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Unearthing The Metal Underground: Three Unknown Metal Bands From Across The Globe

With just under 20,000 bands in our database (and more being added every day) there are more metal bands on the planet than anyone ever would have imagined back when the scene was first getting started.

Unfortunately some of those bands end up falling through the cracks, and groups that deserve recognition get lost in the endless sea of heavy sounds. That's why we take the time to unearth stellar unknown bands and point out the ones you should be training your ears towards.

Today we look at three outfits separated by country and genre boundaries, but which are all lesser known metal groups you should be paying attention closer attention to: Fractured Spine, Hieroglyph, and My Last Suicide.

Fractured Spine

When it comes to the sub-genre of gloomy death/doom bands, you'd probably think first of groups like Swallow The Sun, October Tide, or Daylight Dies.

The unknown version of those genre stalwarts is Fractured Spine, a Finnish outfit that deserves to be among the aforementioned pantheon. With gothic and gloomy clean singing, dark death metal with symphonic leanings, and dreary doom, the band hits all the requisite sounds and does it without sounding like a carbon copy of the bigger names.

In addition to some early demos, the band has two full-length albums available, 2013's “Songs Of Slumber” (available for streaming in full below) and “Memoirs Of A Shattered Mind” released earlier this year. You can pick up Fractured Spine's albums over at Bandcamp here.


Sweet mother of fuck, where have these guys been hiding? I was hooked from the first fade in and harsh scream on the “Freefall” EP, and Hieroglyph officially reeled me in when the spacy sounds and vocals came in.

This unknown little gem showcases tech, prog, brutal death, and a balance between harsh growls and clean female singing (but not in the typical symphonic/gothic way you might expect – this is very much not Sirenia or Epica). The harsh/soft dichotomy, female presence, and overall sound actually gives off a bit of an early Eths vibe.

Hieroglyph has started getting some recognition lately and will be playing the UK Tech-Fest next year. Two releases are currently available: the five-song “Freefall” (streaming in full below) and the earlier two-track “Parasitus/Ozymandius,” which is available over at this location.

My Last Suicide

Harsh and heavy but not lacking a sense of the melodic and never losing a high level of energy, My Last Suicide is a death metal outfit from Bosnia, which unfortunately hasn't graced the metalverse with a full-length album just quite yet.

The trickle of music from this unlikely metal band has kept interest running high however, and hopefully something more substantial is coming soon.

After a debut EP back in 2011, the group has since released a pair of singles - “Crucified For Nothing” and the more recent “I Am God,” which can be heard below. If you like what you hear, be sure to head over to the My Last Suicide Facebook page and show some support/bug the band about releasing more music.

These are but three of the veritable horde of underground metal outfits to be found around the globe – let us know what you thought of these picks and be sure to recommend some unknown bands that deserve more exposure in the comments below.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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1. enCrypt writes:

Loving this!
Please check out The Water Is Rising from the Isle of Man here...

These guys deserve some recognition!


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