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Best Metal Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 4

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Writer Rex_84 nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Pallbearer, Pilgrim, Skrog, Dopelord, and Kill Devil Hill. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.


Doom metal was the preferred sound of great upstarts in the year 2012. No band was as impactful as Pallbearer. “Sorrow and Extinction,” the debut album by these Arkansas lads, found the top of many journalists’ “best of” list. The slow melodies of Candlemass, the groove of Saint Vitus and distant, Ozzy-like vocals describes the band in familiar terms. The group deals equal amounts of despair and psychedelics. It’s one hell of a bad acid trip, brain fuck!


Doom all over the world is the mantra. “Wizards” is a scruffy-toned, epic doom record from three slow-banging metalheads from the East. Pilgrim’s crawling tempos and mammoth riffs would do Cathedral and Reverend Bizarre proud. The album moves in long strides, which result in tracks weighing in at double-digit minutes.


Scowling harsh electronics meet bruising death metal to animate these rebellious tunes that blast the goals and policies of the global elite. The group couldn’t find a better score for mankind’s demise. Blast beats and growls meet mind-warping loops combined with the anvil-smashing force of Bile create one of the more original albums of the year.


Vodka might be all the rage in Poland, but these doom metal architects prefer the smoke. Dopelord’s “Magick Rites” contains stoner-friendly, happy tones and up-tempo beats mostly absent from the other doom albums on this list. If you’re looking for rainbows and puppies, though, go somewhere else: “Magick Rites” is encircled by black magic. Fans of Electric Wizard take notice.

Kill Devil Hill

“Kill Devil Hill” is the group’s first album, but don’t expect a band of young, green horns. Kill Devil Hill consists of world-renowned musicians such as Vinny Appice and Rex Brown. The two create one of the tightest rhythm sections in today’s metal scene. Technical brilliance coupled with solid song writings made this album accessible to angry metal fans and mainstream, radio listeners.

Read on to Part 5 with the next batch of nominated "best newcomers of 2012" right here.

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An avid metal head for over twenty years, Darren Cowan has written for several metal publications and attended concerts throughout various regions of the U.S.

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1. kshanholtzer writes:

Dopelord's pretty good, but they have better songs than the one here. I didn't like anything else posted in this article.

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kshanholtzer, you have terrible taste in music.

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