Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Croatian Metal Scene
Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week we'll dig into three rocking outfits all hailing from Croatia.
Croatia isn't typically the first band one thinks of when looking for new bands, but metal is famous for being an international phenomena with amazing groups coming from the least well known places. We'll start off our look at Croatian extreme metal acts with two bands heavily influenced by black metal and one that heads into much more groovy territory.
J.W. Pozoj is an act that mixes the old school black metal vibe with a series of avant-garde and artsy song arrangements. From the abrasive and harsh vocals to the atmospheric clean segments, there's a little of something for everyone from this fantastic act that should be more well known among black metal fans.
The group has a trilogy of linked albums going through the cycle of “Birth,” “Escape,” and “Return.” You can check out Metalunderground.com's review of "Escape of Pojoz" at this location or read our interview with the band members discussing their music here.
To get a taste of what J.W. Pozoj has to offer, check out the band's MySpace page or listen to the songs “I Am The Forest," “Careless Are Your Souls," and “Hisperia” in the clips below.
Ophidian Forest would really more technically be considered an international act, as all three members come from different parts of the world, with guitarist Zaragil residing in Croatia. The band is more dark and kvlt leaning than J.W. Pozoj, with a decidedly more abrasive sound overall.
Zaragil recently took part in a series of interviews with Metalunderground dealing with Christian "unblack" metal bands. The guitarist's take on the pheneomena of religion in black metal can be found by clicking here, and you can find more info on the band through the Ophidian Forest MySpace profile.
Two songs from the band's "Plains" album, titled “The Times They Are Decaying” and “Messiah of the Trees," are available in the players below.
New Level is a departure from the last two bands, with the music being significantly more groove laden and having more influence from the hardcore realm than from black metal. The band has recently gone through a series of lineup changes leaving them down two members, and New Level is currently gearing up to release the new album "8."
Despite the lineup issues, New Level has managed to put together a music video for the song "Refuse," which can be viewed below.
Croatia has exploded with many more bands than would be expected, so certainly there are more quality heavy acts to be found in the Croatian metal scene. Please feel free to comment about your favorite Croatian bands in the comments below, and check back in next Monday as continue to unearth more underground metal bands.
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