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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The French 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. For as long as there has been rock music, a scene has existed in this Western European country, but many have struggled to gain international stardom, with death metal outfit Gojira probably being the most well known French band in metal today. This week we'll be looking at three bands from France who are out to prove that, contrary to popular belief, the French can throw down just as hard as anybody else.


Formed in 2007 by guitarist and self-proclaimed orchestrator Vynce Leff and recorded their debut EP, "Daughter Of The Night" just six months afterwards, instantly receiving acclaim wherever it was heard and even earned them the titles of Best French Band of 2008 by Metalsymphonique.com and Best EP from HeavyLaw.com. They split with their vocalist last year but were able to find security in December when they recruited Clémentine Delauney to stand behind the microphone.

Whyzdom - "Daughter Of The Night"

Whyzdom - "Escaping The Ghosts Of Reality"


Hailing from Dijon, Kazan perform a melodic take on metalcore music and were formed in 2005. After releasing a split CD with After Taste in 2008, they recorded and self-released a full length album, "Maslow 0," in 2010, which is available for free download at this location.

Kazan - "Le Pacte"

Kazan - "Jour Après Jour"

Darkness Dynamite

Ah Paris, the city of love… and groovy heavy metal too apparently. Darkness Dynamite were formed in the French capital city in January of 2007 and soon released a debut EP entitled, "Through The Ashes Of The Wolves." The EP was well received, enough so to earn them a deal with Metal Blade Records, who released the group’s first album, "The Astonishing Fury Of Mankind" in June of 2009.

Darkness Dynamite - "Brand New Day"

Darkness Dynamite - "Supernatural"

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.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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