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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Extreme Metal Scene

Holy crap, more than one Unearthing column is arriving in a single year? It's not an early Christmas present, we're just back on the indie train bringing you the best of the best from the metal underground. Shifting gears heavily from the last look at progressive bands in October, today we're going to cover some of the most extreme groups around in the death and black metal realms.

Dyscarnate

After releasing a demo and an EP back in the group's early years, the extremely bludgeoning U.K. group Dyscarnate first came to our attention in 2009 by signing to Siege Of Amida Records. That partnership would see the release of the bulk of Dyscarnate's existing catalog: “Enduring The Massacre” in 2010 followed by “And So It Came To Pass” in 2012.

Sadly, the band was dormant on the release front for several years afterword, eventually parting ways with vocalist Henry Yates and recruiting new member Al Llewellyn in late 2015. The fruits of that collaboration are finally on the horizon as Dyscarnate is now appropriately signed on Unique Leader – a label specifically known for devastating technical death metal.

A third full-length album is coming in 2017 and we can't wait to hear it, but for now you can check out previous album “And So It Came To Pass" here:

Death Fetishist

The cult underground label Debemur Morti Productions brings us this new U.S. outfit, having just unleashed debut full-length album “Clandestine Sacrament.” The entire haunting and menacing black metal opus is available below.

If you're getting a Deathspell Omega vibe from the artwork and band details, you aren't alone. That's magnified when you check out the group's Bandcamp page, bearing this ominous biblical passage: “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

There's a kvlt aspect to the production, and the album is typified by that sort of otherwordly and hypnotic guitar work mixed with booming drums that the aforementioned French group is known for, but this isn't a carbon copy imitator. There's a good deal of death and doom influence in there as well. If your metal needs to terrify you and keep you constantly off balance, Death Fetishist is a band you want to keep an ear on.

Bloodway

Costin Chioreanu, the artist behind Twilight 13 Media who has done more than a few album covers, is the mastermind of this absolutely nuts Romanian metal band. The genre this lands in is totally up in the air, with Bloodway referring to itself alternatively as either dark metal or progressive black metal. I'd say there's a lot more going on in the music here than either of those descriptors would even indicate.

Musically, the group's first album “Mapping The Moment With The Logic And Dreams” is as solid as it is varied, going just all over the map and covering a dozen or so sub-genres. What will probably make or break the band for you is the incredibly hoarse vocal delivery, which gets more bizarre as the album progresses.

Bloodway might best express what's going on with the LP by stating: “The entire album is a very tough introspection and meditation on the relationship between mind, soul and the outside world. The name presents the main conclusion of the album, as it can be easily translated into 'live in the present and focus on the unseen.' It is a pretentious album at many levels because our main focus was to create a record that is completely able to satisfy us as listeners. This was the main priority and we did not consider any influences coming from culture, media, public opinions, trends, rules.”

After that crazy release, Bloodway dropped a split album with Valborg, and for now the future remains uncertain as to what is coming next.

There are a ton more bands that take metal to its extreme limits that are worth hearing, and these are just three in an ocean of talent out there. What did you think of our picks, and what bands would you recommend we try out that we might not have heard before?

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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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