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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The New Jersey Extreme 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 New Jersey extreme metal scene.

The extreme metal scene in New Jersey is hard to find, but it's there. I find that most of them like to hide under the radar and remain underground. the bands I'm featuring here aren't that kind. these are the ones looking to make their foot print in the scene by doing something a little different in their own way. There are too many bands around that do the same song over and over again with different lyrics and in a different key or tempo.

Grim Monolith

This young death/black metal band has created a three song demo and currently has one of the songs on their MySpace page. The band is currently seeking a bassist and, as a result, the current status of the band is questionable. Their sound is a mix of black metal vocals over thrashy black metal guitars. The vocalist frequently switches from a death metal growl and a black metal scream. Watch a video of them performing a song live below:

The Doomsday Prophecy

The Doomsday Prophecy are perhaps the most up and coming band in the NJ area that I’ve ever mentioned. They have hardcore fanbase that seems to be only growing, decent recordings, and have constant shows, which win new fans a lot. The band features members of Mister Monster, a horror-punk band, Norman Bates, a tech-death-hardcore band, and Gotham Road, which featured Michale Graves [Misfits] on vocals. This all-star group is something that takes the best of all it’s musicians and creates a unique frenzy. I didn’t know what to expect from this band live, but the energy they unleash on stage is something that many bands need to recognize. It’s more than just head banging, it’s about moving. The guitars are an interesting mix of thrash, death and black metal with the occasional well-placed breakdown. The drummer, Jake Blochinger, shows off his blast beats and double bass, but isn’t afraid to scale back enough with a simpler steady beat. This creates more anticipation in the music. Vocals are screams and growls straight out of a melodic death metal band. Check out their music on their ReverbNation page.

Watch their entire set at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ from 11/27/09 below:

Grimus

Grimus is a more typical sounding brutal extreme death metal band. Deep growls, heavy music, fast guitars blast beats. The thing with this band is that they’re good and aren’t afraid to change up the feel of the music to keep you interested. They listed hardcore as part of the genre listing on myspace, but I don’t hear it at all. Members of Grimus have also played in Skies Devoured, Death By Names, The breathing Process, At Rest, and two of the members currently play in Windfaerer. Seeing the band early on in their career, they caught my interest by the energy the singer had and the power and speed of their drummer. Definitely another band to keep an eye on. Check out their music on their MySpace page.

Watch a video of them performing at the Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ on 11-21-2008:

Here’s a video of them performing at Clara Barton Hall in Edison NJ on 5/15/09:

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

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