Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Dismemberment’s Jacob Shively

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We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock 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 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 are excited to continue this ongoing series with an entry written by Dismemberment‘s Jacob Shively.


Absolutely crushing band from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Back in July I filled in on 2nd guitar for Acheron, they did a small mini tour with Incantation and played a show in Providence, Churchburn was on that bill. Having never heard the band previously I didn’t quite know what to expect from them.

Upon arriving and seeing Dave Suzuki at the helm — yes, DAVE SUZUKI — I knew right away I couldn’t miss their set. As I watched from the side stage, they laid down a punishing blitzkrieg of doom-laden riffs soaked in Suzki’s black metal-esque vocals and melodic mastery, a perfect match.

I highly, highly recommend you give them a listen and get out to a show they’re playing to witness it in person, you will not regret it. Pure evil, mesmerizing doom!!!


Gigan is “The world’s state-of-the-art psychedelic extreme metal band” and they mean it! These guys are on another level — an esoteric plane of musical creativity that leaves you aurally terrified one moment to sonically tranquil the next, all while turning your brain into a gelatinous mush.

We had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Gigan in Columbus, Ohio, last year while they were touring with Immolation and Jungle Rot. I remember the crowd experiencing Gigan, many for their first time; some were immediately shocked and stunned in dismay, but those who tapped in to their sound had a zombiefied glaze of amazement at what they were witnessing.

Gigan just released a new LP entitled Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science which I recommend you go buy right now and definitely go see them when they play your city!

Inter Arma

“There is no word to describe its perfection. So I’m forced to make one up, and I’m going to do so right now…Scrumtrulescent.”

Pretty much exactly how I feel about Inter Arma’s newest LP, Sky Burial, which is an immense musical beast of a record. Back in March, we played a house show with them in the tiniest basement imaginable. Regardless of the space, or lack thereof, these guys evoked their unique breed of atmospheric sludgy metal upon those in attendance.

Their music has the quality to draw you in and it definitely comes across in their live shows as well. Get out and catch them on tour and pick up a copy of Sky Burial!

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