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 Fornicus‘ Scott Briggs.
This band fucking rips! Probably the most unknown band on this list. Their latest album Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc is sickening blend of ferocious speed, anger, and malice falling nicely within the black and death genres. Their drummer brings the tightness and aggression one would find on a Marduk album, demonically evil vocals, and some very excellent black/death riffing…Ophiuchus is a band any fan of true metal should check out! They’re also located pretty near to ourselves in Nashville, Tennessee.
A recent discovery of mine…disgusting black and death out of Ohio on Nuclear War Now Productions. Randomly stumbled upon their album Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night on Bandcamp and goddamn, what a bestial slab of metal! Dark and intense…like being pulled into a vortex of metallic bliss. It never lets up from beginning to end and has been in regular rotation for me in the last couple weeks. Highly recommended! They’re on Facebook here.
This UK band’s debut album Towards Eschaton on Dark Descent Records was a top album for me from 2013. Craven Idol also blends black and death but has more old school thrash influences than the other bands mentioned. From the haunting beginning of “To Summon Mayrion” to “Orgies”‘ short but sweet thrashgasmic climax and all the headbang-inducing riffage in-between, this album is a gem for any metalhead’s collection…I’ve already bought it twice myself!
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