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 the members of The Suffering Hour.
In this musical world where everybody’s ripping off each other, it’s impossible to find a band that has a genuinely unique sound. This pisses me off. It’s okay though, because Gentry Lord told everybody to kiss his ass and did something totally new for once.
This nuts one-man project from Finland is a self-proclaimed magic metal band, and it sounds like if King Diamond was walking down a dark alley and was beat to the curb by circus clowns. The music is this huge chaotic swirl of MIDI synths, technical guitar riffing, high-pitched shrieks, and super complex song structure, all while somehow maintaining an old school heavy metal vibe.
I know, it’s totally bonkers. I downloaded the debut EP off their Bandcamp weeks before the end of the new year and it’s easily one of my top five releases of the year. If you’re like me and want to finally hear something brand new, you’re welcome. — Josh Raiken, guitars
Where do I begin with Set? Holy fucking shit did this take me by surprise. When I first got a hold of the cassette I had no idea what it was. I got it in a group of some other cassettes and just popped it in for the hell of it. When the riff gradually came in all I could say in that moment was “Fuck. YES!”
I think the fact that I had no knowledge of this band existing was the best part. The title track rips. Sacred Moon Cult is probably the best doom EP to hit the world in 2012. These guys have a ton of influences from other musicians and genres and they make it really evident in their music. It works really well.
Fans of doom and black metal will really dig this. It’s very accessible to the metal community. I really wish I had found this sooner, these guys are fucking AWESOME! — Jason Oberuc, drums
So for my band of choice here I decided to pick an older, more established band. The Chasm have been around for 22 years and have released 7 full length albums to date. People well versed in the underground may have heard of them but I find a lack of hype these days for who I consider to be one of the best Death metal bands around.
The Chasm writes their own unique brand of cryptic Death metal, while adding all kinds of elements of prog, doom, thrash, and traditional heavy metal. Excellent musicians and fucking incredible songwriters, The Chasm have it all.
Personally my favorite material has been their recent work, as its evident they’ve grown as songwriters; 2004’s The Spell of Retribution and 2009’s Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm are completely stunning works of art. They’re older material is full of very solid records as well and their whole catalog is totally essential for any fans of unique and cryptic underground death metal. — Dylan Haseltine, bass and vocals
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