Saturday, July 25, 2009

MOTD - Incubus: Haunting you with dark old school heavy metal

That's right folks! It's back! (and hopefully with a vengeance!)

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Incubus
Song: She Laid Him Down
Album: To The Devil A Daughter
Style: NWOBHM/Heavy Metal
country/location: UK
release: 1984

Ok time to get back to the old school! This band has got to be one of my favorite finds in my exploration of the lesser known bands of yesteryear. (yes I say that by a lot of bands haha) Admittedly I discovered these guys because of the fact they share their band name with a popular rock band. However, this Incubus stands out as being an incredibly catchy, yet dark and heavy metal band. One of the more well known members of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement (more well-known in the sense they are often listed among the greats of the subgenre), this band took the catchy, but still rough qualities of the NWOBHM sound and created a lighter but darker style that works unbelievably well. I say lighter in the sense that while they still have that heavy metal crunch, they don't over do it. This song is one of their best, which came out on their only full length back in 1984. The vocals here are clean and almost serene with just a small gruff touch, singing about a woman who takes revenge on a cheating man. This melds beautifully with the dark heavy metal guitar lines and mid-paced thumping rhythm section. What great metal song is without a solo? This band's soloist delivers a shredding yet epic solo that is both heartfelt and evil. This band unfortunately didn't release much more than this album, which is a shame. Check out this band!