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Below is our complete Bastard Sapling 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.
Today we'll conclude our coverage of the best metal talent from last year by featuring nominees from three different contributors. You can also find yesterday's post on nominated acts over here.
Metalunderground.com site founder deathbringer nominated:
I haven't been following as many new, up-and-coming bands this year as usual, but I couldn't help but notice that Chicago thrash/doom band Earthen Grave released a first full-length album in 2012. The self-titled effort followed (and also contains the songs from) the "Dismal Times" EP from 2009, which has been in heavy rotation in my doom playlists for a long time. The band most notably features Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of Trouble), and Rachel Barton Pine on electric violin. The violin is used to excellent effect to add atmosphere on the doomy songs and even some solos during the faster parts. The band has also done an excellent cover of Witchfinder General's "Burning a Sinner." Check out the epic "Death On The High Seas" below:
Robotic Empire's audio archiving project "Robotic Obscurities" has seen a new posting, including newly unearthed and previously unreleased material from several Richmond, Virginia metal bands.
Approved and sanctioned by all the bands, demo and/or rare material from CANNABIS CORPSE, BATTLEMASTER, INTER ARMA, BASTARD SAPLING and NECKBRACE has all been posted for free download, and previously unavailable online elsewhere.
Demo CD releases from INTER ARMA, BASTARD SAPLING and NECKBRACE are joined by previously unreleased tracks from CANNABIS CORPSE and BATTLEMASTER. This highlights a few of the high-caliber metal bands playing in Richmond, Virginia at the time and is a solid documentation of the current Richmond metal scene.
This completely free audio and much more can be found at the Robotic Obscurities blog.