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Best Metal Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 3

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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/reviewer CROMCarl nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Huntress, Civil War, Beyond the Bridge, Symbolica, and Monument. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.


Huntress stormed upon the scene with a debut release of classic metal that hit the world like a ten ton hammer. With a solid speed/traditional base, the band's frontwoman Jill Janus is the reincarnation of the late Dawn Crosby (Detente). With the release of the first full length "Spell Eater" on Napalm Records, the band has taken the 80's and given it a power boost into the present. Over 2012, Huntress become real road dogs, touring the U.S. twice and Europe for the first time. In 2013, the band will begin work on a second full length.

Civil War

Civil War is more than just a "Sabaton clone." True, this is the band formed by four outgoing members of the Swedish power metal act, but the style is their own. There are obvious bits and pieces that can be traced to the band's former act, but with Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Wuthering Heights) on vocals, Civil War have found the perfect voice to make a path all their own. The first EP, released late in 2012, showed incredible promise for the future with "Custer's Last Stand" among the best songs released in 2012. WIth a full length expected in 2013, Civil War knows failure is not an option and that "the absence of war does not mean peace."

Beyond the Bridge

Setting itself apart from so many progressive bands is not an easy task, but this German act has been found in so many Top 10 band/album lists that have been issued already. Versatile Sinbreed vocalist Herbie Langhans shows the "gentler" side of his power vocals. Backed by brilliant musicianship and song writing from the late Simon Oberender, the band released the fantastic debut "The Old Man & The Spirit" in 2012 backed by a live performance at ProgPower USA, the band's second performance ever (after being called to fill in for Above Symmetry who bowed out of the festival). Since Oberender's death, BTB has vowed to continue and will begin work on a second LP in 2013.


Brazil's Symbolica released its debut album "Precession" in 2012 and already rank among the very best from the world's fifth ranked population that is already saturated with great bands. Led by guitarist Zeka Junior and vocalist Gus Monsanto (Ex-Adagio/Astra/Ex-Revolution Renaissance), the band presents a heavy dose of power/progressive metal sure to please fans of present day Symphony X.


Monument set out to re-start and reclaim the glory of British Metal, not just be a "new/new wave of britsh heavy metal." Led by Ex-White Wizzard vocalist Peter Ellis, the band is a throwback to "Killers" era Iron Maiden, with a much stronger voice than Paul D'ianno. Speedy riffs and modern production breathe new life into an old genre making it appealing to a new generation and old time metalheads that wish for a time long past.

Check out the next batch of nominated "best newcomers of 2012" at this location.

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From the early to mid-90's, Carl published his own fanzine called C.R.O.M. In 1997, he released a compilation entitled "CROM: The Resurrection of True Metal," which featured songs from bands from around the world, including the first U.S. release of any kind for bands like Italy's Rhapsody (n/k/a Rhapsody of Fire) and Brazil's Angra. Follow Carl on Facebook and Twitter: @CROMCarl.

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I didn't like any of these.

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