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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Austin 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 Austin metal scene.

Austin, Texas is often referred to as the live music capital of the world. While country and indie rock have often dominated the city’s musical legacy, the Austin metal scene is alive and well. A stroll down Red River in downtown will reveal many metal-dedicated clubs: Emo’s, Red 7, Headhunter’s, and Mohawk. The following bands are some of the best I’ve discovered playing within those venues.

Iron Age

Iron Age’s hardcore brand of metal caught my eye before I even moved back to Austin. Their album, "The Sleeping Eye," is full of great riffs and piercing vocals that border on black metal stylistically. On stage, Iron Age brings a raw energy that’s part punk, part metal, and all awesome. I’ve seen them open for Baroness, Corrosion of Conformity, and play last year’s SXSW. Needless to say, the crowd was always very warmed up after their set.

Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo is a black metal band hailing from Austin since the mid ‘00s. As dark and crushing as black metal should be, Lions of Tsavo also delves into doom territory, attracting the attention of legendary producer Billy Anderson. They’ve toured with new heavyweights like Black Cobra and Howl, and I’ve seen them open for Forbidden in Austin.

The Roller

The Roller is a four piece doom band. Evoking comparisons to eyehategod, The Roller takes their name literally. They are one of the loudest bands I’ve heard in a while. Their recently released LP, "Wasted Heritage," comes from producer Bryan Richie of The Sword, and explores grim topics over four very lengthy tracks. I’ve heard many Austin metalheads claim them as their favorite local metal band.

Know of more underground Austin metal bands worth discussing? Share your favorites in the comments below.

Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.

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Jamie, a self-proclaimed live music addict covering everything from death metal to industrial to psychedelic rock, chronicles her musical adventures in Texas and beyond at www.HardRockChick.com. She live tweets her shows at @hardrockchick.

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1. silvermountains writes:

You guys forgot Southern Front. They are an upcoming band, i saw when Death Angel came through, Join or Die is there album, and its up on itunes. check it out,

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2. metal2death writes:

ironage is nasty. its a solid mix of thrash, doom and hardcore

# Mar 8, 2011 @ 2:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. silvermountains writes:

Someone should write one of these for Ft. Collins, CO. There is a thriving metal scene here.

# Mar 8, 2011 @ 3:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. houston from houston writes:

what are the top venues in austin for metal shows besides emo's?

# Mar 8, 2011 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ATX METAL writes:

Stubbs, Red 7, Dirty Dog Bar, Headhunter, Mohawk are some of the others besides Emos

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6. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

man when i saw death angel in dallas some deathcore band was opening

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7. tx writes:

i was at stubbs last nite for motorhead

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8. bradmellowedout writes:

its a sheen dog and it devours trolls with its razor fangs and leaves their spleens at their childrens tiny houses

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9. galactic wanderer writes:

SKYCRAWLER are a brand new band on the scene in the ATX. Members include ex-THE ROLLER, DEVIL AND THE SEA, and POWER PELLUT. Comparisons to YOB, Unearthly Trance, and old school Neurosis. Just finished playing a hell of a week at SXSW with so many good bands. Batillus, HULL, ROYAL THUNDER, the ROLLER, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge, Dark Castle, and Green & Wood.
Everything louder than everything else............

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10. galactic wanderer writes:

the video of the ROLLER posted here is the bassist for Skycrawler. Just saying.....stay downtuned.

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