Unearthing the Metal Underground: The Vancouver, Canada Scene
Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week, I am exploring the metal scene in Vancouver, Canada.
First, I give you one of the best live bands in Vancouver: Gross Misconduct. As huge fans of Chuck Shuldiner (R.I.P.), Gross Misconduct picks up where Death left off. The band also draws influences from Iron Maiden, Slayer and good old Metallica. The death/thrash-metal four-piece have opened up for big names such as The Haunted and Amon Amarth. Gross Misconduct maintains the high quality metal that epitomized Death. It is impressive how both Schuldiner and Gross Misconduct vocalist/guitarist David London can pull off singing while playing such technical metal.
Gross Misconduct is currently working on the follow-up to its debut, "The Process of Indoctrination." Check them out at www.myspace.com/grossmisconductmetal and www.grossmisconduct.net and pick up a copy of new album when it comes out in 2010.
Archon Legion is another death/thrash metal band, but from Victoria (close enough to Vancouver). I first caught them in a community centre full of a pubescent teens and their moms, but don't let the audience fool you; Archon Legion mean dead-serious business. Archon Legion uses Iron Maiden and Judas Priest's sense of melody and harmonized guitars with a nice touch of brutality, which ends up being a power/death-metal-crossover band. Grant Truesdell and Andrew Saunders create a great interplay between the harsh (almost black metal) and clean vocals as well. Listen to them at www.myspace.com/archonlegion.
For those of you wanting to hear the darker side of Vancouver, I present to you black metal band Artep. What started out as a solo project of guitarist Artep in the cold bleak north in 2005 soon became a full-blown aural assault. The band's promo, "Black War," gained great reviews. In addition, the album, "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as Is Done in Hell," was mastered by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque at Sonictrain Studios in Sweden.
Artep recently signed with Bleak Art Records and will release their full-length album sometime in the near future. Given that Vancouver has grey, rainy depressing winters, much like Norway, Artep's brand of black metal seems at home on the west coast. Fans of Dimmu Borgir, Emperor and Satyricon need to hear Artep (www.myspace.com/artepmetal).
Certainly there are more quality metal bands in Vancouver, Canada. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground Vancouver metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.
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