Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Russian Metal Scene
Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week we take a look at three bands from the vast country of Russia. Believe it or not, rock and heavy metal music was being made by Russian bands ever since 1960s, but it was not until the 1980s that the Soviet Union allowed such music to be released officially. Since the collapse of the Communist empire in 1991, the Russian metal scene has continued to grow and metal artists from the West routinely perform in the country, where legend has it some of the craziest fans in metal are to be found. Below is just a short example of the some of the band that come from Russia, perhaps not with love.
A Foggy Realm
From Russia's capital city, Moscow natives A Foggy Realm formed in 2009 by accomplished composer and musician, Ilya Lipkin, performing a mix of doom metal and ambient in an instrumental fashion, prefering instead to let their music do the talking. A Foggy Realm recorded their first EP, "Twilight" in January of last year, releasing it the next month. You can download the EP for free by heading to this location.
A Foggy Realm - "Bad Trip"
A Foggy Realm - "Way"
Heading into a more convential, but by no means less brutal territory, Arkhangelsk based death metal outfit, Perverse Dependence came together in 2008 and signed with SoulFlesh Collector Records in December of the same year. They proudly claim to be inspired by such American bands as Disgorge and Malignancy.
Perverse Dependence - "Emetic Copulation"
Peverse Dependence - "Balls Inside Her Bowel"
Finally this week, we take a look at the duo of Anton Belov and Alina "Witch_A." Roberts, who make up the folk metal band, Helengard. The two initially recorded and self-released a record entitled, "Skiringssal" in 2005, before Belov decided to resurrect Helengard in 2010, when they recorded a full length, self-titled album, which was released in December of last year.
Helengard - "Smoke Of War"
Helengard - "Snowstorm Call"
What did you think of this week's bands? Please feel free to comment about your favorite bands in this article in the comments below, and check back in next Monday as we continue to unearth more underground metal bands.
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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