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.
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.
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.
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.
Myspace.com (unofficial) (not to be confused with another band called Biophobia from Venezuela)
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.
Join us next, week, no, er, whenever the next time is, for more aural pain!