Band/Artist: Dead Will Rise
country/location: Athens, Ohio, USA
Just randomly revisiting a CD that I bought years ago. So long ago, I don't remember when/where/why I acquired it. This is some pretty standard deathcore, nothing fancy or mindblowing, but it's not terrible. The instrumentalists prove that they can do grindcore based blasts with the best of them and technically proficient enough to do some mosh-worthy breakdowns. Some catchy melodeath riffs are thrown in for good measure.
Song: Japanese Tentacle Porn Monster
Album: Gorepedo new Hampshire grindcore ep/demo thing
country/location: Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
New England has a rich history of excellent grindcore dating back to the early 80s with Siege and today with bands like Eaten or Intheshit! New Hampshire's Gorepedo is continuing to this long tradition and doing it with the speed and ferocity of a frickin hurricane! I use the word blistering often enough, but man these guys are the very definition of blistering! The tone is straight out of the best death/grind ala Nasum or Trap Them, that wonderfully thick and juicy crunch. This is played at punk/hardcore speeds with punk/hardcore attitudes! Definitely a band to keep an eye out for!
Song: Känslan (Post Patch Anxiety)
Album: The Great Destroyer
country/location: Gävle, Sweden
If you liked Gorepedo, then you are going to love Gadget! Like New England, Sweden is also full of some of the stars of grindcore and hardcore/punk. Gadget is definitely among those stars, producing full blown grind that has all the blastbeats and in your face aggression while incorporating elements from thrash, death metal, Swedish dbeat, and other heavy genres. This album is a masterpiece of grind, and definitely will be on my top of 2016!
Really Really Cool Band I Stumbled Upon
Band/Artist: Post Mark
Song: Soar High
Album: Stamp On You
Style: Heavy Metal
country/location: Imphal, Manipur, India
I've known for a long time that India has solid and rising heavy metal scene, with bands like Bevar Sea, Demonic Resurrection and Dying Embrace making the waves in and outside of India. What I didn't know was how far back in time did the metal flow. Post Mark as far as I can tell is the earliest heavy metal band from India and the earliest to release a full length. Formed in 1988 they played traditional heavy metal with a touch of thrash for good measure. Plus they incorporate traditional Indian folk music elements into their sound. Now the elements are kinda subtle to the unknowing ear, for example, this track apparently uses the beat of Thabal Chongba (a popular Manipuri dance). If you want to read more about the band, this other blog Indian Bands Hub has a great write up!
Band I'm Listening To A Result of the Metal Archives Random Band Feature
Style: Stoner/Doom Metal
country/location: Tallinn, Estonia
So this week/post's edition of the Random Band band selection is Talbot from Estonia. Their Facebook claims they are the heaviest duo on Earth and beyond. I gotta say, they make a very persuasive argument. They would play very well on a show with Bedroom Rehab Corporation and Hepatagua. The tone on that bass is sludge heavy and the drummer is powerful enough to blow holes in space and time. Then they bring in a ton of psychedelic and prog synths and atmosphere, and you've got yourself some heavy shit! Totally glad these guys popped up!