We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock 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 incredible entry from Levi Meyers of Xul, whose album can be downloaded for free here.
This band is unbelievably talented. I learned about Dawn through Steffen Kummerer (Obscura). I have to admit, it was one of those times where I thought to myself “Holy shit, how did I not know about this band?” The riffs that they play are so melodic and atmospheric that it’s hard not to bang your head to. One second they’ll be shredding a drawn-out epic riff and the next they’ll be hitting you with Immortal-esq chugging. If I had to pick a particular album, I’d have to choose Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy). I immediately felt a strong connection with this album. It has a ton of emotion in it and the riffage is next level.
This band is fuckin’ insane. I’ve seen them a handful of times and even shared the stage with them on a few occasions. Their album is like nothing I’ve ever heard. They bring Technical Death Metal to a whole new level. I can’t describe the drumming as anything but inhuman. It’s a beautiful yet unbelievable thing to see in person. The vocals are faster than I can even talk in real life and the lyrics are intelligent and meaningful. The guitar work on the album is masterful.
They pretty much touch all over the map, from super technical, to drawn out eerie atmospheric passages. The bass is very much existent. It stands out in many ways, but I’d have to say most importantly, it brings a whole other element to the table. The sheer talent of this inhuman band is enough to draw a crowd. I won’t get into their live show, but go out and see them. You won’t regret it. Oh yeah, and buy their album All Shall Align.
I had the pleasure of meeting Steffen Kummerer when we opened for Obscura in Kamloops about a year ago. At the time, I knew of Thulcandra but hadn’t listened to them a whole lot. I (as well as the rest of the band) am a huge fan of Obscura. Thulcandra basically starts where Dissection left off. I first started listening to their album Fallen Angel’s Dominion and I literally couldn’t take it off repeat. This album is a gem in the Melodic Black Metal genre. It is so historically correct, yet so independent at the same time.
I am a sucker for well placed palm mutes and this album has no shortage of that. The beautiful thing about this album is that the music is so involving. It brings me to a familiar place, but still has a completely unique feeling to it. It’s straight up great Black Metal. Under a Frozen Sun is nothing short of magnificent. I seriously recommend these albums to anyone who enjoys some well written, thoughtful and passionate Black Metal that pays homage to the past but continues to strive for a new definition of the genre.
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