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 was written by Cole Jacobsen of Arizona’s own Lago, a band we’ve been championing since the early days of the site’s inception.
Id has been around for a few years. They hail from Austin. Their debut album “Philosofia” was released in May of this year and it’s killer! I’ve been so bored with death metal the last few years, with everything getting lost in “tech” and “core.” Imagine if you took the later Death albums and combined them with Carcass’ Heartwork.
This band kills. Also if you’re into wrestling you could get into a solid two day long conversation with their bass player about Dusty Rhoads and his hemorrhoids. Legit.
I was in the Marines from 2004 to 2010, and fortunately for me I missed out on the majority of the deathcore movement. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of bands that are doing old school death metal without completely ripping off a band anymore.
I discovered Dead Congregation from Greece a few years ago. Their first full length Graves of The Archangels was solid. Their new album Promulgation of the Fall is hands down my number one album of 2014. I love this album so much that the inner 19-year-old in me that was “Mr. If you don’t like metal than FUCK YOU” has returned.
I’ve spent more money than my wife needs to ever know about in the last few months on various Death Metal records and it’s all thanks to this. If you’re a fan of Incantation you’re going to dig these guys. Just imagine them with a more modern death metal drummer. Nothing fancy, just meat and potatoes death metal.
Lago’s neighbors just to the south of us in Tucson have turned it up and come on hard recently. They’ve been around for a handful of years now. This year they released a new album entitled City of Dust which I thought was a pissed off and heavy album. But they just released a split with Secrets of the Sky in September, and their opening track on that split is FUCKING heavy.
I respectfully refer to the guitar work on the track “pursuit/predator” as Brock Lesner riffs. What does that mean? It mean’s they’re big and they’re heavy, and they’ll beat your ass. If you’re into bands like Weedeater, and Sleep, then you’ll love these guys.
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