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 Car Bomb’s Greg Kubacki.
This New Zealand based quartet is by far one of the most dissonant and technical bands out there. The album Everything Is Fire completely blew me away with it’s relentless spider riffing (lots of big stretches and string skipping.) The guitarists never play any major or minor chords, just minor 2nds and major 7th notes. After a while you become numb to all the anti-harmony and they start to sound really drony. And all the while they’re blasting through odd time signatures. Check out the track “Withered and Obsolete,” especially the riff that starts at 3:21…absolutely nuts. Sounds like a pterodactyl getting choked by a shark.
Don’t let the name fool you: this band is serious business. It consists of members of Confessor and Breadwinner, both based out of Virginia. No vocals, no solos, just super sludgy odd time riffs that are impossible to count along to (I’ve been listening to their latest album for three months and still have no idea what’s going on.) Sounds like a scratched up Helmet CD that keeps skipping. Steve Shelton is one of the most creative metal drummers of all time and must hold the record for most cymbal chokes in one song. Check out “Underwear Bomb” off of the album Iron Balls of Steel and you’ll see what I mean.
This band is actually kind of popular but I’m always surprised by how many heavy music fans don’t know who they are. This Sacramento quartet has gotta be of the angriest and most energetic bands out there. They play simple straight up hard core from the good ol’ days but for some reason they seem to be able to crank the energy level way higher than other bands in the genre. The guitarist knows only about 7 power chords, but totally crushed. And the singer is PISSED!!!!! I’m addicted. Check out “Explode” from the album Eyes & Nines and start breaking bottles over babies.
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