Unearthing The Metal Underground: More Of The Worldwide Black Metal Scene
The best acts that metal has to offer aren’t always highly visible or inhabiting the mainstream, which is why every week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we bring to light several groups that deserve to be heard.
Black metal history month may already be over, but screeches from hell, head pummeling blast beats, and tremolo picking are always a good time year-round, and the genre is ripe with a multitude of high quality acts to discover. The term “black metal” covers a wide range of ground, from symphonic acts to abrasive and misanthropic bands and even on to more styles. This week we’re unearthing three bands from very different locations that each put their own spin on black metal and make the genre their own.
Gorthaur’s Wrath is an absolutely no-holds barred black metal act hailing from Croatia that’s as dark and evil as they come, but still devastatingly heavy. The band is a bit like a Behemoth that went a more black metal route instead heading into death metal, and the group is currently in the process of working on the follow-up to the 2011 album “Ritual IV.”
The new album is shaping up for some higher profile sonic destruction, as the band managed to recruit Triptykon's Norman Lonhard for the recording sessions, but due to scheduling conflicts he has now dropped out and is being replaced by German drummer Christian Bass. While awaiting what Gorthaur’s Wrath has in store, you can check out two songs from “Ritual IV” below or find more via the band’s Facebook profile.
“The Devil Speaks”
“One With Us”
Russia’s Arcane Grail takes the idea of “symphonic” metal and cranks it up about twenty notches, reaching an insane level of epic clashes between operatic vocals, keyboards, and abrasive black metal. The band uses many different harsh and clean varieties of singing and has an ambitious and grandiose atmosphere that rivals that of the most over-the-top power metal.
Arcane Grail has already released the full-length album “Arya Marga” (reviewed here), and also recently dropped a new EP titled “Tribute to the Past” (reviewed here), which features several cover tracks from bands that influenced Arcane Grail, such as Type O Negative. You can listen to the full “Arya Marga” album via the Arcane Grail Bandcamp page, or check out two tracks in the YouTube clips below.
“Of Snake and Raven”
Our Daily Trespasses
Arizona’s Our Daily Trespasses takes a different approach from the previous two bands, and with the band’s music you can end up hearing everything from folk to power and even death metal. So what’s it doing here? The group is a fantastic example of that bizarre and sometimes nebulous phrase “blackened metal,” as it constantly goes back to the wellspring of symphonic black metal in any given song, even when the surrounding music may take its cues from other sub-genres. This is a band with plenty to offer for fans of everything from Old Man’s Child to Cradle of Filth.
Our Daily Trespasses has released a demo for free download (keep your eyes peeled for a review coming soon) via the band’s Last.FM page. You can also listen to two tracks from the demo below.
“No Peace From Sleep”
Of course there are many more quality black metal acts out there, so feel free to share your favorites in the comments below. Check back in again next Monday as we continue to Unearth more underground metal acts.
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