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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The New Metal Scene

Man, this just always manages to happen. We get a couple of Unearthing The Metalunderground columns up and running and then somehow its been months again since the last one. That phenomena struck again as I look back and see it's been four months since the previous entry!

Back at the end of January we covered three bands with totally unexpected sounds, and now its time to get back into the swing of things with three groups still in their infancy, only having been around for a few years or even just getting started in 2017. These bands may be on the newish side, but they've all got a fabulous polished sound that belies that youth.

Below we cover three lesser known groups with a fairly broad range of sounds that are all worth your attention: young Norwegian project Korrupt, Russian outfit Dark Matter Secret, and finally Ursinne, a death metal supergroup that isn't going to be underground for long!

Korrupt

Thrash meets hardcore punk! This particular genre-mashing group actually just came to my attention today, which is coincidental as metal/punk mashup godfathers Amebix also just announced the re-release of a classic album this same day.

Picture that classic sound updated to a more modern, energetic style, and you aren't far off from what Korrupt has to offer. The "Preachers and Creatures" album is coming in August via Fysisk Format, with pre-order info available here and advance track "Martyrs" available below.

That crusty sound mixed with high-energy thrash and hardcore is a thing of beauty, and I can't wait to hear a lot more from this promising band.

Dark Matter Secret

I've been consistently impressed by what I've heard from this instrumental Russian trio. It's technical death metal with a progressive twist, and every song that's come online so far has kept me constantly engaged the whole way through even without any vocal work.

If you've been missing stuff like Blotted Science or need a new fix of Obscura-style metal sans the vocals, you'll want to hear Dark Matter Secret. After a two-song demo back in 2015, the band is now unleashing full-length offering "Perfect World Creation," set for release on June 2nd through The Artisan Era.

Ursinne

Considering this is a supergroup featuring David Ingram, we may be skirting the "underground" part here, but for the moment, nobody has heard of this group quite yet. I strongly suspect that will be very swiftly changing - expect this to make a splash on a similar scale to what Gruesome did just a few years back.

Old school death metal is the order of the day here, but upcoming debut album "Swim With the Leviathan" is less plodding and more stylistically varied than your typical brutal death metal excursion.

Besides the original material, there's some really fascinating cover tunes here from music by The Osmonds, The Vapors, and even Queens Of The Stone Age. Transcending Obscurity Records will be handling the album's release on August 20th, 2017. Check out early teaser track "Talons" below.

What did you think of our three picks this week, and what newer metal bands have recently arrived on the scene that you'd recommend we check out?

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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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