Evolution is the key to the continued survival of a species. The same thing can be said about music. As the population of bands playing extreme music grows steadily, there is a need to branch out from the established paths to stand out from the throng. Many bands have realised this need for innovation and as a result, we see more thinning of boundaries between styles (both within metal and outside).
This series of articles has focused on such evolution within the grindcore spectrum, and here is #3 with a few more underground acts that are taking the style forward.
A melodic black metal album focusing on the concept of organized crime (the mafia, specifically) in late 1940’s / 1950’s America? Well color me interested! The music through which Misanthropia channel this concept is equally intriguing. This is not surprising considering that this is not exactly a new band (they’ve been around for since the dawn of the millennium) and that ‘Omerta’ is the band’s third full length effort. A good way to imagine Misanthropia’s music is like old Dimmu Borgir, had they not been overtly obsessed with making their music symphonic and rather focused on guitar based melodies with the assistance of keyboards that are not too overwhelming. Then again, why imagine all that when you can just stream the entire album below?
Hailing from Umeå, Sweden, Wormlight have been making melody infused black metal since 2014 (initially starting out under the name Unhallowed). This is a group whose style of furious, yet subtly melodic black metal harks back to the golden age of Swedish melodic black metal i.e. the 90’s. Influences from bands like Sacramentum, Vinterland and Noctes can be heard in Wormlight’s music. Back in 2015, the band released their second EP ‘Bloodfields’ independently. Since then however, the band has undergone a few changes.
Original vocalist Nordlyst parted ways with the band soon after the EP’s recording and in his absence guitarist Tiamat Invictuz has stepped in to offer his vocal talents. Fast forward to 2016, and the band is now gearing up to re-release the ‘Bloodfields’ EP, this time through Black Lion Records. This re-released version contains two re-recorded versions of the original tracks with Invictuz in front of the mic. We have the re-recorded version of the title track, streaming below for you to check out.
To create an instrumental album these days takes a lot of talent. More so than traditional albums, because the artist has to hook the listener’s attention purely by the virtue of the music and hooking the attention of modern humans for more than a few seconds is an incredibly difficult feat to pull off. That has not stopped the Atlanta based power trio Spore Lord from unleashing their debut full length ‘In the Beginning’. If you have not figured it out from the band name and album artwork yet, Spore Lord’s music is psychedelic flavored stoner / doom metal and these guys manage to write music that makes one trip, even without any stimulants in one’s system.
Spore Lord seem to have taken a leaf out of the Karma to Burn book when it comes to numbering their tracks instead of naming them, albeit with proper order. The music is Sabbathian in a way that the riffs tend to resonate with the listeners almost instantaneously. Riffs are the protagonists here as they proceed to seduce with their bluesy charm and thick sludgy tone. The stoner metal groove is sure enough to get you banging your heads and before you know it, the leads and licks will have you reaching for your nearest air guitar. Take a listen to Spore Lord III, streaming below, for example.
There was never really a doubt in my mind regarding the number of releases in extreme music these days, but damn! The sheer number of kickass grindcore and other grind related projects lurking in the underground is something I did not anticipate. This second edition of the article kept getting delayed, not because I couldn’t find enough bands to write about. Quite the opposite really. Most of the delay was caused by me trying to figure out which bands to include and which ones to push for later editions.
So without further ado, here are 5 bands playing grind and other grind influenced styles of extreme music that I highly recommend you check out.
As many modern metal bands are striving to play it technical and make metal more intricate and complicated, bands like Colombia’s Witchtrap are proudly waving the old school flag. Having released 3 full lengths and a series of EP’s and splits, Witchtrap’s music has some not so subtle nods to the old guards like Venom, Motorhead, Sodom etc. The band’s most recent full length effort ‘Trap the Witch‘ originally came out last year through the band’s very own Dirty Sounds Records. This album is now being given a wider release courtesy of Hells Headbangers who will be releasing CD, Vinyl and Tape formats of the album on the 11th of November.
Impressed by the denim and leather based old school metal attack, we talked to the band’s drummer Witchhammer about the band’s history and the metal scene in their native land of Colombia. Also, we have ‘Trap the Witch’ streaming in it’s entirety below! So put on your battle jackets, crack open a beer and get lost in the old school charm of Witchtrap.
In a year rife with kick ass genre bending extreme music, Seputus is an entity that manages to overshadow most of it’s peers. The band’s music knows no boundaries and weaving through the likes of black metal, grindcore and death metal the band creates a whirlwind of sharp, abrasive riffs that toy’s with the listener’s sanity. Then again, what else would you expect from a band where the members are also of part of Pyrrhon? The band’s debut full length ‘Man Does Not Give’ explores some of the dark and neglected corners of the human psyche with music that is intense, claustrophobic and enthralling.
This album left us with a lot of thoughts and questions. So we got in touch with the band’s primary composer Steve Schwegler and talked to him about the album, his influences in composing for Seputus, the band’s future plans and much more.
As the cold dreary monsoons start to kick in here at Bangalore, there is a need for some sullen, melodic doom to go with the weather. What better place to look for grand, moving melodies than Russia. Moscow based Откровения Дождя (Revelations in Rain in English) have just the right album for this. Titled ‘Акрасия ‘ (‘Akrasia’), the band’s fifth full length comes as a massive, hour long slab of melodic doom death metal. Revelations in Rain do an excellent job of engrossing the listener with their moving melodies. In fact, the whole album feels like wave after wave of sweeping, emotive melodies that often manages to strike an emotional chord with the audience. To give the reader a good idea of what is being described, we have a brand new track from the album streaming below, so that you can experience it for yourselves.
A couple of months ago, fans of death metal were treated to one of the best records in the genre this year. This came from Colorado based four piece Blood Incantation. The band’s debut full length came as a whirlwind of old school riffs that felt like it was created by some space faring entity that has had first hand experience with wormholes and nebulae. With long mind twirling tracks, Blood Incantation reminds one of the likes of Demilich, Gorguts and Nocturnus, while managing to create a distinctive and unique sound for themselves.
We at Transcending Obscurity fell so much in love with this record and band, that we wanted to know as much as we can about them. So we approached the band and managed to exchange a few words with the band’s guitarist / vocalist Paul Reidl, who talked to us about the band’s themes, evolution and their recent tour in support of their album ‘Starspawn’.