Unsigned Artists Of The Month: October 2008

The idea I had for an article on an entire scene seems to have fallen flat on its face, with no interest shown.

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So far, so good, you might say; and, I'd be inclined to agree with you, because it seems that there is sufficient interest to motivate me in writing these articles. However, the idea I had for an article on an entire scene seems to have fallen flat on its face, with no interest shown. I'm looking for some bands that are a little zany, and if you can suggest either another band, or your own, please do so. I can be contacted via email and my myspace page. The publicity for unsigned bands and artists should not end with this column. Your suggestions and spreading of the link to this article is paramount to the artists' success; it is with this thought that I leave you to enjoy this month's article.

Mark Suffolk is the lead guitarist for Midlands band, the Hard Luck Saints . Mark Suffolk plays rock 'n' roll guitar as it should be played. His riffs are very boogie woogie, and his soloing skills leave the listener with something tasty to mull over. The band's EP: Life, Death, Sex and Whiskey is anything but contrite, and if you're looking for unapologetically raucous rock 'n' roll in the vein of Motorhead, ACDC or the Backyard Babies, you will be hard pressed to find an unsigned band with a front man as exciting as Alex De-Gruchy. What I like best about the Hard Luck Saints is that the music is played with an intensity that is tangibly lacking in modern music. Any band can write a song called Acceleration, but not many sound like they are accelerating; that endears the Hard Luck Saints to anyone. Sure, the band does incur certain problems, a distinctive originality being one of them, but in the event, it doesn't matter, because the band adds its own touch to the music of its influences. This is bolder than indie, and I can assure you that if Tuesday is The New Friday, it's because the Hard Luck Saints are playing at a venue near you.

Rating: 7
This month I have been fortunate enough to encounter two bands with the rawness that I enjoy most. The comparisons shall be inevitable between both The Hard Luck Saints and The Resistors. In contrast to the Hard Luck Saints, the Resistors are based in London.

Playing a brand of music inspired by punk legends The Damned and Black Flag establishes the Resistors' cutting edge, and listening to Defaulter, one wonders just how intense the band's live show can get. In any case, it must be far from boring. Ed, the guitarist, is not afraid of putting his foot down on his effects pedal, and, in combination with Geoff's rhythm bass playing, ensures that the Resistors are always moving. That is paramount to any band's success, and The Resistors really set the bench mark in that respect. The Resistors must provide nightmares for fortune tellers everywhere; there is no sense of prescience to the music, and with influences as far reaching as U2 and Depeche Mode, the raw punk edge is tempered my melody, talent, and Karl's ebullient vocals.

Rating: 9
No, my special metal edition of this column was not a one off. I shall continue to feature metal bands, because I have realized that I quite like them sometimes. This time, I would like to introduce Hyperion, from Pittsburgh. Vocalist, Rick, has superb diversity and is able to alternate between both melodious singing and screaming. Guitar duo-- Chuck and Jeremyboth fit the part well and the interplay that the duo conveys is startlingly restrained and tasteful. Another plus-point for Hyperion is that the band has no fear in taking on a metal instrumental. Metallica is often referred to by pundits and bands as the apex of the metal instrumental, and whilst I cannot claim that Hyperion matches the orchestral magnificence of Cliff Burton's masterful compositions, the band does not fail to impress. Hyperion's classic foundations belie the band's modern credentials; with or without my endorsement, this band should get a lot of heads nodding in approval. The overwhelming question, however, is whether this delectable band can rock hard enough for the slow nod to permeate to a head banging audience.

Rating: 8
Stigmata might be the name of a somewhat controversial 1999 film, but it is also the somewhat generic name of a band from Singapore. Generic name aside, the band is quite intriguing. It remains ambiguous to me as to whether or not the band is signed, but I have decided to press on, because a band that has popularized metal in Sri Lanka deserves recognition. Suresh, vocalist and front man, does his best to emulate the voice of arguably metal's best: Ronnie James Dio. He does not accomplish this, but the influence of Dio even in Sri Lanka is apparent; Suresh's vocals do branch out a bit, and it seems that the intense screams do belong to him. My Malice is arguably the exemplary track featured on the band's myspace; and it does sound particularly malicious. The band's sound is somewhat unrefined in places; for a metal band heading for its third album, this might not be welcomed with open arms, but this is an article for the unrefined. Another criticism to level is that there are some sections of songs that are beyond cheesy, but this far from detracts from Stigmata's iridescently gleaming musicianship. I'm not convinced that the band members are 'viciously good looking', but the music does it for me, and that's what I'll leave you with.

Rating: 7
Should you have an artist to recommend for future editions of this article, you can contact me at: sam.agini@ultimate-guitar.com. My myspace page is www.myspace.com/samrgini. Thank you for reading my ramblings.

42 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Rukasu Rindu
    Umm.. The picture on Stigmata can't be right. :S Aren't those from.. India or something? xD Ooh, and Hyperion + Stigmata = Win.
    Collard Greens
    vanshaya wrote: Metalguy1990 wrote: you can download Hyperion's tunes too! Swizzeet! where can I download them from?
    BRO, You spelled "Jeremy"'s name, from Hyperion, wrong. Go to their MySpace page: www.mypsace.com/hyperionmetal2 (: Love, Keisha. (The fully-figured black woman)
    beatlemaniac-93
    awesome article oh also, we're updating this soon - www.myspace.com/thefroobsmusic we've got a gig on the 15th i think, depends wether we go for it
    Hendrixreborn
    Hey I hear less calls for metal, and I'm with ya, check out my band we're called 'Derelict Highway' and we have a myspace and facebook, we're straight up Classic Rock - Blues, find us at: www.myspace.com/derelicthighway http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profil... 2&ref=ts the recordings are rough but let us know what you think. ~Xx peace xX~
    vanshaya
    Metalguy1990 wrote: you can download Hyperion's tunes too! Swizzeet!
    where can I download them from?
    Metalguy1990
    I just messaged them on myspace about their tracks, they asked for my email and sent them through there, since myspace players kinda suck now. Awesome guys, very nice!
    Collard Greens
    BRO, You spelled "Jeremy"'s name, from Hyperion, wrong. Go to their MySpace page: www.mypsace.com/hyperionmetal2 (: Love, Keisha. (The fully-figured black woman)
    Misfit-FTB
    Yeah, I suggest you check out Ahimsa Sunrise and Artica, both from Pennsylvania.
    |\puto_rodas/|
    well, I have my rights to do this xD check out this, im searching for musicians to play along with me, still, www.myspace.com/blackoutrevengis
    Collard Greens
    vanshaya wrote: Metalguy1990 wrote: you can download Hyperion's tunes too! Swizzeet! where can I download them from?
    Go to their MySpace page: www.mypsace.com/hyperionmetal2 (: Love, Keisha. (The fully-figured black woman)
    AwesomeDrummer
    hey, this segment is always great, but the resistors are clearly the best out of this month's list. How does a band have 70,000 friends and not have a label? that is a crime in itself.
    Unded_Metalhead
    YEAHHH!!!!im sri lankan...STIGMATA Rules!!!!nd y da hell is da pic of da drummer???put an actual pic of da band...
    stigmatasl
    hey guys would love to see our band picture in that review thanks for the feature about us. and we are from sri lanka pure sri lankan metal at its best**** recording our 3rd album now. will be out early next year\\\\\mmm///// www.myspace.com/stigmatasrilanka
    stigmatasl
    The new Wave of Asian heavy metal is rising up....check out more bands from sri lanka and maldives cheers..!
    imr5011
    Review Neocracy, Theyre an unsigned metal band from PA Also theirs Ahimsa Sunrise
    Tapping_Ninja
    Dude you need to check out Sana Rouge myspace.com/sanarouge or Ports or Adina myspace.com/portsofadiana
    Kotie
    The Stigmata picture is right. That's their drummer, though xD
    Persian Prince
    Check out Hatk at myspace.com/hatkband.it's a Persian thrash metal band & they're really doing great.I don't say it cause I'm a Persian,I really enjoyed their works.specially the guitars.
    MegaShreeder
    The Hard Luck Saints are simply awesome ! Better than all of those other bands ! FUCK YEAH ! Peace
    HavokStrife
    This is a lot better than the last unsigned one... The Resistors are way to gay for me though.
    korbhag
    Check out State of the Art, a pretty good progressive rock band! www.myspace.com/stateoftheartpq
    thenirve
    Whats with all the metal bands? It all sounds WAYYYY too familiar. I've heard all these bands before, we need a new type of band. We need Remora back, or High DeF. www.myspace.com/hdjm
    stigmatasl
    New stigmata album coming out early next year(3rd studio record) Pure Sri Lankan Metal