Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Maritimes, Canada Metal Scene, Part II
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. For this article I’m going to be looking at three very distinct styles, but all are committed to their style and fan base.
The Maritimes, with its small population and many rural areas, might not be considered the hotbed of metal, but when you look into the underground you see a very different story. With all styles of metal being accepted and embraced, the underground is growing each and every late night. In the name of the Maritimes, sit back with an Alexander Keith’s and enjoy this ride through our underground.
Bass + Guitar + Drums = A Band. Bass + Guitar + Drums + Deep Growls + High Shrieks = A Metal Band. Bass + Guitar + Drums + Deep Growls + High Shrieks + African Djembe = CICADA. Cicada consists of Chester Long (bass/vocals), Anson May (guitar/vocals), Joe Pottie (drums), and Nathan Collupy (Djembe). The obvious white elephant in the room is the Djembe. The Djembe creates an instant groove to their whole performance. The groove sound it creates is something that all bands work hard at achieving with some very complicated bass work, but with Cicada the Djembe frees up Chester to work in tandem with the drums and create a very heavy rhythm that Anson can play in an out of.
It’s not very often that you hear something and think (a) “that’s different” and (b) “that’s really good,” but that’s the simplest expression I can use when describing a band of great guys that has created something really good and really different. You can hear this amazing sound at their ReverbNation page.
Hero’s Last Rite
Hero’s Last Rite is: Tim Gorman (guitar), Mike Davidson (guitar), Dan Rogers (drums), Steve McDonald (vocals), Paul Vidal (bass). The album “Inevitable is the End” has received rave reviews and is on its way to reaching your ears as well. Their influences are but not limited to Slayer, Testament, Opeth, Nevermore and Metallica.
Their song “Hero’s Last Rite” is about Dimebag, regarding the confusion and anger of it all. Give it a listen! By heading over to their Facebook Page you will find a hard-working and hard-thrashing band that is about to come out of the metal underground and into an arena near you. (Writing contributions from Heavy Metal Momma)
The Muted Pitch
Jason Freake (20 years of guitars, vocals, recording, etc.) and Bob Mills (35 years of percussion) were professional associates that decided to do some jamming together. That jamming led to Jason blending his love of screams, growls, and blast beats with Bob’s edgy lyrics and hard rock riffs. Over the last two or three years, the friends recorded their jamming sessions in their home studio (deemed “The Muted Pit”) and found a sound they like. That sound became their first album: “The First 13.” Not being a touring band makes them the ultimate underground band.
“The First 13” is something you are going to want to own. It should act as motivation for all musicians to know that you can get your art out to the masses without walking the drama path that so many bands choose to travel. As The Muted Pitch said themselves, they “wanted to give back to the metal community.” If all talented musicians could take this approach we would have a lot more great music out there like The Muted Pitch. The album is available for free download at their official website.
Certainly there are more quality metal bands in the Maritimes. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below. As we drink beer and bang heads together always know that no one brings the metal like a Maritimer.
Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.
Jerry Martell is an owner and founder of www.welovemetal.com. Blogs and interviews with and about all your Heavy Metal Heros. At welovemetal.com "We Give You The Metal We Love."
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