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 HUSH. fromntman Charles Cure.
I have a lot of friends who play in killer bands that everyone should listen to. There are too many of them to narrow it down to just three without feeling like I left someone off unfairly though, so I decided to write about some older bands that I love that maybe not enough people have heard.
This is the only band on the list that is still active. They are legendary, heavy, abrasive, evil. I listened to their Crossbearer and Into the Wire records a lot in the ’90s and they didn’t release their next record, Croatoan, until about 10 years later in 2006.
Croatoan still floors me when I listen to it. Vocalist Rennie Resmini writes incredible, intelligent lyrics and listening to his voice is like having acid poured on your face. The rest of the band creates a sonic backdrop that is dynamic, crushingly heavy, and brooding.
They have been putting out some of the best metal in America for more than 20 years, and its always surprising to me that they aren’t vastly more popular.
Ire was a Canadian band that was active in the mid-late 90’s. They played a kind of slow, sludgy hardcore that incorporated aspects of metal and crust. Vocalist Radwan Mounmeh later went on to play in bands like The Black Hand and Cursed.
Ire was unique in their sound and approach, and produced a a handful of great records, including the incredible EP I Discern an Overtone of Tragedy in Your Voice.
Overcast was pretty well known when they were active, and the members are all well known now for their participation in bands like Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, and Seemless. However, Overcast surpasses anything these other bands will ever do, in my opinion.
They were one of the heaviest, most interesting bands of the 90’s hardcore/metal scene in Boston. They were part of the pioneering sound of early metalcore, but in the best sense of that label — drawing influences from thrash, sludge, and progressive metal bands to produce a really distinct sound.
Their last album Fight Ambition to Kill blew my mind when I first heard it and continues to smash my face off every time I hear it.
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