It's been a while since I last wrote up an article about the unsigned bands deserving of your attention. The fact of the matter is that I've just been waiting for some unsigned bands worthy of your attention. Over the summer I hope this article to be buoyed by touring schedules of increasing regularity. With an artist as elevated and important as Slash now undeniably frequenting UG at least every now and again, perhaps the time is right to make yourselves noticed.I'd like to point out Titans Eve, a band I like because of their anthem-filled nature. The songs on show are very easy to sing along to, and that could be just what is needed in metal today. This was what first drew me to bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Trivium. I don't currently listen to Trivium, and for the puritans out there, I am aware of the fact that they are not strictly speaking a metal band. I think my point stands that metal bands with anthems make it very easy for the listener unaccustomed to the sheer aggression of the metal genre to become captivated by it. Titans Eve can do just that, the Gamblin brothers' bellowing vocals able to attract both the casual listener and the experienced metal head. Stand out tracks from this band based in Vancouver, Canada include Judgement, Nightfall, and Becoming the Demon. N
The band's touring schedule should enable our North American readers to see Titans Eve live, with several shows planned this summer. In fact, the full touring schedule stretches as far as September. It is this organization and determination to succeed that drew me to feature Titans Eve.In October 2008 I wrote about Hyperion, a metal band whose repertoire was rather inchoate, even lacking in sophistication. Nearly two years ago I questioned the band's ability to really induce headbanging on grander scale. Two years later I find a band far more refined, still producing music without the aid of a record label, even managing to secure several endorsements from companies along the way. To Write a Name in Wax is a track of epic proportions, Hyperion's musical fluency and maturity being met with a vocal potency unrivalled by many bands today. I'm not trying to talk these guys up, and I won't tell lies: there is technical proficiency on show here, but Hyperion isn't an overtly technical band. There is immediacy to their brand of metal; and that is not to say that it is pop metal, for Rick's vocals ensure the band's anti-mainstream status in the best way possible.
Overseer is another excellently worked song, the drama coming in at all the right places, with Hyperion drawing on influences as diverse as Iron Maiden (the warbled Dickinson-esque vocals) and modern metal (such as CoB).
Since 2008 the band has inevitably experienced line-up changes, but not so inevitably survived them. It remains to be seen whether Hyperion can take the next step to finding label support, but the lack of a label does not mitigate the fineness and development of this band.Coax Rhino initially had my attention in their clutches because of the superb photograph at the top of their myspace page. Fortunately my initial pleasure was sustained even after hearing the music online. Coax Rhino had what could be described as an Indie sound, but don't be alarmed: it's not tedious or uninteresting. Instead, Coax Rhino has a cutting edge.
It is not quite as obscene as the punk scene of the 1970s, but just listen to Don't You Know should you require proof of Coax Rhino's legitimacy as a band that can mix the aggression of the Hives with compelling song writing. Steinberg, McGinley, Dailey, and Sondej have provided EPs for free download, and with so much controversy about illegal file sharing, why not listen to unsigned bands whose music is their own? Listen to Coax Rhino.Another band I featured months ago, Voodoo Johnson has been taking some important steps since we last visited their myspace page. With over 276000 plays, the only bad thing about this band is the band member sporting a Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt in the band photo emblazoned on the Voodoo Johnson myspace page. Aside from that momentary lapse, Voodoo Johnson has secured label backing, and has an album set for release soon. Listen hard to Seven Years, an ambitious track steeped in classic rock influences. Well done to another band featured in this column months ago!
I'd also like to draw UG's attention to Victor Gann, also featured in a previous article. He's looking for band members, and if you can match his virtuoso guitar skills, I'm dying to hear his new band!I'll openly admit it: Mutant Culture did not at face value impress me. Then I listened to Cinderella, a song so righteously powerful that I need not conceal that I'm currently whipping out all of my old 1980s hardcore to get back into the genre. If you don't have that luxury, then perhaps you can avoid the hullabaloo regarding illegal file sharing by listening to Mutant Culture as opposed to old hardcore. These are times worthy of contemporary anger, after all. As much as like the songs on show, their palpable and very real intensity induces a certain fear of meeting the men behind it. I can't express just how much I love Mutant Culture. They have the Dead Kennedys' quirky insanity, but also the demeanour of Rage Against the Machine. Vigilante not only shows Mutant Culture off as must-hear band, but also presents itself as the song that should have been the soundtrack for the Nicholas Cage-starring movie Kick Ass. For all of you Muse fans out there, just listen to the bass riff leading up to the 3-minute mark of this song. Masters of tempo, Mutant Culture have the production, songs and aggression to truly warrant attention. New Religion shows the band's versatility.
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