next Thursday, ta-ta.

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    The Wildchild
    Not enough metal, methinks, but this Ray LaMontagne fellow seems interesting. Hence, I will investigate.
    graves at sea look like they could be of interest to me. Looking good again though, even if there is a band missing :p
    Nice to see Atrocious Abnormality on here, they've always been fun to listen to.
    Dream Floyd
    Annihislater wrote: Raymond Charles "Ray" LaMontagne is a Folk singer/songwriter
    ...So 'AnnihiSlateR' is a troll? I thought this was Metal Forum reccomends?
    It's OK, sunshine. Read the first paragraph, think it over again and again. Don't give up.
    Yeah, to expand on what Wbat said, just cause its the metal forum doesn't mean we don't listen to music outside of metal. So it was decided to recommend one none metal band per column if someone wanted to write one up. Check the past few column's there have been some great none metal bands recommended.
    Adding to that, there actually used to be four metal bands instead of just three, too... silly mix-up on my part. Next one will slay, though.
    well i suppose you had to expect at least one person to come in here all "NON METAL BAND? PREPOSTEROUS"
    Well, we have been doing this for the past two or three already. You'd think people's reflexes might be a bit quicker.
    I would suggest two bands: The Algorithm The band is consisted of one member, he creates music on computer. 2 albums has been released so far. It can be described as electronic/experimental metal. Mix of effects, keyboard patterns, death metal guitar and drums, odd time sigs. The keyboards are sometimes very epic! FREAKIN weird stuff, the only bad thing is that some songs (2 each album if I'm not mistaken) contains vocals, gay hiphop style vocals.. Just ignore them [url=
    ]The Algorithm - Geometric Progression[/url] [url= n1ky0w]The Algorithm - Calculated Movements[/url] Behold... The Arctopus[ If it can be done, this is even more weird stuff... Mostly instrumental, some kind of experimental death metal based on guitar. One member is playing a 12 string War guitar. 2 album has been released. Varied length of tracks, varied riffs which are often changed. It really can't be recognised as repetitive stuff... The drums are also a strong point, not like other beat-the-hell-out-of-them death metal style drums. It REALLY is experimental! :2thumbsup: [url=
    ]Behold.. . The Arctopus - Alcoholocaust[/url]