Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Fen’s Doug Harrison

Guest Column

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 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 are excited to continue this ongoing series with an entry from Fen‘s Doug Harrison.
The Kittens were a punkish rock metal band from Winnipeg, Canada. I saw them in Victoria about 15 years ago. The singer spent half the show bent over in front of the mic with drool running out of his mouth and pooling on the stage. I think I was the only one in the club paying attention.

The Smalls were Canada’s greatest unsung heavy band, combining punk, metal and prog with some Albertan twang. The singer had a great clean voice. The riffage was like early Metallica. And the drums and bass were always driving yet interesting. Weirdly, after the band packed it in, the bassist Corb Lund went on to become a successful country singer. IMO, Waste and Tragedy is The Smalls’ best album by far.

Marching Mind is a technical prog band from Vancouver. We’ve gigged with these guys a bunch of times and not only do they impress with their frenzied riffs and out-of-left-field time changes, but every time we see them they’ve raised the bar of musical lunacy a little bit further. The singer plays keys as well, making for some very emotional breakdowns.

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