Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Los Angeles Death Metal Scene
Every week we take a look at 3 unsigned bands that stand out from the crowd in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column. This week we take a look at the Los Angeles, California death metal scene.
Having recently moved to Los Angeles from New York, I was very impressed with the scene here. Promoters treating bands with respect and aggressively promoting their shows, grass roots marketing, bands helping each other out, everyone staying to hear every band at every show, and of course tons of talent. Of all the shocks I saw, it was the blending of scenes. There are shows with all genres of metal from brutal death, metalcore, thrash, traditional, and even some hard rock/metal cross over bands. The crowds love them all. The music is heavy and the bands are talented, what more do you need?
Today I am going to focus on three of the death metal bands I've come across from the Whittier area of Los Angeles: Syrebris, Insentient, and Infinite Death.
One word: Cynic. This band nails the sound and makes it the group's own. The vocalist Victoria Villarreal has an unbelievable growl, and one wouldn't expect such a brutal sound to come from her small frame. On top of being an amazing death metal vocalist she can also shred. Hell, the whole band shreds. The drummer does complex grooves, fast double bass, and blast beats. They have released their first 7 song EP via Bandcamp here. Check out some live clips on youtube below:
Insentient is melodic death metal mixed with elements of thrash and black metal. The songs are mostly mid tempo despite the drummer's fast double kick. The band's amazing riffs and song structure is what really sucks you in though. Insentient's style is heavy enough for the more extreme metal heads, but melodic enough for those that need melody. It's a very well organized blend of genres. Check out the band's ReverbNation page to hear some songs.
Watch an entire 30 minute set below:
This is a band to look out for. I've seen Infinite Death a few times now and the group is amazing live, with lots of energy and stage presence (especially from the vocalist). The vocalist is very reminiscent of Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, while the music is melodic death meets thrash. Unfortunately Infinte Death only has some demos online at Reverbnation and no studio recordings as of yet. The good thing is that the group has plenty of live recordings on youtube, just do a search for "Infinite Death band."
Check out a live performance of "Until We Rot" below:
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