Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Edge Of Attack’s Roxanne Gordey

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.

The new topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we continue this ongoing series with an entry from Roxanne Gordey of Edge of Attack.

No talented group should go unnoticed in this day and age, where anyone has access to the internet and multitudes of great musicians. To find the gems amongst thousands of options is a considerable challenge, however. In my digital travels I have encountered some lesser-known ensembles that warrant your attention.

Ancient Bards
This Italian group comprised of six members brings together qualities of power and symphonic metal and wraps them in a storybook of songwriting. Across their two releases thus far, Alliance of Kings, and Soulless Child, they tell a story of Daltor the Dragon hunter and a sword of mythical power. Both a must-have for fans of the concept album, the story features gleaming femme vocals and some of the most riveting bass lines I’ve ever heard.

The Commander-In-Chief
From Norway, this sensational solo artist brews a novel and unexpected brand of progressive rock/metal. She is fully accountable for the radical sounds found on her debut EP, Evolution, in having not only shredded the seven-string herself, but also provided technical, classically trained vocals on her self-written tracks. Gaining recognition in many major publications, there’s a good chance you may have seen her face, but consider this encouragement to hear her sound.

Ghost
This not-so-merry band of nameless ghouls from Sweden won me over with their smooth, entrancing sound. Reminiscent of older occult themed bands with strong doom metal tendencies, Ghost released their debut album Opus Eponymous in 2010 and their follow up is expected this year. These guys are a tour machine, going non-stop since their release and posting dozens of shows across the entire world. I haven’t had the experience of seeing them in person, but footage doesn’t lie. Their face paint and long robes add a hauntingly sinister vibe to their on-stage appeal.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.