Metal Forum Recommends. Part 6

The metal forum returns to pound you again.

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This is a revival of a series of articles originally published around a year and a half ago, which got a good response. Being unoriginal and lazy so-and-sos at the best of times, we've decided to start doing them again.

The format is simple: five regulars of the metal forum suggest a relatively unknown band which deserves to have its name out there. Every band is top-notch, three of them are Canadian (bonus!), and each one of them is just itching to assault one or more of your senses. Go on, go on! Go on go on go on.

As a quick aside - we used to get a lot of complaints that we showcased to much extreme, scary, nasty music and not enough nice, warm, fuzzy stuff which everyone can get into. If you want to complain about this, go to the thread and suggest something instead!

Old Man Gloom

Bio: Old Man Gloom is an incredibly crushing band with frontman Aaron Turner from ISIS and covers bandmates from the likes of Converge, ISIS, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Zozobra, Cave In and the Ocean. This sludge band packs heat with an unforeseen groove and pulsating riffs, sounding like a mixture of Converge, Neurosis and Zozobra. This band also works with ambient elements, but not just insignificant parts of songs, whole actual songs throughout their albums, setting the mood for the sharply crushing songs to come barging in.

Sounds like: Neurosis, Zozobra, Converge.

Why listen: incredible riffs, short devastating songs and ambient mellow soundscapes.

First four songs off Meditations in B.

Myspace.com

-Illuminatiano

Adversarial

Bio: Completely morbid and over the top Black/Death Metal, with a refined sense of melody and musicianship.Taking to the Canadian tradition, the band relies heavily on bombastic percussion and all out agression.Erie atmospheric riffs contrasts the initial bombardment at times acting as"the eye of the storm" so to say. Very intricate muscianship that flirts between extreme dissonance, majestic melodies and Death Metal brutality sets them apart, as this band is anything but one dimensional. On top of that the songwriting is very insightfull and well crafted. One of better new bands to come out of Canada. People who are interested in extreme metal that pushes new boundaries, while staying true to the foundation that it flourished would do themselves in checking this out.

Sounds like: Mitochondrion (somewhat)

Why listen?: Sonic mastery of occult death/black metal,intricate melodies,bone crushing brutality and excellent songwriting.

Myspace.com

-Riffmast

Vengeful

Bio: Incredible death metal from Montreal. Their sophomore release is one of the best of '09 for sure. Really, modern metal the way it should be done. Incredibly heavy and brutal without becoming generic and boring like a lot of BDM, and technical and interesting without becoming wank. The final song on the second album is a 21 minute death metal masterpiece, and features Luc Lemay of Gorguts on vocals. As always, Canada outshines the rest of the world when it comes to good metal. These dudes are already hard at work on a third full-length.

Sounds like: Gorguts, Suffocation, Ulcerate, Nile

Why listen?: Fine modern death metal with great production and sweet riffs. And a 21 minute death metal epic.

Myspace.com

-Romencer17

Biophobia

Bio: Black/Death metal that straddles both genres in an interesting way. Hailing from Bulgaria, they were outside of most regional scenes, and showed up too late in the 90's to make a real splash. Nevertheless there is some great riffing to be heard on their two full lengths (provided you can find them).

Sounds like: A blakked up version of Darkthrone's Soulside Journey, but it's fairly unique stuff.

Why listen?: Interesting fusion of black and death metal riffing without straying into cliche.

Intro / After The Pain, From Transition to eternity

Myspace.com (unofficial) (not to be confused with another band called Biophobia from Venezuela)

-Cambyses

Mitochondrion

Bio: Mitochondrion have been booting Canadian buttocks since 2003. After a couple of demos, they released a stunning and disturbing full-length, Archaeaeon, in 2008. They've since released a split album, and more is sure to follow. Their brand of punishing extremity should be enough to chill the coldest indie heart, with a heady and giggly mix of electronica, death metal, black metal, and even an occasional clean interlude. Don't take this for a silly gimmick - the songs are coherent and unrelenting even through the periods of relative calm. As soon as something reveals itself to you, something else will be lurking in the background for the next listen.

Sounds like: A windy, shrieking, electronic hell of flurrying guitars, constantly pounding drums, uncomfortable tempos and ghoulish vocals. Like no other death/black band you'll ever hear, but try Akercocke, Portal or Arkhon Infaustus for something vaguely similar.

Why listen: It's not easy to get into, but once you get over the trebly production and force apart the curtains of electronic noise and unusual song structures, there's genuinely powerful, sinister and enthralling music waiting to disturb you from your tugging.

First song off Archaeaeon.

Myspace.com

-Webbtje

Join us next, week, no, er, whenever the next time is, for more aural pain!

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Burning_Angel
    KJKINFLAMES wrote: uh this article is pretty brutal.. there is not a band for everyone and to say that us Canadians outshine other country's in metal is just ridiculous... we got some decent bands but not the best in the world.. that is your opinion not for the rest of us... we dont have too many solid metal groups that are well known through out the world... nothing like a soilwork or insomnium... for black metal how about all of Norway?? i think that the bands you listed are decent (i don't enjoy a couple) but your review is not very well written... glad to see this return because its good to hear new bands and for that aspect i enjoyed this so keep it up...
    Arguably, aside from some certain bands, Norway is overrated and has been surpassed by France, Canada, Germany, and others in BM output. Arguably.
    TsarBomba
    KJKINFLAMES wrote: uh this article is pretty brutal.. there is not a band for everyone and to say that us Canadians outshine other country's in metal is just ridiculous... we got some decent bands but not the best in the world.. that is your opinion not for the rest of us... we dont have too many solid metal groups that are well known through out the world... nothing like a soilwork or insomnium... for black metal how about all of Norway?? i think that the bands you listed are decent (i don't enjoy a couple) but your review is not very well written... glad to see this return because its good to hear new bands and for that aspect i enjoyed this so keep it up...
    Holy shit, reading this hurt my brain badly. Please leave Canada.
    Deplorable
    Cambyses wrote: It would be easier if there wasn't so much good death/black being released.
    Hey man, I ain't hatin', I'm jus' sayin' is all. ALl the bands are pretty ****ing awesome.
    Riffmast
    Oh wow,i wrote my review in way too much of hurry, sorry for the poorly written last sentence of mine. "People who are interested in extreme metal that pushes new boundaries, while staying true to the foundation that it flourished from, would do themselves good in checking this out." is what i meant to say lol.
    Cambyses
    Deplorable wrote: We tried to reduce our death/black metal output and we got one band that wasn't death/black metal. A sound improvement.
    It would be easier if there wasn't so much good death/black being released.
    webbtje
    I'd also love to know where, in the article, anybody said that Canadian metal outshines that which comes from all the other countries.
    webbtje
    KJKINFLAMES wrote: we dont have too many solid metal groups that are well known through out the world...
    Martyr, Gorguts, Voivod, Despised Icon, Cryptopsy, Neuraxis, Annihilator, Devin Townsend/SYL, Ion Dissonance, Kataklysm, Quo Vadis... not well known?
    Scrubb
    Sweet article, I'm always up for new bands. But If u want to hear a kick ass metal band, come to Utah. I know what you're thinking, our great state just screams METAL! Check out the bands "A Flatline Tragedy" and "Simple As Suicide"
    illuminatiano
    KJKINFLAMES wrote: uh this article is pretty brutal.. there is not a band for everyone and to say that us Canadians outshine other country's in metal is just ridiculous... we got some decent bands but not the best in the world.. that is your opinion not for the rest of us... we dont have too many solid metal groups that are well known through out the world... nothing like a soilwork or insomnium... for black metal how about all of Norway?? i think that the bands you listed are decent (i don't enjoy a couple) but your review is not very well written... glad to see this return because its good to hear new bands and for that aspect i enjoyed this so keep it up...
    it wasn't intentionally australian bands, just the odds. Besides, are you REALLY comparing soilwork and imsomnium to adversarial, vengeful and mitochondrion ? C'mon, different genres and different leagues man. If you want to contribute a band, you're free to do so.
    KJKINFLAMES
    uh this article is pretty brutal.. there is not a band for everyone and to say that us Canadians outshine other country's in metal is just ridiculous... we got some decent bands but not the best in the world.. that is your opinion not for the rest of us... we dont have too many solid metal groups that are well known through out the world... nothing like a soilwork or insomnium... for black metal how about all of Norway?? i think that the bands you listed are decent (i don't enjoy a couple) but your review is not very well written... glad to see this return because its good to hear new bands and for that aspect i enjoyed this so keep it up...
    andyscoot
    Contributed to the last one, when i wasn't a reg, but hey, i'll continue to do so. More forums should do this really!
    illuminatiano
    Just look at who contributed it! Everything's still in order
    You Philippian bastard you, go make some halo-halo dish or something.
    Night_Lights wrote: Thanks for introducing me to Old Man Gloom. I love Isis and Converge.
    no problem, glad you like them !
    Macabre Lullaby
    Proud to be Canadian. Our bands rule. Especially the ones that don't break up right after building a rabid underground fanbase. ...that happens a lot.
    The Wildchild
    Deplorable wrote: We tried to reduce our death/black metal output and we got one band that wasn't death/black metal. A sound improvement.
    Just look at who contributed it! Everything's still in order
    we_built_a_tree
    Don't worry, I'll try to up the ante with some thrash come next time. Nevertheless, good to see this back, yar.
    Deplorable
    We tried to reduce our death/black metal output and we got one band that wasn't death/black metal. A sound improvement.
    romencer17
    webbtje wrote: I'd also love to know where, in the article, anybody said that Canadian metal outshines that which comes from all the other countries.
    actually i said that in the vengeful part. hehe