Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Encrust’s Chris Angelucci

Guest Column

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 Chris Angelucci of Encrust.

Goatsblood
Depression. Drugs. Malice. Drull. Goatsblood and Eyehategod were my introduction to the slow riff, and this album remains one of my favorites of the sludge genre. This Canadian band punishes you with an onslaught of molasses black bile, while their addition of melody as well as an adherence to the grind set them apart from a majority of what was happening around that time. I have only ever heard this one release, they weren’t too prolific in their short life, but they sure made a crater-sized impact on my musical identity.

Watchmaker
Completely unhinged, pissed, violent and straightforward, Watchmaker are one of my favorite bands. They epitomized all I could ever want from fast, extreme music. Any of their albums are golden, but Kill.Fucking.Everyone was the disc that introduced me to their insanity. This is the aural equivalent of being stabbed a thousand times by your worst enemy. If that isn’t enough to get you to check them out, their vocalist used a saw blade for a mic stand.

Axis of Perdition
Industrial and Black Metal were no new bedfellows by any means, but this album and band were one of the first I heard that sounded less like some folks creating fucked up music, and more like an otherworldly creature vehemently expelling its innards. Like early Anaal Nathrakh in a razor fight with Skinny Puppy, Axis of Perdition created some utterly frightening music. They were also a very literate band, drenching their music and imagery in so much metaphor, it was great fun deciphering the origin/intent of the material. They went on to craft some truly disturbing albums, this being their best in my opinion.

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