It’s week 3 already on my quest to discover every unknown Metal band on the planet. The reason I started this blog in the first place was because so many webzines won’t accept submissions from demo level bands, or even bands on small labels. So I’m now finding it very frustrating when (some) bands I contact can’t even be arsed to reply to me.
What’s wrong with the offer of no strings attached free publicity? Maybe they want to remain as a cult band that no one has ever heard of. Trust me, they’re doing a good job of ensuring just that.
Thankfully, the bands that will be on the first In Metal We Trust compilation are the complete opposite. You’ll find more details about that at the end of todays’ posting.
I received a link to Italian Black Metallers, Dogmatic Absolution, at the start of the week. And it was a fine way to begin my weekly listening marathon on a busy Monday morning.
There are only a couple of tracks to listen to, but the quality is good enough to make you want to hear more.
Bringer Of Light was slightly more caustic than I was expecting. The music is generally mid-paced, but the vocals are tad harsher than the music. It didn’t take long for my ears to make the adjustment though. And unlike most Black Metal, the bass can be heard rumbling along on full blast for the songs faster sections.
The Eternal Promise is slightly more polished, mainly because of the atmospheric intro and use of acoustic guitars. Also, at nearly 10 minutes long, it has time to develop into a song of epic proportions. It’s definitely the path for them to follow, as well as the left hand one, of course.
Spotify Band Of The Week
At a time when I’m seriously considering, and trying, to stop drinking alcohol, my musical addiction continues. And it shows no signs of (ever) slowing down.
One of my biggest buzzes about finding new bands, is when you find a band that sound so alien to their own culture. And to top it off, they sound so damn good at what they do.
Ladies and gentlemen, from India, we have Cosmic Infusion. They’re a Symphonic Black Metal band, for the most part. But best song of all is Burial Of Thy Own which has an amazing Viking / Pagan choral section that sounds as authentically Scandinavian as it gets.
This 5 track release is unbelievably good. Find them on Spotify via
http://open.spotify.com/album/0IleGp3egY7dnjRWL3sj8N or search for Cosmic Infusion via the Spotify search engine. Or visit them at www.facebook.com/CosmicInfusion
And a quick mention for another band I discovered through Spotify. I tried to get Mongolian Folk Metal band Nine Treasures for the In Metal We Trust compilation, but I never received any reply.
Never mind. Hop on over to Bandcamp to enjoy the Far East’s answer to Korpiklaani. My personal favourite track is Sonsii http://ninetreasuresband.bandcamp.com/
Shorts, News and links to free stuff
Unfortunately the volume is a bit on the low side, but I do love this cover version of Kraftwerk’s Das Model by Absinthropy. http://absinthropy.bandcamp.com/track/das-model-kraftwerk-cover
But this cover version, wow, maybe the best cover version of all time
Russian Folk Metal band GjeldRune are offering their debut album, Shoronili My Svoy Kray, for free via their website: www.gjeldrune.com
And here’s another album that’s free, this time on Bandcamp.
French Folk Metal - The Compilation
13 bands (from France, obviously) that ply various forms of Folk Metal with a myriad of other influences. Some the bands aren’t great, but there’s a few bands worth discovering.
The winner of the strangest band name of the week goes to Pervy Perkin of Spain. And while they might remind you of a 50 year old perverted schoolmaster (from the old grammar school days, if you’re old enough to remember such times) that still lives at home with mummy, musically, they are in fact quite stunning. A Progressive take on the soundtrack work of Vangelis, with top-notch musicianship and a stunningly clear production. http://pervyperkin.bandcamp.com/album/ink
A band who I like to keep an eye on are called Utstøtt, from Portland, Oregon. I picked up this one man bands EP from Bandcamp and it’s a release that still gets regular airings, almost a year after its creation.
Labelled as “For fans of Windir, Summoning, and Enslaved” it was the comparison to the middle band that made me download this. And essentially, it’s keyboard led Pagan /Viking / Black Metal, very heavy on melody and so very easy on the ear.
A full length is slowly reaching its completion, so lease keep this band bookmarked as the EP is a wonderful appetiser for future greatness.
Get the EP at http://utstott.bandcamp.com/ and look out for the new album via https://www.facebook.com/Utstott
Unfortunately the new Wolves of Avalon album, Boudicca’s Last Stand is delayed until next month. I will try and sort out a pre-order option for the album on Bandcamp at the start of July and it’ll be available everywhere else, hopefully, on July 14th
And finally for this week… drum roll please….
In Metal We Trust will be released on July 1st. It's a digital compilation album and the selling price is just $1.
It's a play on words from various forms of US currency, which feature the words In God We Trust. And as an atheist, Metal is my only religion.
Most of these bands are unsigned, but I have to say, even if I’m extremely biased, the quality is good throughout. The line-up is, in alphabetical order:
Aramaic (United Arab Emirates)
Awake The Sun (Italy)
Crucifixion BR (Brazil)
Godless (Puerto Rica)
Heavy Chains (Costa Rica)
Pick Axe Preacher (USA)
Vomitous Mass (Russia)
Artwork is by Chaz Wood from FenrisWulf Books http://www.chaz-wood.com/
The money that we make from this goes towards the promotion of the album as I’m sending out a hundred or so review copies across the globe. So please support this venture and the bands that are featured.
The album will be available from here: http://sixsixsixmusic.bandcamp.com/
The next compilation will be released on September 1st and the deadline for band submissions is on August 1st. Once again, the price will be just $1.