Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Death Valley High’s Reyka Osburn

Check out these three — make that four — eclectic bands

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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 was written by Death Valley High’s Reyka Osburn.

Hailing from Paris, Warsawwasraw is an amalgamation of abundant joy; short bursts of bombastic, and straight-to-the-head aural bullets. I first discovered their music back in 2010 and the chaos permeated a rich amount of familiarity; even the shortest of songs felt like close, long-time friends.

Weaving in and out of time changes, blast beats, and raging riffs; they harness a sense of indie sensibilities. They resonate with bands like Head Wound City, and Jesse Keeler’s Femme Fatale, which are some of my all time favorite indie-cum-hardcore acts.

Check out “Hollowcost” and feel your heart stop beating for about a half of a minute.

Youth Code
Flipping the channels to an electronic station, LA’s Youth Code won’t be on late night local cable for very long. Not that this band will garner mass popular stardom, but they stand to blow the doors, and dust, off of a discerning collection of neuromancers.

My friend, DJ SŦΔR EҰES, told me about YOUTH CODE after I mentioned that Killing Joke were amongst things she might compare Death Valley High to. She excitedly told me of Youth Code with a disclaimer that “they don’t sound like Killing Joke but you will LIKE them.”

Sure enough, upon further investigation, I see that they are on tour with Skinny Puppy; a huge influence on me. I’ll be looking forward to seeing them on tour with the mighty SP this December.

Check ‘em out devouring a SXSW daytime show and horrifying some of the festival participants with “First & Last.”

Bad Powers
U.S. continental Bad Powers finish out my apocalyptic list but not without an honorable mention that I’ll get to in a moment. Bad Powers is a super group consisting of a cast who are spread all across the states from Seattle to Austin to New York. The group is comprised of Megan Tweed of The Family Curse filling out the vocal duties for the surviving three faithfuls of Made Out of Babies.

The sound is still Noise-Rock, but this go around has found the new formation sink its teeth into positive post-punk flesh, making it an instant favorite of mine.

You can hear the lethal combination here in “Hit Sniffing Dog.”

Lastly, I couldn’t let this Seattle band go without mention; He Whose Ox Is Gored.

This IS all about exposure, is it not? Once you hear this cross-breed of shoegaze, doom, and mathcore, you’ll see why I had to cheat.

Check out “Cloven Hoof” and tell me I’m wrong… I dare you!

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