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Unearthing the Metal Underground: The Connecticut Metal Scene

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground we take a look at unsigned bands gracing a given locale. This week we will glance at the scene from Connecticut. Often viewed as the vast wasteland between New York and Boston, Connecticut often gets overlooked in terms of it's metal scene. Particularly distressing, considering many acts such as Fates Warning, Nasty Disaster, The Breathing Process and Liege Lord have heralded from there. Currently there are well over a couple dozen unsigned indie metal acts actively blazing the scene, but today we will take a look at three of the best.

Curse the Son

Coming at you from Hamden is stoner doom metal monster Curse the Son. Fronted by scene veteran and NWOBHM aficionado Ron Vanacore on vocals and guitar and completed by Cheech and Rich Lemley respectively, they describe their music as "the sound of dinosaurs walking the earth." Laying down slabs of riffs and mind-warping song lyrics, they purport to be influenced by valium, MJ and zoloft. Their music will take your higher conscious into one trippy journey. They released a full-length, "Klonopain," on their own last year. To listen to Curse the Son's music, check out the band's My Space Page.

Curse the Son - "Pulsotar Bringer"

Curse the Son - "Anullus of Zin"

Curse the Son - "Hemicrania Continua"


An upstart band to watch comes from the neighboring city of New Haven. Formed in the late part of 2010, Cyperna already have a self titled EP which they released on their own last month and a few of the songs are making their rounds on the internet. Delivering a hybrid of metal that can be categorized as paying homage to their influences in melodic death, grind and thrash, Cyperna have become a favorite at many of the local venues. To learn more about Cyperna and listen to their music, go to the band's Facebook page.

Cyperna - "Don't Get Blood in My Crop Circle"

Cyperna - "As the Vultures Stare"

Cyperna - "A Distant Shade"

Fates Divide

Down in the Housatonic valley of Shelton comes the progressive combo Fates Divide. Together for two years, Fates Divide are a tight ensemble playing technical metal that borrows it's roots from European stylings. Their influences range from primarily this to sometimes the more metal core side of the spectrum. Having opened for Korn and other heavy hitters, they are fast making a name for themselves. Last year they were a finalist in the Hartford Grand Band Slam, garnering nods for best guitarist and best drummer. To hear more music from them, visit the band's MySpace page

Fates Divide - "Rise of the Fallen"

Fates Divide - "Why So Serious"

Fates Divide - "Ballin and Death Wallin"

The state of Connecticut is a progressive place with many independent bands straddling all kinds of genres within the scene of metal. The healthy club scene and proximity to so many richly diverse cities has no doubt engendered a musical tradition in this New England stronghold. Feel free to comment below, and check back every Monday when we unearth the scene in yet another locale.

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Vicky Willis has been a freelance journalist and former college radio disc jockey for almost twenty years. She has been contributing to Metalunderground.com since 2010.

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1. hector writes:

You talk about the connecticut underground yet fail to mention yildun, formless, katahdin, this white mountain or autolatry... Shame on you...

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2. sonictherapy writes:

There were many I wanted to include, but only three can be discussed in an article.

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3. R Tenney writes:

Aah the nutmeg state. CT has probably been overlooked for metal because of its rich Hardcore history. Youth of Today etc. It seems metal bands had to play out of state to acchieve notariety. The Hatebreeds;Blood Has Been Sheds etc made their mark it seems in W Mass. And Fates Warning is definitely a CT institution. I kick myself to this day for not seeing their 25 year anniversary show at the Webster in Hartford a couple of years ago. Seeing Arch do a set with them would have been incredible

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4. AutumnsEyes writes:

Being born and raised here, I can definitely tell you the Hardcore aspect was huge. It was pretty much split with Hardcore and Goth Metal. There were just as many kids listening to Hatebreed, Strife, Snapcase, Blood for Blood, as there were kids listening to My Dying Bride, Type O, Moonspell, etc...

Its only natural living in a state with nothing but woods everywhere. The majority of parties kids threw here took place either deep in the middle of the woods, or at a Graveyard.

The venues were never "huge" either. They always held a very intimate feeling to them. Back when Type O was touring with October Rust, my friends Mother almost ran over their drummer Johnny while he was carrying his bass drum across the street to the back door of the venue.

There were even places where bands would be outside in a fenced in area of the venue smoking cigarettes right next to fans. I hate to sound like an old man, but those days have since died like a fart in the wind.

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5. Thunderworks writes:

Dammm no mention of us??? But how about this band too these guys are sick!


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6. IEatFaces writes:

CT Hardcore for life! Check out CT bands such as;
End All Suffering
Black Water Blessing
Letters From Kenny
Light in May
Walk Away

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