Unearthing the Metal Underground: The Long Island Scene
This week on Unearthing the Metal Underground I am delving into the Long Island, New York scene. This was a bit of a hard task, since a lot of amazing bands I knew of from Long Island have since broken up or are on hiatus, such as Shadowgate. It's not that the scene there is dying, it's just changing. I find more hardcore bands than real metal bands. Most of the people I meet form there love Pantera and Machine Head and other groove metal bands. Furthermore, many bands are switching to a rock/metal crossover styles. The following bands are currently unsigned and from somewhere on Long Island, NY.
The first of which is the female quartet, Domitory Effect. Their unique style combines elements of groove metal and thrash. The singer, Susan Wendelken has an aggressive raspy approach to singing, which makes the music heavier in addition to her growls. Guitarist, Meredith Herman, adds a chunky rhythm with riffs that drive the music. Hard hitting drummer, Gee, keeps the beat going and adds subtle fills that keep it interesting. Though the recordings on their MySpace page are old and poor, the band is currently in the studio working on new songs, which from what i've heard live will blow away anything they've done before.
Point Blank is a heavy and diverse metal band from Lindenhurst, NY. just by going through their MySpace songs. One song is straight up hard rock with heavy riffing underneath it. Another, "By A Thread," is death metal. and another is a great metal cover of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." One thing remains constant, which is that they combine death metal vocals, thrashy riffs, and has a few groove metal tunes. Definitely a band to check out if you dig the styles.
Whorelord is a brutal death metal band who claims that they are "the most offensive death metal band... ever" according to their MySpace page. For a band called Whorelord who has songs entitled "Assraped Again" and "Animal Cunt" it may be hard to take the band seriously, but they got some sick riffs going on. With influences such as Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Dissection, and Dying Fetus, you know what to expect. Definitely a talented group of individuals to check out.
Certainly there are more quality metal bands in Long Island. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground metal bands from the area, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.
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