Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Titan’s Eve’s Casey Ory

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal 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 written by Casey Ory, drummer of Canadian thrash outfit Titan’s Eve.

Black Anvil
Heard of this band a couple years back, when they were announced as an opening act for Watain, so I checked them out weeks ahead of the show and was grateful I did!! Both albums: 2008′s Time Insults the Mind and 2010′s Triumvirate are crushing. Combining a predominately black metal sound with some stoner doom tendencies flawlessly, as well a good helping of Celtic Frost worship. Black Anvil has etched their own place in the scene with these brilliant albums, creating a somewhat unique, yet at the same time somewhat familiar sound, in the best way possible. Look forward to what these NYC metallers have in store next.

Skitsystem   
Amazingly punishing Swedish D-beat punk. The band came to my attention due to a couple past members having been members of the legendary At the Gates. Relentlessly punishing rythems, the band embraces the d-beat style extremely well, and due to many of the members death metal backgrounds, with superior precision than most. Politically charged lyrics, and convincingly aggressive vocals, as well as a just raw enough enough production, which serves the style, and their albums well, without taking anything away. I recommend any of their material if you can get your hands on it, but my favorite album is 1999′s Gra Varld/ Svarta Tankar.

Lair of the Minotaur
Chicago’s Lair of the Minotaur deal in their own brand of old school thrash/death metal with some doom thrown in as well for good measure. Well written and brutal song writing is this bands calling card. They manage to play in an overall old-school sound, but never sound exactly like any band past, very much carving out out their own niche. Heavy, high energy songs, with tempo changes at the right time, and very riff orientated songs, in which no one member ever over plays, on the contrary, everyone serves the song and the result usually leaves you thinking that this band would have provided the perfect sound track to an ancient battle. Most recommended album is 2006′s The Ultimate Destroyer.

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