Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Wicked Inquisition’s Nate Towle

Dig prog and doom? Here are three bands you’ve probably never ever heard of before

Wicked InquisitionWicked InquisitionBy 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 Nate Towle, the guitarist and vocalist for Wicked Inquisition.

Blood Farmers
Truly the most underrated doom metal band of all time. Their self-titled album (and demos before it) is simply gold. It is very heavy and slow music but it is also incredibly dynamic. Very true to the original Black Sabbath blue print while managing to remain unique, especially in the vocal department.

They were doing the whole “B horror movie” song topic thing before Electric Wizard or others. Check out their newest album Headless Eyes — easily my favorite album of 2014.

Budgie
This band was very influential to the NWOBHM and they played music that was just as heavy as Black Sabbath as early as 1971. Often compared to Sabbath or Led Zeppelin, they are really their own entity, showing a diverse discography. 

Guitarist Tony Bourge came up with some great riffs and his lead guitar work is beyond your average pentatonic scale playing. If your looking for well crafted songs, look no further. Never Turn Your Back on a Friend is an album by Budgie that can stand toe to toe with any great Sabbath, Zeppelin, or Deep Purple album.

Necromandus
A sort of “Yes plays Black Sabbath”-type proggy doom rock band that was managed by Tony Iommi himself, Necromandus recorded one album called Orexis of Death in 1973 but the album was shelved by Vertigo Records and never saw the light of day until 1999.

A really awesome band! The skill level of each member is undeniable. It’s a shame the album was never released in the 1970’s because I’d imagine it would have been considered a classic. Sort of one of those “lost” bands. in some regards.

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