Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Boston Metal Scene
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week, we'll weigh in on the scene around Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston has been my home all my life. Back in 2006 when I first started Nefarious Realm Productions, I worked with local bands, promoting and booking shows. It set the foundation of what NRP is today. Boston has an unbelievable scene spanning all genres. Most people only think of the heavy weights like Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, fast-rising Revocation, etc., but there lies a wealth of bands that are just mind-blowing. Lunglust, Ramming Speed, Sexcrement, The Summoned, Abnormality, Dysentery, Phantom Glue, Give Zombies The Vote, Morne, Sonic Pulse... I could go on and on but Metal Underground.com has limited me to three, and I'm going to span the sub-genres here. Hang on to your pants, you're going for a ride!
This "dance metal" outfit is sure to get you moving, that be breaking' faces or shakin' your booty. Each member brings distinct influences to the table, fusing elements of death metal, groove metal, hardcore, and electronica. Think of Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Bury Your Dead, and The Browning all smashed together.
The five-piece brings quite a live show with their stage antics and their "have fun" attitude. Widow Sunday just recently released a new EP earlier this summer and are already writing for a followup full length to their 2010 debut, 'In These Rusted Veins.' Below is a video for "Blood Money" from 'ITRV' and a live clip of "The Wave" which appears on the new EP, 'Dance Metal." For more on the band, check out their Facebook.
ACARO is band known all over. Featuring the vocalist of the late BURN IN SILENCE and the original drummer of OVERCAST (you know the band that featured members of Killswitch and Shadows Fall before either band existed). They have toured, played the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest (twice), and released a full length all on their own. Well, until recently, Goomba Music has picked them up and will be re-releasing their debut album, 'The Disease of Fear.'
Their music blends melodic death metal, with hardcore and metalcore elements. The emotion and heart this band puts into their music is unlike any band. I've seen blood, sweat, and tears from these fine gentlemen while on stage and you can hear it in their music as well. Dig the video, who was directed by the same mastermind as the above WS clip, for "Becoming the Process" and a live snippet of "Forever is Temporary," both off their debut. Check out ACARO on Facebook and in the videos below:
Ignorant. Repulsive. Aggressive. HIVESMASHER, the premiere grind band of New England. The band is so intense live, that you will wet yourself, but so good that you'll leave happy about it. The band has a new album dropping in a couple months and some of the new songs are just terrific. They have some shows around the area currently and I'm sure they will be bopping around on tour later this fall. It's highly advised that you see them live. The energy they emit, electricity fills the venue around them.
Below you can find some footage of their entire live set from a show back in April and their rendition of MINOR THREAT's "Bottled Violence." Follow them on Facebook here.
As I mentioned above, there are many, many great bands around the Boston area. If you are from around here or know bands from the area, who are your favorites? Who have you seen live? Leave some comments and let's chat about it!
Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.
Matt Darcy is the founder of Nefarious Realm Productions, artist manager, photographer, and vinyl enthusiast.
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