Readers’ Bands: California’s Otoño Are Severe

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If you like your metal rough, raw, and without all the frills that come with enlisting a capable producer, then you’re going to dig Otoño. From their pictures, it would appear that Otoño has no drummer. Which leads me to believe they use a drum machine. Wouldn’t be the first time a band’s done this […]

Readers’ Bands: Brazilian Thrash From Skinlepsy

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This week, we decided to do a little feature on Skinlepsy for our Readers’ Bands column, because we’ve received several emails from the tenacious metallers. Well, we’ve mostly received emails from a dude named Evandro Jr., who plays in the Brazilian thrash act. “We would like to introduce to you our album Condemning the Empty […]

Readers’ Bands: Chris Picha’s A Progressive Pimp

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The subject of this week’s Readers’ Band column is one man. Just to clarify. The dude’s name is Chris Picha, and he’s a progressive metal guitarist who releases instrumental albums — the most recent, a four-song EP called Transcendence. Chris’ music follows at the end of this post, folks. Chris wrote us, asking for some […]

Readers’ Bands: Let’s Check Out The Opaque

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A while back, we received an email from a dude named Dan Dooley, the vocalist for a melodic death metal band based out of Los Angeles called The Opaque.   The band’s released a 5-track EP, and wanted to get some love on GSA for it. “We get a lot of comparisons to The Black […]

Readers’ Bands: Philly Sludge From Bardus

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Good news, kids. This week’s Readers’ Band is actually halfway decent, which is nice. I like when good bands fucking follow the page, and not ones that sound like more feminine versions of Black Veil Brides. Bardus are from Philadelphia, and for some reason, the sludgy noise rock outfit remain unsigned. That’s a tragedy, yo. […]

Readers’ Bands: Writhe Rip

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A while back, we here at Gunshy Assassin received an email from a fellow named T.J., who plays in Vermont-based unsigned band Writhe (who don’t have any band photos — hence, the imagery from their EP). T.J. praised the site, and wanted us to check out Writhe for a possible write-up in this column. “We’ve […]

Readers’ Bands: Rhetoric Are Pretty Insane

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I don’t know what to make of Rhetoric. I do know I kind of dig what they’re doing. It just sounds so much different than what’s going on in the scene these days I’m taken aback. Usually, Readers’ Bands are just derivative drivel. Rhetoric are comprised of members living in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The band […]

Readers’ Bands: Now, Here’s Lest We Forget

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I hate to be mean sometimes. I truly do. But I’d like to forget that someone from Lest We Forget reads the blog, because, well, they’re metal’s One Direction, basically. I mean, they seem like nice enough and pretty lads. They’re from England, after all. But Lest We Forget’s single, which they sent me a […]

Readers’ Bands: Trust That No Trust Rules

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I’ve gotta hand it to Ben Guzman. Not only is the dude in a fucking wicked awesome band called No Trust, he’s a smart fellow and a genuine reader of this site. He must be. His emailed to me carried the subject heading “Kate Upton.” You know I opened that motherfucker quick. My initial disappointment […]

Readers’ Bands: Valhalla Rising Are Rough And Raw

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This week, I decided to take some time out of my day to devote to Valhalla Rising, a London, Ontario-based four-piece that deals in straight fucking metal that’s raw and unrefined. This band could benefit from a producer, as you’ll see from the tune (a pre-production number) that follows at the end of this post. […]