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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Austrian Metal Scene, Part 1: Graz

Whenever I meet people from outside Austria and we get to talk about Austrian metal bands it is a safe bet that people will come up with death metal veterans like Pungent Stench and Miasma - who both sadly enough are no longer active in their original line ups. Last not least of course the Austrian blackened death metal juggernaut Belphegor will always get a mention.

Today it's time to take a closer look at that country's secret Austrian metal underground capital, the city of Graz, for a threesome of Austria's best you probably never heard of but are sure worth listening to. Read on to discover three bands that all go in different directions while remaining inside the realm of melodic death and thrash metal: the modern melodic death metal outfit Disfigured Divinity, progressive melodic metal group Rest In Fear, and melodic death thrash band veterans Darkfall.

Disfigured Divinity

The melodic death metallers are offering songs rich in variety and composed of a well-made mix of catchy choruses and violent galopping mosh parts.

The band dropped their debut album "Zapotectron" in 2013, which can be bought at BigCartel, iTunes and Amazon-Mp3. Two clips for their songs "Mandatory Heirs" and "Insignificance In Space And Time" can be streamed below.

Rest In Fear

The band's music is defined by catchy guitar and keyboard hooklines, a fast-paced second guitar and rock-influenced baselines. Another defining feature is the resolute rhythmic mix of vocals and drums, both of which range from traditional metal styles to progressive experiments.

Rest In Fear's second effort "Shallows Deep" released in 2014 is pretty much different to its forerunner "Insert Yourself" and has become more progressive, faster, harder and more versatile. Check out "Shallows Deep" below and visit their bandcamp page or the G Minor Records homepage to purchase the new album.

Darkfall

Finishing off today's look at Austria's Graz based addition to the metal scene is Darkfall, which ever since their very beginning in 1995 have been known for uncompromising and down-to-earth death thrash metal.

The new album "Road to Redemption" - dropped in 2013 via Noisehead Records - is both a continuation of their legacy as well as a step towards a new era. Darkfall released a lyric video for the song "Fading Away" which can be streamed below.

These are only three of the Austrian metal bands hailing from the city of Graz to be found out there, so be sure to recommend some more to us below and let us know what you thought of these picks. Also check back in next week as continue to Unearth the Metal Underground!

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Lugal Ki En is a die hard metal fan since the early eighties. His musical taste ranges from NWOBHM, thrash metal, death and black Metal to deathcore.

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