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 continue this ongoing series with an entry from Seeker vocalist Bryce Lucien.
Since discovering Chelsea Wolfe on tour last June, my stereo has been thoroughly dominated by her melancholy, otherworldly voice. She is unquestionably my favorite artist right now. It’s incredibly rare that I find a band who I can listen to almost constantly, day after day, for months on end, but Chelsea Wolfe just never gets old. She has a sound so unique and so personal that I find myself getting something new out of each listen. She also has the most emotionally intense and captivating live show currently touring. Seriously.
This band is so crushingly heavy it’s unreal. This is some seriously evil doom done right. Think a faster and more drum oriented Sunn 0))) mixed with vocals more menacing and evil than any black metal band could ever hope for. This album is the audible equivalent of being buried alive. Monarch! create truly extreme art with absolutely zero fucks given. I just wish they would come to America more goddamn it! Turn this on the next time that you want to bum everyone out at your party.
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How this band is not gigantic is beyond me. They combine all the right parts of everything from the Deftones to The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust, Glassjaw, and even Bjork into something amazing. Their newest album “Tree of Tongues” is damn near perfect and those vocals…damn. Expect huge things from this band soon.
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