Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Perth Metal Scene, Part 2
Band Photo: Voyager (?)
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. I’ve already put the spotlight on some Perth death metal bands - this week I am checking out some Perth bands that don’t quite fit in with any other group.
Claim The Throne
When you think of folk metal, you inevitably think of the ancient cultures of Europe – the Scandinavians, the Celts, the Germanic peoples. Frozen steppes, green pastures, dark and ominous forests. Well, Claim The Throne is a folk metal band from Perth, Western Australia – a city established 180 years ago in a country with barely 220 years of European settlement. A city that swelters on the edge of a desert, a coastal city with more of a beach and pub rock history than a folk one.
Well, it might sound crazy but it works. Claim the Throne is one of Perth’s best-loved bands, combining elements of black and death metal with folk influences to create rollicking tales of heroism, battle, feasting and of course, ale. The band always look the part on stage, and their audiences have been known to dress up as well. Their debut album, Only The Brave Return, was released in 2008 with an accompanying novel, and was followed up in 2009 with a CD/DVD release, Aletales. Their ever-growing popularity sees them supporting Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm on their dates across Australia. Check them out on their MySpace page and in a video below.
The first time I saw Neverborn live, I was confused. Within a song or two confusion turned to annoyance, but by the end of the set I was converted. They’re a difficult band to get into but it’s worth taking the effort to listen and understand.
The band describes themselves as progressive metal but that’s only part of the story. Brainchild of keyboardist Jez Devereux, Neverborn have released three albums, most recently the well-received Decimator, filled with really heavy riffs, melodies and harmonies where you’d least expect them, and some of the most innovative use of keyboards I’ve heard. Their live show can only be described as deranged, with a variety of home-made props completing the stage setup including a demon head keyboard stand.
Check them out on MySpace and below.
Started by Daniel Estrin in 1999, Voyager is a band with a long history in Perth, with numerous line-up changes over the years and four albums to their name as well as tours in Australia and Europe. Billed as progressive power metal, their sound is melodic and expansive, based heavily around Estrin’s keyboards.
Check out Voyager here and their official music video for "The Devil In Me" below.
Certainly there are more quality metal bands in Perth. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground Perth 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.
Kay Smoljak is an Aussie photographer, geek, metalhead and goat aficioado who is currently hiding out in Berlin. She blogs sometimes at enter the goatlady.
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