Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Sacred Steel’s Gerrit P. Mutz

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal 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 continue this ongoing series with an entry from Gerrit P. Mutz of Sacred Steel.
Father Befouled
My favourite kind of Death Metal always was the more dirty, sludgy, doomy way that Autopsy played. Being also an avid supporter of Incantation I am always looking for bands to deliver the goods in this depraved vein of rotten death. After discovering Encoffination, that I also like pretty much, I came across THE band that perfected the sound of old Incantation mixed with extreme morbid athmosphere and great anti-religious lyrics. Their new record entitled Revulsion Of Seraphic Grace is a masterpiece within its genre.

The Foreshadowing
I normally don’t promote bands that I am kinda connected with but this band is really way too good to keep ‘em a secret. I liked their first album and I LOVED their second album Oionos. It was released on the label that I´m working for, Cyclone Empire. Their third album Second World was released this year and it’s close to being my favorite album of 2012. The sound is a mixture of beautiful keyboard oriented gothic doom with heavenly melodies and a vocalist that totally reminds of Dave Gahan and in general of the more dark and brooding Depeche Mode stuff.

This is a strange band with really strange music. Not much metal at all but out on Svart Records and they surely have a hand for bands with an own sound and identity. Hexvessel plays a weird sound combining folk, doom, psychedelic and world music. Their song “Invocation Summoning” is one of the best songs ever and truly magical. I have a weak spot for bands that are totally far out and not to everyone’s liking. Hexvessel are a very special band for a very special taste. Check ‘em out. Their new album No Holier Temple also crushes.

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