Sean Harris’ Three Bands You May Not Know But Should

Sean Harris

Hey GunShyAssassins! I visit this wonderful Web site everyday to get my metal fix and one of the columns I enjoy the most is the “Three Bands You May Not Know But Should.”

It’s a breath of fresh air to hear about metal’s up-and-coming talent from metal’s current crop. Living in Western Canada and from working for a metal radio station that supports unsigned acts, I come across quite a few bands that I would consider talented. Unfortunately, I had to narrow my list down to three because the sheer volume of indie metal bands I dig has jumped 1,000% in the last six months! Also, I’m only including active talent, so extinct bands need not apply.

The Almighty Excruciating Pain
The first time I cracked open a track of The Almighty Excruciating Pain, I was blown the fuck away. Their music is a combination of the speed and precision of 90s punk band NOFX and the technical guitar-driven progressiveness of Death. Straight from the bowels of dive bars in Vancouver like the Cobalt and “authentic” venues like the Rickshaw Theater, AEP are slowly but surely making their stamp on the metal world. The Armstrong Metalfest is a two day festival in Armstrong, BC which I will be helping cover. I’ll be getting backstage, doing a whole host of interviews and getting supremely wasted. Suffocation and Cryptopsy are headlining as well so I’m rather stoked. Excruciating are on the bill as well and I’m looking forward to hearing their hit “Idol Worship” live.

Krunch Mustard
Hailing from the secluded island that’s a short ferry trip away from the Vancouver mainland, Krunch Mustard has many songs fueled by beer, food and condiments. Don’t let the subject matter fool you, these dudes can play. Particularly on the tracks “Metal Mountain” and “Kondiment Kleptos,” it’s Black Sabbath written all over it. It’s a couple of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard from an unsigned band. The musicianship, the sound and the overall product screams epic stoner metal. Watch the fuck out for KM because eventually they’re going to break away from the restraints of Victoria and come to the mainland to rock the shit out of cross country tours. Props to my boys Gabe, Ash, Lucas and Dustin for keeping it Krunchy!

Fall Of Cain
Another band from Victoria with talent spewing from their veins. My buddy Lucius Blackworth fronts Fall of Cain who harken back to the days of Paul Dianno’s version of Iron Maiden. Beautiful harmonies, guitar virtuosity and drumming that pounds a hole through your fucking head! Event Horizon was their album that was released last year and there are some real killers on that album. Most notably “Crooked House” and “Streets of Misery” show how skilled these guys are at their craft. I witnessed a FOC show last weekend and was rather impressed at their stage ability and musicianship. They also had a couple awesome covers as well. “The Trooper” was an obvious choice but Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” was interesting. Interesting in the fact that it was metalized and sounded great. I also spent the night at the Fall Of Cain house and as you can guess, drinking ensued.

Ultimately what I’m waiting for is these three bands to tour with metals elite. If they traveled the road with say, Corrosion of Conformity, I would have to be tour manager. Why? I would be the genius behind the name of the trek.

FOC Krunchy COC = Excruciating Pain Tour

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