Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Nephelium’s Alan Madhavan

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal 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 written by Nephelium’s Alan Madhavan.

Diskreet
Formed in 2003 out of Topeka, Kansas, Diskreet are a technical death metal band that offer some of the most invigorating hybrids of brutality and groove. Check out the song “Infernal Throne” from their EP entitled Infernal Rise. 2010 marked the year of their first full-length called Engage the Mechanicality, which really showcases the band’s talent. If you are a fan of uncompromising, relentless drumming and face-melting shredding on the axe, be sure to check these guys out! It’s not often these days that you hear guitars being mimicked with snare patterns down to the tiniest interval.

Stampin’ Ground
The now disbanded Stampin’ Ground was a hardcore/groove metal band from the UK. If there were a course in hardcore, these guys would be professors! Check out “Officer Down” for a taste of this band’s originality, in my eyes anyway. Skinsman, Neil Hutton also played with Nuclear Blast’s Benediction for a while, which, if you’ve heard them, tells you what kind of rhythm attack you’re looking at. Not only hardcore but thrashy at times, these guys know when to drive a riff home with good old thrash/punk skank beats to slow, earthmoving heaviness…killer riffs and sledge-hammer like drum lines leaving you no choice but to bang your fuckin’ head!

Deamon
Straight up, in your face death metal, Deamon from Ottawa have devastated stages, sometimes alongside us on Canadian soil. These guys bring it right from the gut! Guttural vocals, crushing guitars and machine gun like drums creating an adamant onslaught. Check out “Gutted” from their album Descend Dethrone – one of my favorites amongst the awesomeness on there! If you haven’t already done so, you NEED to give these guys a spin…NOW!!!

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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.