Unearthing The Metal Underground: The New York 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 various talented bands in the New York scene.
First up is Staten Island thrash metal band Sanitarius. At first listen it may sound like a some Metallica/Testament clone, but Sanitarius takes influences from melodic death metal and progressive metal, this band surely isn’t a run of the mill band. The singer Robb Quartararo’s rasp is very similar to that of James Hetfield, but he’ll add in screams ala Slayer. Musically they explore more progressive arrangements and the drummer Dave Cordero adds in interesting fills. Both guitarists are extremely talented and are very tasteful. Check out their songs on MySpace and Reverb Nation pages.
“Slaves of Liberty” Live @ The Delancey, New York City, NY on March 23rd, 2011:
"Zero Stance?" 2/28/2011 at Bowery Electric, New York, NY:
Grey Skies Fallen
Grey Skies Fallen is hard to categorized other than to call them, "Dark metal." They combine black, death, doom, progressive, and other genres. Furthermore they don’t feel the need to limit themselves. Their more recent album, "Two Way Mirror" take influence from classic rock. The band recently released an EP entitled "Along Came Life," which combines their newer sound with their older albums. It definitely leans on the doom side more than the others now. "Tomorrow's In Doubt" and older albums feature more progressive song structure, more growling, and heavier distortion, while the newer stuff is slower, more clean vocals than growls (though they are still there) and the like. Either way they have a very unique sound that is hard to compare to other bands. They also offered their entire discography for download a few years ago. Check them out on MySpace.
"The Essence of Motion" live at club Midway NYC 02-16-07 (a bit loud, but one of the few live videos online):
Featuring two distorted 7-string violins and no guitars, the band somehow creates a very unique progressive thrash metal sound blended with a touch of hardcore. Currently signed to the independent label Seventh Level Records, the band has come a long way since their formation in 2007. I couldn’t compare them to any string exclusive band as their sound is so much more: you sometimes forget they don’t use guitars. Definitely something one can headbang to. Check out their music on their Reverb Nation page.
"Sufferers Rise" music video:
"Malus Olympia" live:
Certainly there are more quality metal bands in New York. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground New York metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.
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