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