Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Oecist’s BJ Dierkes

Check out three band recommendations from a dude with an epic beard

Oecist’s BJ DierkesOecist’s BJ Dierkes

Oecist’s BJ Dierkes

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 Oecist’s BJ Dierkes.

Dragbody was a chaotic hardcore band out of Orlando, Florida that broke up in 2001. Growing up in Florida, Dragbody was certainly not an unfamiliar name, but outside of our scene, it can be hard to come across their work…especially now 13 years later.  

They put out a handful of 7 inches over the short time they were together, however there were also two CD’s that came out containing all the tracks from the 7 inches (which would be recommended to find as there are no official digital releases out there to my knowledge).

I was fortunate to see them play several shows, and was even able to share the stage with them once with a band I was in.  Their live show had tons of energy, pretty true to their recordings.

Tellusian is a hardcore/grind/metal band from Malmö, Sweden, that features ex-members of Crowpath. Very much in the same vein of their previous work, but in a slightly more palatable and less chaotic package (for good or bad depending on your tastes).  
Crowpath was one of those bands that blew me away every time I’d listen to them because the song writing and delivery was complete insanity. Tellusian is a good follow up to that in the wake of Crowpath’s departure, and certainly worth a spin.
Collision by Tellusian

AKSU is an improvisational, instrumental project by two guys in Belgium. Their latest release was recorded in 2013 at the Lacambre Museum of Architecture in Brussels. I really dig the character of this recording, and just the ambience and reverberation of the space.  

These guys touch on a lot different genres, and produce a massive cathedral of eerie drone and noise. This is the kind of record that I love to just put my headphones to and completely zone out of life for a minute.
The Way To Destroy And Create Things / Screenplay And Outline For An Unexpected Space by AKSU

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