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Independent musicians and touring bands have been largely overlooked during the ongoing dialogue around Trump’s hotly contested Immigration/Muslim Ban.
Of the 10 bands featured in this month’s column, only 3 are from the United States. Touring for indie metal bands is tough enough as it is, imagine what it must be like for a doom metal band from Aleppo, Syria or a black metal band from Benghazi, Libya.
Which is all the more reason to keep fighting to kill Trump’s ban – not just delay or stay it, KILL IT. Now for the love of Black Phillip, feast on the best metal of the month!
UNWINNABLE METAL ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Jagged Vision – Death is the World
RIFFCORE MELODIC STONER
Jagged Vision’s Norwegian crush of riffy progressions and cutthroat vocals combine with classic Mastodon Remission and Leviathan-era heaviness to create a perfect new but familiar sound.
WATCH: “BETRAYER”; LISTEN: “FEEBLE SOULS”
UNWINNABLE BEST METAL OF FEBRUARY 2017
Dool – Here Now, There Then
This Holland export laces throwback 70s psychedelic stoner rock with goth leanings. Imagine In Solitude and Ghost without all the theatrics.
LISTEN: “SHE GOAT”; LISTEN: “VANTABLACK”
Dreaming Dead – Funeral Twilight
OLD SCHOOL CROSSOVER THRASH PUNK
Dreaming Dead fuse elements of thrash, hardcore, and death metal, evoking the spirit of Crumbsuckers, Sacrilege B.C. and Death. Oh, and their frontwoman/singer/guitarist Elizabeth Schall is a total badass to boot.
Sketch the Sky – Pastel Shade
INSTRUMENTAL AMBIENT PROGRESSIVE MATH
Hailing from the school of Plini and Chon by way of South Africa, Sketch the Sky is the solo project of one Ethan Naidoo. His chops are as undeniable as his sweet ass Ormsby Black Machine clone.
LISTEN: “WATERCOLOURS/PASTEL SHADE”
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
NEO-BAY AREA THRASH
These Texans don’t get too bogged down in reliving thrash nostalgia while banging out a mash-up of modernized thrash and death metal. Think classic Exodus and Vio-lence with touches of Death.
LISTEN: “FIRING SQUAD”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM
Kairon; Irse! – Ruination
POST ROCK STONER SHOEGAZE GROOVE
This progressive shoegaze quartet from Finland have gone full hog on this double album touching on everything from Mew, Espers and Hawkwind, to Queens of the Stone Age along the way.
LISTEN: “STARIK”; LISTEN: “FULL ALBUM”
Echopraxia – Candle Cove
INSTRUMENTAL PROGRESSIVE CINEMATIC DJENT
The brainchild of Nashville wunderkind Austin Woodward, Echopraxia elevates the ever-growing genre of boutique instrumental djent with 8 huge-sounding tracks of polyrhythmic Fractalcore.
LISTEN: “MORTAL COIL”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM
Montfaucon – Renaissance
BLACKENED CHAMBER PIANO DOOM
This transcontinental duo hails from Uzbekistan and San Francisco, and play some of the most unique blackened chamber metal today, mostly thanks to their signature lead piano meets Dethklok sound.
LISTEN: “THE PRISONER”; LISTEN: “THE LAST NIGHT”
Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry
EAST COAST TRADITIONAL THRASH
More thrash and hardcore, this time more on the Nuclear Assault meets Municipal Waste tip. They also happen to have the best name and album art, that and they channel Red Fang in their videos.
LISTEN: “A DYING WORLD”; LISTEN: “GRIM BUSINESS”; LISTEN: FULL ALBUM
IEatHeartAttacks – Please Just Dance Death
NOISE HARDCORE SCREE
Made up of two brothers from Norway, IEatHeartAttacks’s brand of hardcore noise metal sounds like a more focused, less experimental version of Lightning Bolt, but with the same ferocity and then some.
LISTEN: “LIAR”; FULL ALBUM
Casey Lynch is editorial director of Square Enix where he works on Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Hitman and more. His first metal show was Anthrax, Testament and Metal Church in 1987. Djent with him on Twitter @Lynchtacular