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Below is our complete Skrog news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.
To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.
Writer Rex_84 nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Pallbearer, Pilgrim, Skrog, Dopelord, and Kill Devil Hill. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.
Doom metal was the preferred sound of great upstarts in the year 2012. No band was as impactful as Pallbearer. “Sorrow and Extinction,” the debut album by these Arkansas lads, found the top of many journalists’ “best of” list. The slow melodies of Candlemass, the groove of Saint Vitus and distant, Ozzy-like vocals describes the band in familiar terms. The group deals equal amounts of despair and psychedelics. It’s one hell of a bad acid trip, brain fuck!
"The Global Elite," the debut album from Minneapolis industrial metal war machine Skrog, is now streaming over at bandcamp in its entirety or below in the widget. Skrog is the work of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Jay Reiter and "The Global Elite" is an explosive, damning account of the current state of American politics and policies. Reiter went into a track-by-track dissertation of the album had this to say about the themes explored on "The Global Elite":
Skrog's 'The Global Elite' is the perfect summarization of 2012. It reflects on a lot of the political turmoil across the globe. It speaks out to the '99%.' It reflects on the 'Occupy' movement. It speaks out against terrorism. And best of all, it speaks to people around the world. Although the album focuses quite a bit on America and its global policies, a lot of issues The Global Elite addresses affect everyone. No matter who you are or where you come from, Skrog's 'The Global Elite' will move and affect you.
The album starts out with 'The Revelation', a song which draws parallels between the current global state of affairs and the last book of the Bible. The second track, 'MK-Ultra,' is a song about the declassified CIA operation that involved dosing unaware U.S. citizens with illegal mind altering drugs. Military Industrial Complex uses samples from Eisenhower's farewell address and JFK's 'Monolithic' speech to paint a grim picture of an unheeded warning against current military expansion.
The fourth track, 'Submit,' is a fast paced declaration of resistance against the Global Elite.' End of the World (As You Know It),' the album's fifth track, is a prediction of the end of peace in America and the start of global nuclear war. The album takes a turn at the sixth track into political doom and gloom; 'Dark Metamorphosis' poses a more surreal apocalypse - the rise of the undead. 'The Hunter' and 'The Hunted' comprise a two-part concept; the former an instrumental that takes the listener through a soundscape of the synthetic and the acoustic, the latter being a fast paced thrash song about the lives of the elite through their own eyes.
Skrog recently released a video for "My Dark Metamorphosis," which can be viewed after the jump. That track was recently on the short zombie film "Arise."