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 Deathwhite, who you can listen to here.
An Autumn for Crippled Children
Rather preposterous they’re not bigger than what they are currently. An intoxicating blend of melodic black metal, post-rock, and extreme metal, with utterly indecipherable vocals, but that’s beside the point. Their songs have this innate, memorable quality to them that’s hard to come by, and their secretive appearance makes them even more interesting. Their newest album, Try to Not to Destroy Everything You Love, could not be more recommended and influential, specifically the song “Avoiding Winter.”
Fall of the Leafe
Defunct since 2008, they’re this unique mish-mash of Goth and progressive metal, but with really captivating vocals. Their singer (Tuomas Touminen) could probably do a better job of enunciating his vocals, but he’s quite adept at coming up with memorable hooks. Their 2003 Volvere album is brilliant.
Unfortunately overshadowed by Katatonia (which isn’t bad company to be in), October Tide to these ears, are the preeminent melodic death/doom band. “Doom” probably doesn’t describe them aptly, even though their riffs are supremely dark and their melodies go beyond traditional boundaries. Fred Normann has this unconventional way of putting riffs together; they’re like mini-songs themselves. Hard to argue with A Thin Shell or Tunnel of No Light.
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