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Unearthing the Metal Underground: The New York City Scene

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This week on Unearthing the Metal Underground I am delving into the New York City scene. All bands are currently unsigned and are making a real name for themselves in the underground.

Starting with the female fronted industrial gothic metal band Septemeber Mourning, who are currently on tour with Marilyn Manson, we can see that unsigned bands can get places even without a label. The band's music is composed of heavy riffs topped by catchy vocal melodies with simple drum beats and atmospheric keyboard parts. The vocalist, Emily "M" Lazar, has a unique tone in her voice that has a sweet soft poppy feel to it. What will take you by surprise is that it will change into an angry growl or loud scream. The guitar riffs make you wanna bang your head and the clean vocals make you wanna sing along. The songs are well written and have all the qualities I enjoy about music. For those who like gothic/industrial metal feel free to check September Mourning out at this location.

At first listen the brooklyn/queens based band Severed will sound like a metalcore band, but the band combines elements of death metal, thrash, and black metal into their music which sets them outside of the metalcore genre. The band's vocalist, Christian Geraldino, mainly does growls and has an incredible range and could probably go up against Randy of Lamb of God. The lead guitarist, Justin Wang, provides catchy riffs and melodic lead passages. The band seamlessly blend the breakdowns of metalcore into their music with thrashy gang vocal parts. Further more their riffs are sometimes more black and death metal than typical metalcore bands. Their songs also have a progressive structure. Their new songs that I've seen live, which are currently being recorded as their second album, push the band's boundaries further than their last EP, which can be heard on the band's MySpace page. I'd recommend this band for anyone into thrash, death metal, or metalcore.

Lastly i'd like to talk about Beyond Shadows, who are a melodic death/black metal band from New York. The band recorded some tunes last year at Studio Fredman. Previously all their songs were recorded by vocalist/guitarist Khalid in his home studio with a drum machine. Though primarily a black/death metal sound, they have a lot of thrash influence, ala Carcass. You can expect good riffs, blast beats, and lots of double bass. The catchy guitar melodies and solos are straight out of Swedish melodic death metal, which makes me think if they are illegal aliens from Sweden. The only downfall would be their epic song structure, it can feel drawn out, but then again 6-7 minute songs are hardly epics when compared to Opeth. The epic song structure isn't necessarily a bad thing as it gives a bit of a progressive element to the music. For fans of melodic death metal check out Beyond Shadows at this location.

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1. Andrew Rocco writes:

I've seen severed live at a show, they are a very good band and I remembered them specifically because they gave out free CD's. I'd like to mention that I am in a local NYC band called Turbulence. You can check us out at.
myspace.com/turbulencenyc

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2. Toast writes:

Glad to see the support for underground bands.
NY especially Long Island has a real lack of venues and with the ton of scenester fags coming to what little is left it makes it even harder. I give credit to any bands that are still pushing out of NY.

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3. zMETALlica writes:

"NY especially Long Island has a real lack of venues and with the ton of scenester fags " - sounds like a challenge, maybe next week I'll pull out some awesome bands from LI. hehe.

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4. Khalid writes:

Thanks Toast!

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5. GORECUNT writes:

September Mourning - I'm assuming they're okay for their respective genre.

Severed - Don't like the metalcore elements too much. But definitely brutal.

Beyond Shadows - f***ING AWESOME! They had me at the intro of "The March Goes On."

One of you guys should take a look at the DC scene! If not, I'll see if I have time to do it, or at least help one of you.

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6. zMETALlica writes:

gorec***: I'm thinking bout the DC scene, but one of my favorite bands from there recently got signed (Periphery).

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7. faustus writes:

i like me some granny porn

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8. Apu writes:

Honestly those bands are strictly 'ok', and good luck to them.

# Sep 2, 2009 @ 10:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Jenny writes:

With Served on "Real Eyes" the first spoken word vocals were odd to me, and I thought I would get annoyed by them, but as soon as the vocals changed and I gave the song I listen I ended up loving their sound. "A Better Way" is one kick a$$ song; intro was straight to the point and it got me worked up!

With Beyond Shadows, the transition that happens at 1:14 on "Where No Sorrow Follows" is awesome (plus it had me from the start), and "The March Goes On" is just Brutal.

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10. InfernoNecrosis writes:

This was a good article and you should continue doing this, zmetallica :)

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