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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Northern New Jersey Death 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 northern New Jersey death metal scene.

New Jersey has tons of tiny local death metal/hardcore bands. Sadly, most of them are hardly worth a listen. Most of them also have sub-par recordings. But today I will focus on a few bands that caught my attention lately and will tear your face off.


The first is Annunaki. Their style is hard to categorize, as they borrow from many sub-genres of metal including thrash, death, black, and a hint of a more progressive technical nature. Judging from their MySpace songs, they keep things short and to the point. Vocals alternate between a death metal growl and a black metal scream. The fast music carries a lot of momentum. Annunaki is for people like their music fast, aggressive, and to the point. Check out their music on their MySpace page. Also their debut album can be found on youtube. Watch the band perform the song "March of the Militia of the Dead" live in Brooklyn at Europa on 02/16/08:

Ruins of Akora

Next up is the death/thrash metal band Ruins of Akora. Their singer has an aggressive metalcore like scream, but it works with the music. The music thrashy and will get your head banging or have you moshing with your computer desk for those of you who do that. Check out a couple of their demo songs on their MySpace page. The also band has a lot of live videos at this location. Watch the band perform their song “To Die Alone” at Dingbatz on 10/25/2009:

Darkness Descends

Darkness Descends again combines death, thrash, and hardcore. Some songs include breakdowns, but they are well-placed and blend with the rest of the music. Guitars are thrashy with breakdowns. The band’s demos are very rough sounding. The vocalist exudes a more hardcore vibe in his vocal growls and screams than a death metal. Check out the band’s music on their MySpace page. You can also watch a live video of the band below:

Certainly there are more quality death metal bands in Northern New Jersey. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground Northern New Jersey metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.

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1. Rayze writes:

"Darkness Descends again combines death, thrash, and hardcore, but they add in some hardcore influences." That's strange.

Besides that, yep, never heard of these bands. Nice way to expand my music library.

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2. zMETALlica writes:

haha thanks rayze, missed that one!

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3. Jackie O writes:

Ruins of Akora rules

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4. undead writes:

lethal strike, inception, hatred embraced, gorematory, grind bastard, anticosm, fiakara

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5. odie writes:

darkness descends is insane live.......awesome band that will change alot !!

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