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 Steve Tovey of The King Is Blind.
These guys have all the potential in the world and have come on loads in the last year from a very promising start to begin with. Dark, inspiring, wicked post-black metal, with an excellent grasp of dynamics, along with big crusty riffs. I can’t wait for them to do a full-length.
They released an album earlier this year, Penthos, that Lee (our guitarist) picked up on, so I checked out and we both really dig. If you call death metal, tech or progressive it usually means boring, but not these. It’s an album chock-full of hooks, heaviness, riffs, intelligence and above all proper songs in spades. It’s not straightforward, but has real cerebral touches, and are clearly a band that puts a lot of thought into their work, not just brainless blasting, which is only a good thing as far as I’m concerned. Similar ball park to Gorguts and Ulcerate.
Steve from Sea Bastard, who are another band you should pick up on — horrible, extreme doom — turned me onto this band. Their album of this year, Spectres, covers black metal, death metal, progressive metal and post-metal, all with a natural fluidity and without sounding forced. Like Jotnarr, there’s depth to it all, too, and always one eye on the dynamics of the piece, the ebb and flow. Really impressive.
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