Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Vancouver 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 showcasing Vancouver, Canada’s stellar underground death metal scene, the same city that gave birth to internationally recognized acts such as 3 Inches of Blood, Strapping Young Lad and Bison B.C to name a few. Vancouver though is one city that always has a long list of talented young bands that can easily become metal’s next big discovery.
Death metal and its variances have always been the most dominating metal genre in Vancouver. With quite a few venues catering specifically to the underground metal niche its easy for young bands to flourish. Even with the closure/re-modelling of some of Vancouver’s most iconic metal venues (The Cobalt R.I.P, Pub 340) the underground metal scene refuses to die and becomes bigger each and every year.
First up is Malice Plagued. Quite possibly the most under-rated metal band going in Vancouver today, Malice Plagued is known for their unrelenting dedication to their music and their live performances. With a wide range of influences coming from acts like Rush, Black Sabbath, Testament, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Death, Malice Plagued has crafted a death-thrash hybrid sound unique to themselves, which is what keeps Vancouver crowds coming back for more after every show. Vocalist/guitarist Kyle Pepin knows what it means to be a proper front-man and can command audiences, shred and perform his distinct vocal style with effortless precision. The band is rounded out by drummer Lance Powell and bassist Kyle Smedley. This three piece death-thrash unit is one to keep an eye on and will surely be turning heads in the metal scene for years to come and should be the next Vancouver metal act to be breaking out to an international audience.
Fetus Grinder is a young, technical three piece death-grind act known for their exceptional musicianship and intense brutality. With one studio album under their belts released in 2009, “Terror in the Women’s Clinic,” Fetus Grinder has only just begun their onslaught on the metal masses. Inspired by the likes of Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse and Hate Eternal and with song titled like “Third Trimester Holocaust,” “Train Suicide Aftermath,” and “Hatchet Versus Genitals,” Fetus Grinder is a band following in the footsteps of the true death metal mantra and delivers the brutality at every gig. With the dual-vocal attack from guitarist/vocalist Vincent Yu and bassist/vocalist Alex Reinbergs; Fetus Grinder has set their path to mutilate every audience they happen to perform in front of.
The last band being profiled in this week’s “Unearthing the Metal Underground” is none other than Star Wars themed porno-grinders Zuckuss. Zuckuss is a band that truly does not care what anyone thinks about them and does what they want, how they want and when they want. Named after a bounty hunter from the Empire Strikes Back film, Zuckuss delivers their comical yet deadly combination of death metal meets grindcore meets porn meets Star Wars; a truly unique entity found only in Vancouver. With three studio albums (“Titfucked By TaunTaun,” “Rancor Rimjob,” and their latest “Gamorrean Gangbang”) to their credit Zuckuss have developed a strong cult like following throughout British Columbia. An entertaining live show mixed with some humour and some of the most abrasive metal around makes them one of the must-see bands in the city. Crowd favourite songs include “Stool Stank Tool,” “Bludphart,” “Hotshit Handjob” and “Princest Leia’s Labia Lasagne.”
Certainly there are more quality death metal bands in Vancouver. Some notable ones include Tard and Masquerade of Silence. If you’d like to recommend some other good underground Vancouver metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below and don't forget to check about the above mentioned bands, if you skip on it you might be out of the loop in the near future!
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