I.O.’s Pick of the Week: Our Last Enemy (Sydney, Australia)
Our Last Enemy’s Pariah is WHOA. With Christian Olde Wobers (former Fear Factory) producing, I’m expecting some industrial tear-it-up metal with this album aaannnnnd—DELIVERED. Starting out with “Devour the Sun” and moving through sixteen tracks, including three, count-em-three, remixes, I was impressed with the complexity of the arrangements. Wobers’ industrial influence lends an apocalyptic desperation. Fogwell’s vocals are gritty and I have yet to hear a clean note (yay!). There are quirky elements such as the Ragtime flavored sample in the midst of “Ants in the Palm” but it works. This is definitely a unique album.
Listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/ourlastenemy
Band profile: www.EclipseRecords.com/Our-Last-Enemy
All For One (New Jersey)
Holy canolli, these dudes are great! All For One is a metalcore band that would have squeaked by Our Last Enemy as my pick of the week IF I could have given you a better sneak peak from Internet content, but all I could find was this video:
With driving guitars, pummeling drums and bass, and post-apocalypse vocals, this is what I love about metal. I am definitely keeping an eye on this up-and-comer. Their record As Empires Fall will release through At Your Command Records on 06/19/2014
Zmerna (Athens, Greece)
Zmerna is a neo-progressive metal band that makes me wonder if After the Burial and Tesseract had a baby together, gave it a weird Zappa-esque name, and asked Animals as Leaders to stand in as godfather. On offer is heavy palm muting, percussive polyrhythms and atmospheric guitars without all the fuss of vocals. Zmerna is the solo project of Manthos Stergiou (Tardive Dyskinesia, Lunatic Medlar) and the full album Polydirectional Lines was recently released through Spreading Dysphoria Industries.
Listen here: http://zmerna.bandcamp.com/
Canopy (Stockholm, Sweden)
Canopy out of Stockholm, Sweden is—surprise—melodic death metal (I abbreviate it to MDM). Menhir, a self-released treat from 2010, has been garnering positive reviews over the last few years and for good reason. I’m partial to MDM and these guys deliver it straight up with fast, harmonic guitar riffs, plenty of driving percussion, and deep, growly vocals. Serene Catharsis, their self-release from 2006, has a meatier production sound for those of you who like your metal dirtier.
Listen here: http://menhir.bandcamp.com/
Official website: http://www.entercanopy.com/
These Danish crust punks roll out some interesting sounds, with a vocal style landing somewhere between Sick of It All and From Ashes Rise. I enjoyed them though hardcore/punk hangs out with black metal at the bottom of my list of favorite metal genres. PARASIGHT released their second LP on Phobia Records entitled “Munden Fuld Af Løgn, Lommen Fuld Af Profit” (translates to “Mouth Full of Lies, Pockets Full of Profit”) just this month. If you’re not a crust/hardcore/d-beat appreciator, these guys might make you change your mind.
Russian post-metal band N. TESLA released their first full-length album “Lux Manifesto” through Lost Memories Records via the Internet early this year. There are a number of influences, most notably atmospheric elements. The sound is rich, dark, and reminiscent of TOOL.
Listen here: http://nteslaband.bandcamp.com
Sound of Memories (France)
Sound of Memories is a melodic death metal band from France. Their debut EP Living Circles was released in October of 2013 through Contorted Records. I really dug “Slave of Gizeh” and if you love MDM, you should give these guys a listen.
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