Metal Forum Recommends. Part 9

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Welcome to the ninth instalment of our lovely little article series. Only here you can fully savour the joy of being told what to listen to by a bunch of condescending metalheads while they will happily slag off your taste in music and quite possibly everything else about you.

As always, here we have five particularly fine specimen describing one band each that they think worthy of your time - yet beware! This time around, there is something substantially different. What that is, I hear you asking, struggling to prevent the sheer excitement from leaking out? Read on...

Excoriate

Bio: Excoriate are a filthy death/thrash band from Germany. Sadly, they only released one album, On Pestilent Winds (which was released posthumously), before breaking up in 2006. Sadly, this album is much too short (7 songs in 34 minutes). They reunited to do a few shows in 2009 and 2010.

Sounds like: Death metal with a strong thrash influence (basically a giant riff fest). Imagine Pestilence's Consuming Impulse carried out with the rawness of Sepultura's Morbid Visions album.

Why listen? So you can hear some awesome RIFFS! They even have a Sepultura cover!

Myspace.com Metal archives

-sg_man08

Grand Belial's Key

Bio: Black metal band formed circa 1992, which has then had a constantly changing line up, with Gelal Necrosodomy (guitarist, also of Arghoslent) being the only founding member.

Sounds like: Rifftastic black metal with filthy, yet melodic riffs which don't conform to the constant trem picking affair heard from a slew of bands who play in the same style. More akin to black metal acts which lean more toward traditional heavy metal (Mortuary Drape, being one). Black metal that actually rocks, so to speak. Lyrics are blasphemies of the highest order, often involving bible mockery of some sort.

Why listen? You need some killer riffs in your life, that's why.

Foul Parody of the Lord's Supper Official website Metal archives

-The Wildchild

Wodensthrone

Bio: Wodensthrone was formed in Winterfylle of 2005, in the Sundered Lands of North Eastern England. In these formative days, the clan's sound was raw and primitive, but still hinted at a sense of sorrow, with lyrics focusing on the darker aspects of England's history. However, by Eostremona of 2006, the clan's music had developed both technically and melodically, and it was at this point that Wodensthrone truly began to resemble their current incarnation, growing both musically and conceptually. To date they have a split with the band Niroth, and a split with the band Folkvang called Over the Binding of the Waves. Their dbut album Loss was released on Bindrune Recordings in 2009, and has since been reissued by Candlelight Records since the band signed to the label in early 2010.

Sounds like: "Wodensthrone take their inspiration from Britain's forgotten heathen past, creating epic, sorrowful pagan black metal." I think the words folky, epic, atmospheric and black metal sum them up best. Comparisons can be made to older Drudkh, Negura Bunget (of whom a few of the members produced Loss), Askival, Hate Forest and Absu amongst others.

Why listen? The UK black metal scene is better than it has ever been, there are a lot of great bands, and in my opinion these guys are the the best of the bunch. Whilst they might not be the most accessible from the off, I think they are certainly one of the most rewarding once you embrace it.

Hefungtid Myspace Metal archives

-AnnihiSlateR

Mutant

Bio: Mutant are a thrash metal band hailing from Great Britain, formed in 2004. For an unsigned band, they have been keeping an unusually high profile, with rave reviews following them at every turn. A formative demo/EP was issued in 2006; in 2009, the much improved four-song Laserdrome EP followed, showcasing their progression from a relatively faceless new-wave sound to previously uncharted territory, namely by finding their distinct high-power brand of sci-fi thrash.

Sounds like: On the aforementioned Laserdrome, these lads sound like quite no-one else in the scene at the moment, with the catchy, muscular riffwork steeped in the right doses of proper thrash pummelling. Here we have non-wanky, memorable solos galore - even the bass gets his opportunities to shine! Four anthems of sheer youthful exuberance and power, always presented with a wink of the eye; you can almost hear this lot grin while they pull off their complex compositions with the greatest of ease.

Why listen? Clearly these blokes are better than the all your pitiful Eviles and Municipal Wastes could have ever dreamed to be in their pint-sized minds.

Scrap Brain Zone Myspace Metal archives

-we_built_a_tree

And after this masterpiece of a review, we come to the eagerly-anticipated changes to this series that have been oh so subtly hinted at in the opening paragraphs.

From this issue onwards, we will give the regular contributors of our forum the opportunity to show our readers what the Metal Forum is into outside of metal. Here we will show you our most-loved artists in all sorts of genres, from Romantic Era composers to jazz to breakbeat to post-rock... which neatly leads us to the following band.

Mono

Bio: Mono is an instrumental Japanese post-rock band with classical influence that combines melancholic melodies with screeching noise, creating unparalleled auditory imagery. Across all five of their albums lie five whole new voyages waiting to be ventured into. From the experimentation and noiserock buildups on One More Step and You Die to the orchestral instrumentation and mesmerizing melodic layers of Hymn to the Immortal Wind, your breath will be taken away and your past preconceptions of music shattered.

Sounds like: A mixture of Mogwai, Boris, Ludwig van Beethoven and Henryk Grecki.

Why listen? "Listening to the distant sounds of beating wings, she gently releases the remaining ashes into the river, but they do not sink. Instead, they are swept into the wind and take flight towards the horizon that lies ahead. She watches them travel on, marveling at the tenacity of their endless journey. A bridge glows in the light of the setting sun as he takes her hand and guides her into the ground and into the abyss, listening to the hymn in the air, the hymn of the immortal wind."

Pure as Snow (Trails of the Winter Storm, Ashes in the Snow (live with orchestra)

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-Illuminatiano

That's all, folks! Stick around for MFR number 10.

40 comments sorted by best / new / date

    illuminatiano
    pretty sure this is the 10th one but whatever. Great band, I'll have to get some Grand belial's Key and Excoriate, cheers.
    we_built_a_tree
    SoulSyphon wrote: More Thrash! Mutant was killer recommendation.
    Cheers, glad you enjoyed them. Check out some of the older Metal Forum Recommends instalments, there's tonnes of good stuff to be found.
    illuminatiano
    loaded_ wrote: Apparently metal only consists of thrash, death and black.. It's ok that you show a band that isn't metal but why not show a band that's a different kind of metal?
    Erm what, we've had doom,stoner,post-metal bands in past articles mang. And besides, are you REALLY complaining that a metal recommendations article contains black, death and thrash metal ? What the hell were you expecting otherwise ?
    CrossBack7
    Mono is awesome, nice pick. I'm not a big death/doom/black metal guy, so rest were all whatever to me.
    Riffmast
    loaded_ wrote: Apparently metal only consists of thrash, death and black.. It's ok that you show a band that isn't metal but why not show a band that's a different kind of metal?
    And yet we've had heavy metal,stone,doom,post-metal etc. What would you like to see more of in specific?
    illuminatiano
    overkill127 wrote: mono is spectacular. thanks!
    CrossBack7 wrote: Mono is awesome, nice pick. I'm not a big death/doom/black metal guy, so rest were all whatever to me.
    Kakatara wrote: Saw Mono live this past summer. Most amazing concert I've ever seen.
    I'm glad you enjoy them ! Pass by the metal forums sometimes and contribute something if you want.
    Knucklehead Dyl
    loaded_ wrote: Apparently metal only consists of thrash, death and black.. It's ok that you show a band that isn't metal but why not show a band that's a different kind of metal?
    like folk metal!
    loaded_
    Apparently metal only consists of thrash, death and black.. It's ok that you show a band that isn't metal but why not show a band that's a different kind of metal?
    AnnihiSlateR
    Wodensthrone have element's, but for more propper folk metal look out for Odroerir in a future column, and when I get round to it, there will be one on Temnozor eventually.
    AnnihiSlateR
    Could have sworn I replied here. Yes Wodensthrone have elements of Folk, but for proper folk there should be an Odroerir in the near future, and a Temnozor one when I get round to writing it.
    Rotenn
    Why listen? You need some killer riffs in your life, that's why.
    Honestly I appreciate the work you put into this but you lose all credibility with such a biased and non descriptive sentence, your supposed to tell me why they are killer riffs.
    severed-metal
    Granted, I don't judge you on your spelling/grammar abilities, you shouldn't really base your entire judgment on a single line. "Lose all credibility" is a knee jerk reaction, don't be so critical. These guys aren't professional writers, and I doubt they intend to be. Give them the benefit of the doubt.
    The Wildchild
    Rotenn wrote: Honestly I appreciate the work you put into this but you lose all credibility with such a biased and non descriptive sentence, your supposed to tell me why they are killer riffs.
    How would one describe riffs, man? Should I be like, this riff goes "chugga chugga squee blastblast"? Seriously though,
    we_built_a_tree
    2 spam posts already? What is this tomfoolery?
    illuminatiano wrote: pretty sure this is the 10th one but whatever. Great band, I'll have to get some Grand Belial's Key and Excoriate, cheers.
    I may be a bit shaky on the weekdays, but damn me if I'm unable to count properly! (at least up to eleven, from there on it's the purest hell.)
    Colohue wrote: My sheer excitement leaked a little...
    Haha, cheers. Keep 'em coming, people, any comments, be it praise or criticism, are very much appreciated...
    andyscoot
    Great formatting lads, you've done a really good job! GBK is the only band I don't know on this one, but all the ones i do know are absolute quality. Keep up the good work
    Amuro Jay
    severed-metal wrote: we_built_a_tree is pretty gay
    Yeah. Mono and Mutant sound awesome, though.
    we_built_a_tree
    What are you doing CC, that guy you quoted still needs his fill of b&! So, now that the metal regs agree on this being good, it'd be nice to have some actual newcomers to metal discover this.
    severed-metal
    jetfuel agrees with me, we're practically brothers. Andy, I think we should start advertising this more..As we really are the only ones submitting anyways.
    AnnihiSlateR
    Looks good. I might have to check out a band or two here. I somehow overlooked the fact Mutant were being included this week, quality band right there. Never have I enjoyed seeing a band who I hadn't listened to before as much as I did when I saw Mutant.
    BlackSymphony6
    I didn't know GBK shared a member with Arghoslent, kinda figures though. Been pimping Wodensthrone for a while. Missed their show with Winterfylleth, bah!
    The Wildchild
    sammo_boi wrote: Mutant are like the best thrash band since old Metallica.
    Now, now, I wouldn't say that.
    Amuro Jay
    we_built_a_tree wrote: What are you doing CC, that guy you quoted still needs his fill of b&!
    But, you know, he's severed-metal, we're practically brothers. For what it's worth, I mixed you up with The Wildchild when I typed that.
    illuminatiano
    Burning_Angel wrote: Mono = A. Ma. Zing. Danke, illum.
    Glad you enjoy them ! Listening through Hymn To The Immortal Wind with headphones whilst talking a walk is truly breathtaking.
    sammo_boi
    Mutant are like the best thrash band since old Metallica. Their EP is an amazing listen. Fingers crossed for a full length album from them Thanks heaps for the rec!
    The Wildchild
    Accidentally hit the post button. Continuing... Seriously though, GBK's riffs are very peculiar in BM in the sense that they are melodic (not Dimmu Borgir/Cradle melodic) and that they have groove (not the Pantera, Disturbed boneheaded kind of groove), much like the metal bands of the early 80s (Cloven Hoof comes to mind). Just listen to Foul Parody of the Lord's Supper (the link included in the article) in its entirety to get a gist of what I'm talking about.