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Unearthing The Metal Underground: An Eclectic Slice Of The European Metal Scene

Although we'll cover the big names like Metallica and Motorhead, our goal at Metalunderground.com is to always to bring the lesser known local bands that deserve your attention out of obscurity and into the collective metal consciousness.

To that end we periodically unearth bands you may not have had the chance to hear before that all offer up quality material. Today we'll cover a huge range of sound and even a massive number of miles between countries with three bands from different corners of Europe who all lean towards drastically different corners of the genre spectrum.

Postvorta

Experimental, ambient, introspective... Postvorta soothingly beckons you through smooth and seemingly stable sonic corridors, then unexpectedly blows up the ceiling and drops tons of bludgeoning metal on your head.

The Italian sound smiths have dubbed their music “post metal.” I call it “something you need to listen to immediately if you dig Neurosis or Isis.”

The full “Beckoning Light We Will Set Ourselves On Fire” album was self-released earlier this year and just last month saw a physical edition through Bleeding Light Records. The whole album can be heard through the player below, and you can pick up a digital or physical copy at this location.

Pervy Perkin

Good luck trying to figure out what genre to call this Madrid, Spain-based band. The group dropped the “Ink” album back in March, which offers up a solid two hours of music in one location – and not a single song could possibly be called the same genre as any other track.

The trumpets calling out in “Opening Credits” let you immediately know you are about to hear something quite a bit different than the norm, and even just that opening track goes through about five different styles, culminating in a symphonic “let's on an epic fantasy journey” marching tune.

Across the disc (and even within individual songs!) you'll hear wind instruments, operatic vocals, video game sound effects, clearly Spanish influenced ethnic sounds, and more. Even the track lengths don't care about sticking to a single framework, as there are four minute songs and 20 minute songs next to each other. While a good percentage of the album can be described as “symphonic,” “operatic,” “theatrical,” or “folkish,” it doesn't skimp out on the metal either!

Take the full journey for yourself through the player below, or by heading over to the Pervy Perkin Bandcmap page here.

Dreamgrave

Rebooted after a host of lineup changes, Hungarian group Dreamgrave just last month released the “Presentiment” album, which at first seems familiar but before long offers up a series of twists and turns outside the typical sounds.

This latest release sees the group wrapping progressive and post-rock elements around a core of dark metal with a beauty-and-the-beast presentation of harsh growls and female clean singing. From technical noodling to psychedelic keyboards and more, the full-length has more than a few surprises up its sleeve, and is well worth hearing for fans of progressive metal that loves to play with the boundaries between genres.

Preview the new album in full below, and if you dig the sound, be sure to pick up a copy by heading over here.

These are just three of the many, many underground bands out there that deserve more attention. Be sure to let us know what you thought of these picks, and offer up some suggestions of your own in the comments below!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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