Unearthing the Metal Underground: The New Jersey Scene
In our newest weekly column, "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands each week in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I’m taking three local and unsigned talented New Jersey metal bands of different sub-genres that will wet your appetite for new music.
The progressive power metal band Ferox Canorus, hailing from Northern NJ combines elements of Symphony X, Iron Maiden, and Children of Bodom. Their guitarist, Dan Sorber is very precise and technical in his playing, while still being able to put feeling into every note. The drummer, Steve Goldberg, though subtle in his playing, still delivers fast double kick action. The keyboarist/vocalist, Chris Colalillo, voice has a lot of potential as he can deliver a diversity of styles including rasp, growl, and clean singing. Though his growls are much better than his cleans, he’s still is able to hold up his role. His keyboard playing is something that could be out of Children of Bodom. Ferox Canorus is definitely a talented up and coming act worth checking out. Listen to some of their older demos here.
The New Jersey trio, Windfaerer, has a unique style, which centers around folk and death metal. The band is composed of a violinist, Liz Arnobit, drummer, JP Andrade, and a guitarist/vocalist, Mikheil Gonçalves, who also provides bass duties. Windfaerer combines the melodic melodies of folk metal with a more death/black metal vocal style. The drummer’s style is always well suited for the music, which journeys through a multitude of genres. The drummer does blast beats, double kick, and slower doom passages. The guitars and violin compliment each other well and the music doesn’t feel cheesy, just very heavy. The quality production on the songs on their EP shows just how talented this band is. The band’s songwriting is polished and a highlight of the music. There aren’t insane solos to be found on this record, just good riffs and melodies. If folk metal is what you seek, Windfaerer is your calling. Check out their music here.
The New Jersey black metal band Mortum is a young band, as the oldest member is 22. Everything about them is grim. They nail the genre right down to the corpse paint live. For a band so young in age, I’m surprised they’re able to pull it off so well. Their current lo-fi recordings are what I expect for black metal. The drummer, Nick "MysticYautja" Buniva, does blast beats, but varies it up enough to not get monotonous and boring. The vocalist, Rhode "Revenge" Rachel, has a scream that stands up against any classic black metal band, such as Emperor. The guitarist, Adam "Ominous" Kerman, provides fast tremolo picked melodic guitar harmonies. Though a strictly black metal band, Mortum provides a range of outside influences including doom and folk metal. If black metal is your thing, this should be the next band you listen to. Their demo songs can be heard here.
Next week I will uncover some underground bands from New York City.
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