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 comes from Richard Smyth, Jr., vocalist for Servants of the Mist.
Anyone interested in extreme music, whether it happens to be metal or punk, needs to check out Vomikaust. They’re unique, filthy brand of thrash and crust infused black metal not only puts them at the forefront of the USBM movement, but miles ahead of their overproduced, costume-clad black metal peers worldwide. One listen to “Stricken” from their Punishment of Existence cassette and you’ll understand why.
The existence of Australia’s Abyssmal Sorrow may have been shortlived (2006-2010), but the beautiful music they created has proven to be timeless. The depressive funeral doom of their second and (sadly) final release Lament creates a brooding atmosphere that manages to be both cathartic and calming at once.
Tampa, Florida’s Contorted may be THE single most underrated death metal band in the world today. Formed in 1997 by Jim Coker and Pete Sykes in the wake of the first split of the legendary Brutality, Contorted have continued to up the ante with their devastating combination of musical precision and unrelenting heaviness since the group’s inception. Their latest offering, Clinically Dead, speaks for itself.
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