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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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1. BoltThrower writes:

C'mon man! There's got to be better than this in NYC. There's like 10,000,000 people.

# Sep 14, 2009 @ 8:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. zMETALlica writes:

Long Island is not exactly all of NYC. One week i do this, i'm gonna take a look at NYC thrash metal bands. There's a lot, so it's not gonna be easy to hone in on 3. I got a few in mind :). also if you know better long island bands who are unsigned and still active, lemme know. I'll highlight them in another edition of the column.

# Sep 14, 2009 @ 9:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BoltThrower writes:

Dude, I'm in Iowa and that is closer than I ever want to get to NYC. You're on your own.

# Sep 14, 2009 @ 9:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. zMETALlica writes:

hehe exactly. sadly the scene in certain parts caters to specific genres and I'm trying to avoid metalcore that's populated everywhere.

# Sep 14, 2009 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. cazzo writes:

Hello zmetallica, thanks for kind words about point blank, we really appreciate this. Working on some new crap now, when its done Ill send you a copy if you want. Iowa? What is that?

# Sep 15, 2009 @ 7:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Jenny writes:

The first time I heard the female vocals from Dormitory Effect, I immediately thought of the 90s. It took me about 20 sec. to to stomach them, but I did. In certain cases I'm quite skeptical of female vocalists and I'm quick to not give them more than 8 sec. of my listening time, yet this band pulled it off. They're slowly growing on me as I think about them and I like that.

With Point Blank, I can definitely hear their influences. "Visiting Hours" is a good track, and I also liked "Savior Self". LOL at Charlie Daniels cover.

Whorelord (love the name:) is interesting to me. "Cancelled Revolution" and "I am Rapture" were my favorite tracks.

Very fun article today.

# Sep 15, 2009 @ 10:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. zMETALlica writes:

Thanks Jenny!

# Sep 16, 2009 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Meredith writes:

I'm glad we can be "stomached" haha..thank you zach you rule for helping out the LONG ISLAND scene =)
And I'll get you obviously a free DE cd when its finally done..I think you'll be impressed, it's a lot different than the older stuff ...and I can't wait for the new point blank!

# Sep 17, 2009 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Jenny writes:

zMETALlica: No man, thank you!

Meredith: Heh heh hope you don't take my comment as a bad thing; the rhythm is good, it just takes me a bit to wrap my head around female vocals sometimes. If I had one word to describe the effect the vocals had on me, it would be "Poison." Slowly but surely the liking (in this case) spreads. "Let This Cease" has a Tool vibe to it I think; I dig that track, and "Bide My Time" is the other one I like.

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