Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Occult Rock Scene
Band Photo: The Devil's Blood (?)
For this week’s edition of Unearthing the Metal Underground we’ll take a look at a style that is generally less heavy than our normal offerings, but still of interest to the average metal fan.
Satanic or occult rock bands such as Ghost and Blood Ceremony have been landing recording deals and making it toward the forefront of the metal scene lately, even though their music falls less on the extreme side of the spectrum. Something about the themes and the arrangement of the music calls out to metal lovers though, whether it’s the invocations to Satan to bring about the end or just simply the catchy tunes.
This week we’ll be unearthing three bands who may go about it in slightly different ways, but all of these groups evoke the mood and tone of a different time, not to mention of something supernatural and slightly sinister.
The Devil’s Blood
Dutch female-fronted act The Devil’s Blood has been gaining momentum over the last year since the release of the full-length album “The Time of No Time Evermore” (reviewed here). Clearly drawing on the pioneers and rock acts from the ‘60s and ‘70s, The Devil’s Blood infuses its sound with more of a modern aesthetic and clearer production, which can be heard on the band’s MySpace page.
You can also check out an interview Metalunderground.com conducted with the Devil’s Blood here, or listen to several songs in the players below.
“Christ or Cocaine”
“The Time Of No Time Evermore”
“I’ll Be Your Ghost”
Following a similar path as the last band, the simply titled Norwegian act Devil isn’t shy in admitting its influences, as the members readily admit they decided to start making music after seeing an awesome Pentagram concert.
So far Devil has put out a debut demo titled “Magister Mundi Xum” (reviewed here), along with the new full-length “Time to Repent.” Two tracks from the demo are available below, along with a live clip of Devil opening for Electric Wizard in Europe.
“Spirit of the Cult”
“At the Blacksmiths”
“Blood is Boiling”
Jex Thoth, a California group formerly known as Totem, also goes the route of the female vocalist, but bends the music slightly away from the old school rock sound. The band has been referred to as “alchemical doom,” and frequently splits the difference between traditional doom sounds and stoner occult rock. Since changing names, Jex Thoth has released a self-titled album (reviewed here), along with a couple of EPs to satisfy fans of the genre.
To check out what Jex Thoth has to offer, head over to the band’s MySpace page or click “play” on the clips below.
“Nothing Left to Die”
“When the Raven Calls”
These are just three of the underground rock acts out there that can get you in the mood for a black mass or a magic ritual, and obviously there are plenty more to be found. Feel free to discuss your favorite occult rock bands in the comments below, and check back next week when we unearth more quality underground bands.
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