Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground – Week of 6/30/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on July 1, 2014


Looking for new music instead of the same-old-same-old? Look no further. We’ve got eight new-to-you bands from which to pick and choose.


PROVOKE, DESTROY Vulture (Indianola Records)


I’ve mentioned PROVOKE, DESTROY before from listening to their previous work and Vulture delivers. The album juxtaposes screaming hardcore and cleanly sung metalcore with amazing effectiveness. They are so heavy I can’t lift this shit and yet that sweet voice threads through like a ribbon of fudge in ripple ice cream–sweet-sounding, not sweet-talking. “I can’t wait to watch you fail/…I can’t wait to watch you suffer” (Cutthroat).  Singles are “Hellbent” and “Life Support” but don’t stop there. This belongs in your playlist. Release date: July 22, 2014.

Let’s get angry, shall we?


But Don’t Stop There…

INSENSE De:Evolution (Maskina Recordings/Indie Recordings)

insense_deevolution_coverSeems Norway has been keeping a secret. Starting out as a technical metal band in 1999, their sound has evolved. Progressive and death metal elements are evident, but it’s not a rehash of Meshuggah or Machine Head. A mixture of screamed and clean vocals, brutally heavy guitars, and thundering bass and drums, I’m thinking it’s time Norway and I had a chat about the benefits of not keeping secrets, especially angry, face-melting secrets like Insense.

Here’s a little something to tickle your ears:


THE HELL Groovehammer (Prosthetic Records)

The HellThis is pure, anti-establishment, fuck-the-rules rage. I remember when The Beastie Boys took the college scene by storm and The Hell’s Groovehammer will bitch-slap License to Ill back into the eighties. I hear Pop Will Eat Itself groove influences too. The album can’t quit and if it does slow down, rubber burns. Release date: July 8, 2014.

Here’s a little something to whet your appetite:

Oh, and they give advice too in “What the Hell Should I Do?” They should lose the bandannas though. I’d be more impressed if I could see their faces when they tell people to “Fock off!”


AMAZE KNIGHT The Key (Self-Released)

Amaze KnightIf I hadn’t listened past the first few bars of music of the first song, I would have eighty-sixed this interesting progressive-flavored power-metal  quartet from Turin, Italy. If you like Rush, Styx, ELO and other seventies alternative hard rock acts, you’ll hear their influence on this five-track album. An interesting change of pace if you’re looking for great, new music. Listen closely and enjoy.


1000MODS Vultures (The Lab Recs)

1000Mods1000Mods brings us one part stoner, one part psychedelic, a dash of sludge,  and built on a roux of classic rock to make something you’d want to have playing in surround sound while chilling on the deck with a cold brewski. It doesn’t sound like the old rock-n-roll so much as evoke that “She’s So Heavy” vibe.

Here’s the album in full:

Track Listing:

  1. Claws
  2. Big Beautiful
  3. She
  4. Horses’ Green
  5. Low
  6. Vultures
  7. Modesty
  8. Reverb of the New World


DRUNK DAD Ripper Killer (Eolian Empire)

DrunkDadFinally, someone uses the monikers grunge and hardcore and that’s exactly what you get all modernized and shit. Drunk Dad rips and kills with their “Five Pack,” “Life’s Work” and title track “Ripper Killer.” “Fuck in Garbage” is reminiscent of Nirvana’s Bleach only meaner, leaner, and nastier. This is noisecore with that mathematical edge built in sharp as a paper cut. Listen to the album HERE (courtesy of Invisible Oranges). Release date: July 1, 2014. Vinyl available.


VIOLENT VATICAN Vice City (Self-Released)

Violent VaticanProgressive, jazz fusion, hardcore, and experimental? I don’t know, maybe, but it is jazzy fun and somehow manages to throw in some heavy chug without making a non sequitur. No vocals, all instrumental, all the time. If you dig jazzy sweater metal, this is your cuppa.


DOOMED Our Ruin Silhouettes (Solitude Productions)

DoomedGrowled are the memoirs of a man who has tasted the dark underbelly of despair. One guitar is stately while the other is harmonic yet dissonant. This album has a trance-like feel allowing you to sink into those dark, doom-shrouded places without boring you to death by accident. “When Hope Disappears,” “In My Own Abyss,” “The Last Meal,” and “Revolt” are tracks of delicious gloominess.

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