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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Los Angeles Metal 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 Los Angeles metal scene.

If you live in Los Angeles, or have been to a metal show, whether it be death metal, thrash metal, or just metal, you may have become accustomed to watching several unsigned bands perform before an advertised lineup start their sets. As soon as you're inside the venue, the bands set up, and they finally play. Sometimes, these bands make your want to run into a brick wall, head first, because they are an awful, yet convoluted noise somehow crushed on top of fingernails scratching across a chalk board. But, on rare occasions, you finally notice a band that would be, in your eyes, considered an artist in the making. Here are three unsigned metal bands from Los Angeles and surrounding areas that definitely need to be heard and given a chance in the world of heavy metal.

Fallen Figure

Fallen Figure is a death metal band that comes straight from the heart of Los Angeles. They conjure a unique sound within their music that is hard to find in this age - a mixture that is comprised of melody, a touch of hardcore, and even a hint of classic death. Everything from the vocals, to the percussion, to the riffs, to the rhythm; they add something different to the "new era" of death metal; catchy songs, surprisingly good guitar solos, and actual energy and movement on stage. See for yourself below:

Internal Corrosion

Internal Corrosion is a thrash metal band from a small city on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Whittier. They will definitely be considered one of the up and coming thrash bands of 2010. They have an evoking sound with classic vibes. They are reminiscent of Slayer, Kreator, and old-school Metallica from the Master of Puppets days. Check out some of Internal Corrosion's music on their MySpace page.

Imminent Death

While not directly from Los Angeles, Imminent Death is in the area of the OC (Orange County), hailing from Huntington Beach, about 40 miles south of L.A. By first listen, you would never guess that this band is as young as they really are. Just from listening to their only song listed on their MySpace, "Kill Ritual," they sound as if they've been together for ten years; their music sounds very seasoned and well put together, or assembled. While they definitely need work on their stage presence, if this band stays together they will soon be on the list for the best death metal bands of one of these coming years.

Of course, there are definitely many more great metal bands in Los Angeles that I haven't even heard of. If you know of any other good underground Los Angeles metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.

Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.

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Jenna Williams "The Scream Queen" is a very passionate heavy metal fan who has a special love for death metal. She dedicates her time to interviewing all different types of heavy metal artists from around the world on her up and coming website, TheScreamQueen.com.

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1. Unholy_Thrasher writes:

I'm not familiar with any of the bands mentioned in this article. In addition, I will give each band a more thorough listen after this comment.

Have you ever heard of Sadistic Intent? They've been an underground death metal band since '87. They draw great influence from Celtic Frost and Slayer. Every member in this band currently plays with Jeff Becerra in Possessed (who played in L.A. last night). The Cortez bro's own and operate a metal record store named "Dark Realm Records" here in Downey, California.

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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

I enjoyed the Fallen Figure tune, but couldn't get past the sound quality for Imminent Death. Anxious to see if my buddy Bruno has anything to add as well as Caesar's (above) suggestions.

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3. Rychemn writes:

L.A. has alwys been a leader in hard rock/heavy metal....good to see these bands continue the tradition....someday I would like to travel out there and see all the clubs that have made so many groups near and dear to me.

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