I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of metal music, but this is because I acquired my bias living in Los Angeles during the worst of the “hair band” debacle. However, hearing music like this from the Bassists Alliance Project, especially the bass playing by Alberto Rigoni, reminds me of how intricate and, frankly, progressive, this kind of metal can be.
Orthodox are a Spanish metal band who seem to be very comfortable straddling the line between doom metal and free-jazz. One piece, 27 minutes, of brutal skronk.
Here are this year’s (disappointing, as usual) Bandcamp toppers of 2017. No Santiago Fradejas. No A.M. Ferrari-Fradejas. Nor Jeff Gburek. Nor Marco Lucchi. Nor Noël Akchoté. Nor so many other deserving artists who don’t offer up a plate of decent, non-offensive pseudo-soul, hip-hop or tacky dance music. Ah, well.
For your perusal, click on the links below. You WILL find some gems in here.
Audrey Fall are a post-rock, post-metal quartet out of Riga, Latvia. They produce a fine, powerful music and should be making a lot of worthwhile noise in the near future.
Respect to Depressive Illusions Records out of Kyiv, Ukraine, for giving these folks a platform to spread their music out to the broader world, even if metal isn’t quite my cup of tea.
This compilation of Arabian and North African racket bears little resemblance to anything metal-heads in the United States are used to producing. The anger here is palpable to the point of being nearly psychotic in its energy level. Brutal metal outside of the Middle East doesn’t have anything close to this intensity.
This record isn’t for the faint-of-heart, but for those who have an interest in how music is used as a tool for rebellion under extremely hostile cultural and governmental forces, it’s quite a window into the local metal scene.