Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Blood Of Kings’ Eric Jelsing

Need something new to listen to? Try these bands on for size

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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 Eric Jelsing, the drummer for Blood of Kings.

Terra Caput Mundi
Blasting out of St. Louis, Missouri, Terra Caput Mundi play a ripping blend of old school speed/thrash metal. Think the teutonic riff meltdown of Living Death and early Angel Dust with the unmistakable vocals of Schmier from Destruction (who they recently warmed up for in their hometown) mixed with rad sci-fi and Warhammer 40k lyrics!

Highly recommended. Their second album entitled Lost in the Warp will soon be available on vinyl via Witches Brew (Germany) with a couple bonus tracks. Until then, you can pick it up directly from them on CD and cassette.

Hedlok
We had the privilege of playing a gig with the maniacs in Hedlok on our stop in Chicago last year. They fucking ripped!

Totally gritty and evil black/thrash. Old Sodom, Kreator and Bathory worship all the way! The three-piece tore through their short set with a vengeance, I didn’t want it to end! They recently released an EP called Year of the Wolf. You can pick it up on cassette directly from them. Do not miss out!

Hessian
Another band we had the pleasure of playing a few shows with in the Northeast last year. Hailing from Portland, Maine, Hessian play a very excellent brand of old metal. Think of all your favorite NWOBHM bands then add in dueling male and female vocals.

They put on a fantastic live show as well. Recommended for fans of the ancient masters Angel Witch, Cloven Hoof, Diamond Head and Manilla Road. Do yourself a great favor and check them out!

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