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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.

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1. jeffdecay writes:

you missed villian

# Aug 17, 2009 @ 4:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. TheMidnightCowboy writes:

Notice none of these bands are from South Jersey. Ugh sucks to be stuck here with the Emo-infested SJ scene. You have to go to Philly to hear anything half decent from local bands. But I must agree with the post above me, when The Villain (new S.Jersey metal band) gets they're demo done, SJ will have someone to talk about.

# Aug 17, 2009 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. zMETALlica writes:

SJ bands used to be good, Beyond the Flesh, for example, but now a lot of the good bands either got signed, broke up, or just got really sh**ty and less metal (and more emo-ish). it actually annoyed me that i had a bit hard time finding good metal bands from NJ that aren't something core in them, of different styles, or just not great. it's sad cause bout 10 years ago i'd have tons of bands to work with...

also i'd like to mention that some members of Mortum are from southern/central jersey.

# Aug 17, 2009 @ 7:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RTB writes:

Never thought i d see blackmetal artist and new jersey in the same sentence....idk what it is, but for me its really hard for me to digest american blackmetal bands, rather than european BM...somethings missing, idk what it is....Zack checked out your MS page, cool sh!t bro...and 50$ a studio session is dirt cheap...thats a steal, good luck bro

# Aug 17, 2009 @ 8:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

Come on, man, you said there were only 3 metal bands in Jersey! How could you miss one? :-)

# Aug 17, 2009 @ 8:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. TheMidnightCowboy writes:

zMETALlica - You said it like it is brother, cool to see someone else has spent time in Jersey Metal and knows how it is now in SJ. Almost every band in SJ is too concerned with what scene to be in, they forgot to just write some good metal tunes. I hate to see bands struggle just trying to make sure all they're songs fit into one sub-genre. Glad to see at least 3 bands in the rest of Jersey are pumping out some good metal tunes though,so thank you very much for shedding some light on them and making Jersey look decent again.

# Aug 17, 2009 @ 8:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. metal2death writes:

DIIIRRRTYYY JERSEYYYYYY! IN PA WE HAD DESTROYING THE MACHINE!!!

# Aug 18, 2009 @ 1:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Zukros writes:

Windfaerer are awesome. New favourite band, methinks - these guys blend Wintersun and Korpiklaani in an awesome way, and their demo is better than the majority of most songs by those bands. :D

Thanks for this article, I look forwards to more awesome bands listed in the future - if only because i'm too lazy to actively go out and find even more fairly underground melodeath.

# Aug 18, 2009 @ 6:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Bill writes:

i agree with post #4. i mean i'm from jersey, but nothing beats that european black metal.

# Aug 18, 2009 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. checkityo writes:

these bands suck...only good metal bands coming from Jersey are #12LLU, dillinger, binary code, at rest and the rest of them are crap

# Aug 21, 2009 @ 4:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. zMETALlica writes:

The Binary Code are awesome man, I will definitely include them in my next NJ column, but they are also already pretty well established, compared to the bands listed which are just starting out. it seems like that you dislike the genres more than the bands themselves, as you listed bands that are in very different genres. also #12 can hardly be considered metal any more lol and DEP is more mathcore than metal.

# Aug 22, 2009 @ 2:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. dannyjd writes:

Here are some other Jersey bands that I happen to enjoy, mostly from the Passaic Co area:
Enemy Inferis, With Daggers Drawn, Will Killmore, One Brick Down, Bled for Glory, Ashes of Your Enemy....

Are there any decent spots to put on a metal show in Jersey these days? Seems the old reliable places are getting shut down...

# Aug 28, 2009 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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