Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Ogden, Utah Metal Scene
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we look at underground bands that embody the metal genre and this week is no exception as we focus on Ogden, Utah. The metal that comes from this area and nearby is astounding, they are metal bands that fly under the mainstream radar but have metal music seared into their souls.
Better known as O-Town to locals, Ogden has an impressive emerging underground music scene. However, the metal reverberating out of this area is distinguishable for the simple fact that they bring it hard, with every show, every song and with every note. Three bands stand out from the pack for a variety of reasons, one being they scorch your souls with their intensity and two… because they are metal to the core.
"The Dead Gates- the entrance to eternal suffering where the hounds of hell feast upon the damned," an apt description for a band as hardcore as these boys. Hailing from Ogden, Utah, these metalheads have taken the Wasatch Front by storm, not only banging heads with O-Town fans but creating a solid fan base throughout Utah. By combining searing guitar riffs, irresistibly heavy bass lines and drum beats of ferocious proportions they create a melodic yet forceful tone that cascades over you. Add that to the vehement growls and intense vocals and you get an effectual sound that is as savage as it is addicting. Deadgates is: Sam E. (vocals), Josh W. (guitar), Mat L. (guitar), Kirk T. (bass), and Matt H. (drums). Check them out on their Facebook on Myspace and on Youtube.
Blood Of Saints
Blood of Saints has been around the Utah underground metal scene in one form or another for years. However, when they came together to form their current line-up, it was a blessing, if you will, for those fans that had been lying in wait, wondering what new sound would emerge from Blood Of Saints members Derek Gasaway (vocals), Eric Fraser (guitar), Scotty Fendrick (bass), Clint Valdez (drums), who were all members of various other bands throughout their musical histories. Blood of Saints doesn’t complicate their sound but don’t let that fool you, they are aggressive and complex, a pure form of metal that is rare these day’s due to such an emergence of sub-genres. Check them out on Facebook or ReverbNation. You check out a live video on Facebook here.
Freedom Before Dying
Freedom Before Dying is a metal band just emerging onto the O-Town scene, however they have quickly made a strong impact and have already garnered a following that is as devoted to the band as the band is to their music. The band is full of youthful energy that conveys itself on stage with "thunderously wretched vocals, heavy harmonized guitars, bloodthirsty bass, and murderous drumming," colliding together in a display of vast talent and dedication to their band and the local metal scene. From the formative to the melodic, their music is an integration of the hardships they have been through, a sound that is bloodthirsty and an ability to channel it all into a sound so relentless and pure it can only be truly appreciated by those with metal hearts. Learn more about them on Facebook.
Of course these are but of few of the metal bands that have come together to create the O-Town underground scene, there is an incredible amount of talent in Ogden, Utah, so if you know of a band that you want to recommend please feel free to impart your thoughts in the comments section below. The world can never have too much metal.
Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.
Shannon Gibbs has been photographing live music for over six years as well as interviewing, reviewing, and revering all things metal and beyond. She writes for four online magazines as well as capturing life in all its variations through her photography business. With a healthy respect for those that create and capture the essence of metal, (from national/international acts to the local Utah scene,) she hopes to expose to the world to the local metal that is so near and dear to her soul.
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