Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Misanthropic Black Metal Scene
February is black metal history month, which means there’s plenty of raw, frozen, and spiteful heaviness headed your way in the coming weeks here at Metalunderground.com. In honor of the infamous style we already took a look at Darkthrone in our Sunday Old School column, and now that it’s time for a new edition of “Unearthing the Metal Underground” we’ll dive even further into black metal with three bands rising up through the ranks out of obscurity.
This isn’t our first foray into the black metal scene, as you can still check out our previous editions covering solo black metal acts, Red and Anarchist black metal, and even Christian “unblack” metal.
Whether you prefer your black metal of the symphonic or utterly eardrum-destroying and abrasive variety, each of these bands deserve to be heard by a wider audience and should hit your regular musical rotation.
Taking a page from the likes of Gothmog and Dimmu Borgir, this young Chicago based band has plenty of extreme vocals and heavy riffing, but supports the music with both corpse paint theatrics and a symphonic flair. The lads from Massakren may be from the U.S. but you’d never tell that from the music alone, which exudes a strongly European feel. Massakren released a self-titled last year (reviewed here), and hopefully we’ll be getting even more melodic mayhem from the band in the near future. To hear what the group has to offer, check out Massakren’s Facebook profile or watch the music videos available below.
“Under Cover of Darkness”
Another U.S. act, Woe is a black metal champion very much of the non-symphonic variety, stripping out the melodic European influences to become even more misanthropic and abrasive. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this destructive, hope crushing act rise out of the unseen gloom of the underground and start to gain a foothold among the bigger names, even sharing the stage with the likes of Abigail Williams.
Although maintaining the same bleak atmosphere, Woe made a big jump in sound quality from the raw, lo-fi madness of “A Spell For the Death of Man” to the more recent “Quietly, Undramatically” album (reviewed here). For more on Woe, head over to the band’s official website or check out the tracks taken from both of Woe’s full-length album releases in the clips below.
“Alone with our failures”
This Dutch act is a newcomer in the scene, having just release a debut album (reviewed here), but already the legions of black metal fans are starting to take notice and the buzz has been steadily growing.
The band's self-titled debut album has been regularly referred to as “post-black metal,” but don’t let the label fool you: this is pure misanthropic hate taken to an extreme level on a similar wavelength to Deathspell Omega. It’s heavy, it’s crushing, and it’s absolutely evil. Get your skull caved in and your soul utterly annihilated by Dodecahedron either via Facebook or through the two opening tracks from the band’s new album below.
Got a favorite black metal band we haven’t covered or have something to say about these three bands? Feel free to comment below. With three weeks of February left there’s still plenty of black metal to explore, so be sure to check back in next Monday as we continue to unearth even more quality underground bands.
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