Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Twingiant’s Nikos Mixas

Want to expand your horizons? Check out these three bands you may not have known existed



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 was written by Nikos Mixas, guitarist for Phoenix-based stoner sludge act Twingiant, whose album Devil Down is in stores now.

Chiefs used to be based out of Phoenix, but moved to San Diego a couple of years ago. They’ve had a few line-up changes but the formula has stayed the same.

Simple hook-laden stoner rock with vocals you want to sing along to. They recently put out a split 7-inch on Battleground Records with Fuzz Evil and they’re in the studio currently recording another full-length.

Stone Bull by CHIEFS

Kiss the Red Alarm
I’ll start by saying, never judge a band by its name. When I listen to KTRA, I’m taken back to the mid 80’s when MTV played videos from bands that played real music.

They’re a mix of a bunch of those first wave of alternative bands. I love heavy music but this band is heavy in their own right. Just give them a listen.

Blank Page by Kiss The Red Alarm

Cave Dweller
Death metal still thrives in Phoenix and this is one of many that are representing the genre well in this desert wasteland.

All the dudes are musicians, there is not a weak link. I caught them recently and they ended their set with a 10 minute instrumental that left my jaw on the beer soaked floor.

They’re recording their 2nd full-length currently and it’s bound to be on there. I can’t wait.

Terra Incognita by Cave Dweller

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