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 the members of Morgengrau.
I was instantly hooked after hearing this Spanish band. Their style of dark, brooding death metal chock full of crushing riffs and powerful drumming will keep you mesmerized from beginning to end. There is a really old school feel with a lot of atmosphere to keeps things interesting. Their first full length, Revelations of the Ethereal, was released in September of 2012 on Memento Mori Records. Pick it up if you get the chance!
From the same country that gave us Blasphemy, Voivod, and Slaughter (the “Strappado” one, get your “Fly to the Angels” out of here) comes mighty Voor, whose Evil Metal demo is completely essential for anyone who is a fan of underground, old-school death/thrash metal. Nuclear War Now! did a re-issue of their demos recently and I can’t recommend it enough (the Venom and Slayer covers are a nice bonus as well). This can be filed under the same category as the also-amazing Necrovore and Hellpreacher who may have departed far too early, but luckily left behind some of the best metal demos ever for those of us who were born too late. Evil metal or no metal at all!
I first encountered this traditional black metal band in 2010. Even without a bassist (they have since acquired one), they were impressive live. Charismatic frontman and guitarist Zvs, mysterious keyboardist Amethyst Moon and insane kit killer Devastation had my rapt attention before they finished their first song. Plutonian Shore very skillfully evokes the old school Scandinavian black metal model forged by bands like Emperor, Obtained Enslavement and For All Tid era Dimmu Borgir (i.e.; when they were legit). The elegant riffing, rhythmic swing and well-designed song structures feel thousands of miles from their hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Completely free of the squarishness that pervades most USBM, Plutonian Shore are a band to watch. Pick up their most current full-length Lunar Rites.
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