Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Craving’s Leonid Rubinstein

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Leonid Rubenstein, shot by Eye of MetalLeonid Rubenstein, shot by Eye of Metal

Leonid Rubenstein, shot by Eye of Metal

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 Craving’s Leonid Rubinstein. Enjoy.

An incredibly good heavy/power metal band from Bremen, Germany. Putting aside the great musicality, the end-time concept most of their songs and appearance revolves around and the music itself (in my opinion, a bastard between Sabaton and Grave Digger), a great thing about this band is the awesomeness of lead vocalist Andy Müller. That guy has one hell of a voice!

As some know, he helped us out with the vocals on “Dance With The Wind” on our current At Dawn album, but Dystopolis are really a band that demands to be discovered for their own sake!

Another band from the Bremen area (yes, I’m pretty into the local scene there since I lived in the neighborhood for ages) that please…well…seriously, what the hell is this? Soft, mellow, cheesy and incredibly catchy HIM-like choruses, brutal death metal/metalcore-like outbreaks and totally weird stuff like saxophone parts!

But above all, it’s just good music from a band that tries to sound different than all the countless acts out there.

I have a thing for the Christian metal scene. Not necessarily because I’m Christian or sympathize with religious intentions at all; I’m agnostic and don’t give a damn about the lyrical intent as long as its no stupid NSBM bullshit or stuff like that.

Fact is, though, that most of this scene is widely overlooked by the majority of the metal scene. And while I understand the reasons (especially considering idiots like Stryper are one leading force in Christian metal music), there are lots of awesome bands to be discovered if one opens his eyes and ears to it: Theocracy, Deliverance, Vengeance, and of course, Oskord.

A Ukrainian folk metal band that really turned me into a fan in an instant. I usually don’t listen to much folk, but those guys pull off an incredible aura that draws you in immediately — it’s darker and more melancholic then most of the folk metal stuff you get to hear nowadays, and the Ukrainian lyrics fit in perfectly. Weapon Of Hope is an album to be discovered!

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