Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Osmium Guillotine’s James Balcombe

Check out these three distinctly different groups

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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 James Balcombe of Osmium Guillotine.

A band we’ve gigged with many times, as they share our love for the old school, ‘classic’ heavy metal sound. Over the last few years I’ve watched them progress a long way as a band, both in terms of their musicianship and their on-stage performances.

They’ve recently released their awesome second album The Waystone, and it seamlessly blends that traditional 80’s NWOBHM style with a more up-to-date contemporary feel and a high-quality production.

They’ve embarked on a couple of U.K. tours this year and are steadily gaining fans around the world, so I don’t expect them to be considered ‘underground’ for too much longer. Check ‘em out!

This is a band I’ve known about for over 10 years (if you include their previous “incarnation”); in 2012, they changed both their name and their overall sound into something much more epic.

They combine elements of experimental doom, sludge, stoner, ambient and progressive. One of the defining things about their live set is their ability to freely flow from one piece of music to the next without any breaks, giving you one solid mass of Earth-shaking heaviness.

Their debut EP Lunar Dawn (Keep, Relic and Ritual) released in 2012 contained one track clocking in at just over 20 minutes; they’ve since had a few more releases under their belts and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

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These guys are a relatively newer discovery for me, having only seen them live just over a year ago when we shared a bill with them at a local venue. I’ve since had the pleasure of gigging with them on a few more occasions and every time I’m blown away at their level of professionalism and tightness as a band.

Their songs are a great blend of classic heavy rock/metal with an added element of filthy grunginess (think along the lines of Alice in Chains meets Orange Goblin to get a rough idea!).

Again, this is another band who deserve to be much bigger than they currently are, and having recently become signed they’re well on their way to bigger things.

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