Unearthing the Metal Underground: The New Orleans Metal Scene, Part 3
Here we go again! Another installment of Unearthing the Metal Underground in the Crescent City a.k.a. The Big Easy a.k.a. N'awlins. Whichever you prefer. With Steven Seagal keeping the streets safe, the metal bands can safely play, and they have been doing quite a bit of that lately. I've got three more amazing bands to tell you about; all playing at least once a month. Please enjoy the reviews and footage. Mabye it will entice you to take a trip down here to check them out. Don't worry; the seafood is safe.
Machine Made Slave
Machine Made Slave plays frequently around New Orleans. If you’ve read my show reports, you’re sure to remember the name. Soon they’ll be opening for Watain and Goatwhore to complete the black metal showcase. Through the many lineup changes, founding members and brothers Jason and Trevor Milbourne (on vocals and bass, respectively) have remained and transformed the band into something truly evil. The talented guitarists Rene and Kevin Roche, who are also brothers, combine a classic metal rawness with black metal melodies and even some South American tunes into their playing. And although Ryan Willis does not have a brother in the band, he still does a fine job of pounding the skins. Jason claims that Machine Made Slave will be recording a full-length album soon when they find a proper studio. He claims that they are taking their time with every aspect of the album so that it’s perfect; “So that it doesn’t sound like a demo.” You can watch a clip of one of their shows with the inclusion of female singer Amy Vial below. We wish you luck in the recording process! Visit their Myspace to see their progress.
Omean is heavier than most here. Their instruments are so down-tuned, it’s lower than the ground, and New Orleans is under sea level. The slow, fuzzy, and borderline psychedelic sludge broods and hangs in the air like cigarette smoke. If you want to hear what they can do without making the trip to the Gulf Coast, you can buy the EP released this year entitled “Sea God.” A very smart buy indeed. Ryan Ashmore on the mic can go from really gut-busting growls to high shrieks. Each note is long and drawn out to invoke maximum pain. Greg Bourgeois backs Ryan on the vocals when needed, but is a great guitarist full time along with equally awesome guitarist Stephen Bourgeois (I’m honestly not sure if they are also brothers, but that does seem to be a theme). Eric Kennedy makes the trademark heaviness on the bass, rattling everything within earshot and then some. Brandon Schexnayder has a great feel for the drums, playing slowly as he keeps in the time with the dragging rhythm of the guitars and bass. You can get a taste of their sound by watching an improv jam below or by checking out their Myspace to hear their songs.
Thou is busy. Thou not only plays a few times a month, they are working on an EP and a full-length album this year and next. They will hopefully be released before the tour of Europe during summer 2011. Thou is also doomy and slow, but with more prog tones. Think of a really dark Gojira. Andy and Matthew slowly strum their guitars as Bryan growls painfully. Mitch keeps the bass to the floor. It booms out of the amps and nearly breaks them. Thou also has the distinction of playing out of New Orleans as much as they play in New Orleans. That’s hard to come by for our bands because we’re just so spoiled by our fair town. Thou is a regular visitor to our state capital of Baton Rouge, bursting the eardrums of the political players of Louisiana. You can keep up with all of Thou’s news on their band page at NOLADIY.com. You can hear their song “Grissecon” below.
Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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