By now, you should know the drill. We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should. Today’s column comes from Arterial Mist’s Jake Davis.
I am the least “death metal” person in my band. My personal influences span a wide variety of metal sub-genres and death metal has not been one of them until recently. My vinyl collection consists of mostly rock and roll, thrash, and folk metal. So for this I thought I would talk about my favorite band, a killer death/thrash band, and something more off the wall, maybe a little strange.
First I’ll talk about Exeloume. Hailing from Norway, their first full length album, Fairytale of Perversion hit the world in 2011. They’re sound is something all their own. The music is energetic enough to never allow a dull moment, its catchy and something you can bang your head to, and technical in a way unique to them. Technical, death/thrash with a sprinkling of Norwegian black metal to top it off.
The drummer stands out as almost having a jazz like style and the vocals are dirty and evil with good blackened highs and rumbling low growls when you don’t expect it. All the members of this band compliment each other and it shows. An excellent band. Give them a listen
Now I’m going to get weird. The band Gogol Bordello is truly a band with a sound that isn’t matched by another. They are a gypsy/punk band from New York, made up of members with heritage spanning Europe, South America, Russia, and other parts of the world. If you like drinking, dancing, partying, and having a good time listen up, because that’s what they’re all about. Heavy Ukrainian gypsy influence with punk rock thrown in the mix pretty much sums them up.
On their albums you’ll hear accordion, violin, saxophone, and all kinds of backing gang vocals. Then their singer tops it off with his almost gruff and very energetic voice, staying up beat and in your face. All around great band and great party music. Check them out.
I know its a bold statement to say with the multitude of great even amazing bands, but I pinpoint this one as my favorite. Not one song do they have that I don’t like. Every song tells an entirely different story in a very poetic way. They come from Sweden and incorporate Swedish language into many songs and Swedish folk music into just about every song. The music is heavy and extremely catchy, very melodic, and emotional. The musicianship this band shows is unmatched by many bands. The vocals set off the music and the music drives and compliments the vocals.
Professional Swedish actor and singer, Mathias Blad, is the perfect fit for this band. He stands out and gives the band a sound of class and professionalism, but still maintaining a heavy folk metal sound and powerful presence. Amazing music, killer guitar solos, a rock steady rhythm section, and songs that will take the mind on a journey. A great listen and experience. So go now and experience Falconer.
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