Unsigned Talent Of The Month: June 2010

Over the summer I hope this article to be buoyed by touring schedules of increasing regularity.

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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.

Send your suggestions to sam.agini@ultimate-guitar.com and add me on http://www.myspace.com/samrgini.

Samuel Agini

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Burgery
    You should definitely have Rapture in your next post. Here's some of their stuff:
    badfish8712
    You guys should honestly look up Against The Grain. I think there from Detriot. There a mix of thrash/punk, blues, and rock n roll. They have a real different sound then alot of the bands out now.
    eroticvultcha
    Cheers for the positive Mutant Culture review. I'm the lead singer and we broke up about a year ago literally thinking we had zero fans. Great to get some posthumous publicity! (Oh, and FrauVfromPoB is probably right, too, as much as we love old hardcore punk).
    Shreddinator666
    Yinzer wrote: Doubleday wrote: I remember seeing Hyperion last summer; they sucked. Bad. There's a reason these bands aren't signed... Oh yeah? Where's your bands link smart ass? Is it ILoveMudvayne.org ?
    HAHAHA Mudvayne sucks ass! By the way you don't have a band link either. I would put one up but my local band actually has a small record label deal.
    Yinzer
    Oh, and Trivium sucks and they've always sucked. They suck just as much as Disturbed, Powerman5000, and Alien Ant Farm.
    Yinzer
    Doubleday wrote: I remember seeing Hyperion last summer; they sucked. Bad. There's a reason these bands aren't signed...
    Oh yeah? Where's your bands link smart ass? Is it ILoveMudvayne.org ?
    ss311
    Gregray88 wrote: What really pissed me off is that you felt you had to state that you don't listen to Trivium, and realize they aren't "metal", in order to cover your ass from the "big bad ol' elitists". Really unprofessional imo.
    I own two of Trivium's albums. I have enjoyed their stuff in the past. I do realise that they are not metal per se. That is not unprofessional to admit. Furthermore, trying to say they are metal is to ignore the debate over the band's genre.
    Doubleday
    I remember seeing Hyperion last summer; they sucked. Bad. There's a reason these bands aren't signed...
    cbusch08
    Ok, so some of these bands are legit. I know of a great great metal/hard rock band that is trying to get there music out there. They are from Kansas, but they rock the sh*t outta the place when they play. Check Delirium out on myspace. http://www.myspace.com/deliriumks
    FrauVfromPoB
    I would just like to point out that I see no similarities at all between Mutant Culture and 80's hardcore. They weren't bad, just not hardcore punk in any way. Good list though.
    ErrConde
    Cocaina Is the name of the song Here you go... some good old rock in spanish..... 2 bass players on this band check it out VINILOVERSUS FTW
    ErrConde
    You should listen try reviewing some spanish rock!! Check out a band called ViniloVersus
    korbhag
    Gregray88 wrote: What really pissed me off is that you felt you had to state that you don't listen to Trivium, and realize they aren't "metal", in order to cover your ass from the "big bad ol' elitists". Really unprofessional imo.
    This. And the fact that you dissed Lynyrd Skynyrd. How old are you 12 years old?
    Gregray88
    What really pissed me off is that you felt you had to state that you don't listen to Trivium, and realize they aren't "metal", in order to cover your ass from the "big bad ol' elitists". Really unprofessional imo.
    CrossBack7
    Check out The Paramedic. www.myspace.com/paramedicrock They have a six song EP out, it's pretty impressive. But they're definitely relatively unknown.
    IRONMAIDENTLICA
    When i first glanced at the home page I thought this said "Untalented Bands of the Month" and I was thining thats really mean they write an article like that... anwyways, definitly checking out a few of these bands, i love these, nice job
    OscarRandevik
    ill tell you about a unsigned band who deserves an interview. Atmosfear! www.myspace.com/atmosfearsweden Ple ase, check them out, they put alot of effort in thier music and so on, it would mean alot if you just checked them out!
    ss311
    FrauVfromPoB wrote: I would just like to point out that I see no similarities at all between Mutant Culture and 80's hardcore. They weren't bad, just not hardcore punk in any way. Good list though.
    You're joking? No similarities whatsoever?