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 Ryan McGee of Spewtilator, who are a band to know in their own right.
Man, I listen to so much music, new and old, that this was reeeeeeally hard to narrow down to just three. In the end, I decided to go with newer bands instead of old gems, so here’s a band we’ve been friends with pretty much since our inception who deserve more recognition; a grindcore band that I think totally crushes; and a death metal band that is so good I honestly cannot fathom how they’re not a household name.
Now, my guitar player and drummer would probably kill me if I didn’t take the opportunity to mention their other projects so pardon the blatant self promotion and check out sewer-stomping death metal deviants Mangled and triumphant thrashing heavy metallers Death of Kings!
Both can be heard here.
On to the goods!
Totally ripping crossover death metal; listen to their new album here!
We’ve know these dudes for years and they absolutely kill it and crank out some totally punishing Carcass/Exhumed worship crossed with brutal thrash metal complete with some nice mid-tempo mosh parts and some rad spooky sounding leads.
Great songwriting with lots of tempo changes and well thought out transitions allow them to take the songs a lot of different places while still keeping everything coherent and concise. We put out a split cassette with them last year that’s still available through Headsplit Rekords!
Maniacal grinding noise assault! These Connecticut grinders crank out incredibly heavy and punishing grindcore with a fuckload of tempo changes, stop/starts, and bellowed “neanderthal lost in space” vocals.
One of my favorite things about Gowl is their ability to go from just a crushing wall of blasting noise into a killer riff and fuckin’ thrash, grind, or groove equally well without a second thought.
These dudes put out two killer EP’s in 2013 so scoop ‘em up, shotgun a Four Loko, and bang your stupid head!
Fantastical medieval conquest by way of thrashing blackened death metal sorcery! I listen to an absurd amount of Battlemaster and would rate them among my favorite death metal bands. Something about this shit is just too damn good.
Scathing vocals that alternate between a goblin’s maniacal ranting and the guttural utterances of a pit fiend called upon from the lower planes, skillfully melodic guitar work centered around crafting killer riff after killer riff with some fantastic leads throughout, bass-work that is not only audible but carves out a nice place for itself to work tastefully between the guitars and drums, and creative and slightly unconventional drumming that accents the guitar-work perfectly while moving the songs through a myriad of styles and tempos effortlessly… these dudes fucking rip, plain and simple.
Hopefully they’ll have a new album out this year, count me excited as shit. Roll your 20 sided die, advance, and attack!
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