Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Prolific-Yet-Unknown Underground
Every Monday we take a look at three bands in the metal underground that deserve to be heard by a wider audience.
While normally the various bands unearthed are all grouped together by sub-genre or geographical location, this week we’re headed into slightly different territory to examine three bands that don’t necessarily share a similar sound. Instead, these three groups all have a common thread in that they are highly prolific artists with many releases under their belts, but somehow still haven’t managed to become highly known in the metal community.
Check out the music of Root, Transmetal, and Senmuth below and decide for yourself if you’d like to join these band’s relatively small but loyal fanbases.
This Czech Republic act is a bit of a cult hit in the underground, developing its own unique sound that isn’t quite black metal or avant-garde or ambient or anything else, but has echoes of all those styles and more.
Root has a solid nine full-length releases under its belt scattered throughout a 20+ year history, having just dropped the new album “Heritage of Satan” (reviewed here). Until recently, Root was almost completely unknown by fans of European dark metal acts, only starting to see more exposure after a series of re-releases through I Hate Records in 2008.
For more info on Root, head over to the band’s official website here, or listen to a sampling of songs off “The Temple in the Underworld” and “The Book” below.
“Corabeu Part 1”
Beating out Root in the productivity department, Mexican thrashers Transmetal have mixed in a liberal amount of death metal across a staggering amount of full-length studio albums. The latest release, “Decadencia en la Modernidad,” brings the toll of full-lengths all the way to 19, and Transmetal has an even more impressive resume when counting in all the compilations, live releases, and splits. To get your dose of Mexican thrash, navigate to the band’s MySpace Music Profile or listen to the songs available below.
Special thanks goes out to our writer Sonictherapy (who also previously unearthed the Dominican underground) for bringing this band to light.
“Decadencia En La Modernidad”
“Las Oraciones Caen del Desfiladero”
Possibly the most prolific metal leaning artist of all time, Russia’s Senmuth has created a truly mind boggling number of releases. Known to drop upwards of 20 complete albums in a single year, solo artist Senmuth currently has 139 releases available online. It’s hard to categorize what a band sounds like through more than one hundred separate full-lengths. Metal-archives.com lists the band as “Experimental Industrial/Doom Metal, Folk/Ambient, Electronica,” and that’s probably as good as description as any, as the band has plenty of heavy metal moments, but has an overall ambient and instrumental musical tone.
You can find the full list of downloadable albums by heading over to the Senmuth website here. A (very) brief glimpse into what Senmuth has to offer is available through the two songs available below.
Got a favorite prolific metal artist we missed you’d like to recommend, or want to share your thoughts on these bands? Feel free to leave a comment below, and check back again next Monday as we continue to unearth even more underground metal bands from around the world.
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