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Unearthing The Metal Underground: A Look At The Fledgling Metal Scene

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We have somehow reached a staggering 21,000 bands being covered at Metalunderground.com, so with so much noise polluting the airwaves, how's a metal head to know what's worth listening to and what isn't?

We're aiming to help you out with that decision by unearthing three underground groups you should be paying attention to if you dig your metal on the extreme side. This week we dig up three groups that are still new and just getting their footing – with two of them only releasing their debut full-lengths in the coming weeks.

Apparatus

This Denmark-based outfit is just making an appearance in the metal scene, gearing up to release a first studio album next month, consisting of 11 tracks of lo-fi Miskatonic metal that alternately blasts sanity with discordant melody or lays waste to everything with pummeling riffs not afraid to either move at a crawl or take off at light speed.

With titles like “R'lyeh” and “Akrham,” obviously we're dealing with some serious Lovecraft worship here. Dive into the bleak depths with an advance album stream below, or you can pre-order a physical copy through Lavadome Productions.

Morbid Vomit

Typically you wouldn't expect a band called Morbid Vomit to bring anything musically worthwhile to the table, but this Finnish band defies expectations. After a handful of shorter releases, Morbid Vomit will now finally unleash a proper full-length album in October titled “Doctrine of Violence.”

The name of the game here is very much death metal of a distinctly European variety, played at full force but with a few melodic elements and twists in the genre. There's a strong mid-era Bloodbath feel that will appeal to anyone who loved “The Fathomless Mastery” or “Unblessing the Purity.”

One song off the new album is already available below, and more will likely be released in the days leading up to the official “Doctrine of Violence” unveiling, so be sure to follow the band at Facebook.

Invoker

Hailing from Germany, Invoker shares many of the extreme metal traits of the last two bands but has become somewhat more established, releasing debut album “A New Age” back in 2013 and now preparing for sophomore effort “Aeon” to come out next month via Non Serviam Records.

Mixing black and death metal together, “Aeon” features a blitzkrieg guitar attack along with some groove in the bass lines and a guttural vocal presence that's both a welcome and familiar sound but still unique enough to be worth checking out. The title track is available below, and pre-orders are online over here.

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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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