Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Giza’s Rich Burkett

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 written by Rich Burkett from Giza.

Primitive Man
As their bio states: “There is nothing pretty here. There are no moments of peacefulness or lucidity.” Primitive Man plays a mixture of doom and sludge which is a incredibly down tuned and often unsettling to listen to. On Scorn, their first full length record, there is a sense of destruction and dread which at times make the listener uncomfortable. Consistently heavy and slow, crushing and bleak, and wildly overwhelming — this is music for losing your mind, tearing up train tracks with super human strength, and causing serious problems to world. Heaven forbid someone were to walk in on you listening to this record as a first impression. Each song is a journey worthy of your attention – but if you have limited time to give them a chance check track 1 “Scorn.” Stretching over 11 minutes, it shows several different moods of desolation and despair; all of which will crush you. Influenced by bands like YOB or Khanate, yet often erupting into crusty blast beats or pure feedback drone, Primitive Man is the definition of extreme music. I haven’t put this record away since I got it. 

In the Company of Serpents
In the Company of Serpents play sludge metal which incorporates aspects of modern hardcore and doom metal, as well as traditional stoner rock. A guitar and drums two piece, this band manages to merge the best aspects of bands like Electric Wizard or Black Sabbath with the crushing heaviness of a band like YOB. Head bobbing-ly heavy with great vocal delivery, their first record is 5 tracks with over 35 minutes of grooved out heavy riffs played through maxed out amps directly influenced by the occult. Disturbingly heavy, you can’t appreciate how much groove these guys bring to their sludge until you listen to a track like “Immolation” on repeat. Turn on, turn up, and drop out!

Enos is a concept driven stoner rock band from England who deliver groove driven rock that is literally the sound track to space exploration by a chimp named Enos. Drawing from influences as diverse as Monster Magnet, Nebula, QOTSA, Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Mastodon and Pink Floyd, Enos add a healthy dose of prog to their groove to deliver some truly great songs. Their record Chapter 1 from 2012 was a real trip through the solar system, and ends with the song “Back to Earth” –- my personal favorite. It also included some incredibly imagery in the form of a comic book to the make sure the listener could fully appreciate Enos’ journey. This year’s All Too Human has only expanded on their original concept, as Enos travels through time and encounters Zombies, Nazi’s, and more. This is seriously brilliant stuff.

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