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Hmmm. Well, since you put it that way…
Hmmm. Well, since you put it that way…
As many of you will know, masters of all that is metal (or a stoner’s approximation of, at least) Metalsucks have been counting down a list of who they (the staff) consider to be the top 25 modern metal guitarists. Of those I know, I’ve agreed with the vast majority of inclusions, and by the time this goes to press, there should only be the number one slot left to be announced – on Monday I would presume, thanks to Labor Day this Monday just gone.
So with this weekend break in mind, we want you to don your deerstalkers and tell us, based on who has already been mentioned, who you think will be – or who you think deserves – the number one slot from Axl, Vince and co.
For your convenience, I’ve listed the entries so far below, but I’d highly recommend reading the series – they make some damn good points regarding their choices.
Sound off in the comments!
OK, so Nader Sadek is a name I’ve been hearing quite a lot lately. Mostly due to the fact that the Egyptian born conceptual artist, who has previously collaborated with bands such as Mayhem and Sunn O))), has just released his first record In The Flesh (an album centered around the place that petroleum holds within society) and it contains contributions from a pretty stellar cast. The band is made up of Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel) on vocals, Blasphemer (Mayhem) on guitar, Nick McMaster (Krallice) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) on drums and guest appearances include Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Destructhor (Morbid Angel) and Mike Lerner (Behold… The Arctopus). Quite the line up, ain’t it? Don’t worry, the music is pretty damn good too – check out the video for “Sulffur” below, it’s the second part in a three-part video being shot for the album.
Reminds me a little of each band involved really but I suppose primarily it sounds like early Morbid Angel with a few Mayhem inspired riffs and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that. Anyway, you think that was good? Just wait till you see the video for the first part of the trilogy, “Nigredo In Necromance”!
Not too long ago, we pointed you in the direction of the one man blackened sludge project Towering Filth and the debut free EP, Encircled By Wolves. Personally, I loved the EP and told Towering Filth mastermind Matt Koch that if he finished another song and wanted to put it out, we’d premiere it. Lo and behold, he was already hard at work at new music, and sent us “I am Consequence,” hot off the presses. You can listen to this dirty son of a bitch below.
Towering Filth brings together the disparate influences from bands such as The Abominable Iron Sloth, Neurosis, Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice, and Devil Sold His Soul. The murky atmosphere, throaty distorted vocals, and violent riffs should sit well among listeners of grind, black metal, doom, sludge, and hardcore. If you haven’t checked out Encircled by Wolves yet, you need to get on it right away. You can stream it over at Bandcamp and download it for free via Mediafire.
One man bedroom projects are a dime a dozen these days, and while I sing the praises of many independent musicians producing their own music, sometimes things get a bit homogeneous. Fortunately, today’s example of top-notch bedroom musicianship that graced the Heavy Blog inbox comes in the way of Matt Koch’s project Towering Filth, which pulls from different influences altogether. Mitch (known around these parts as Dethcaek, who NEVER FUCKING POSTS) gave it a listen and said it sounded like “blackviolence,” which isn’t exactly a stretch—Matt does cites bands like The Abominable Iron Sloth, Unsane, Neurosis, Krallice, and Wolves in the Throne Room as influences. Even if this doesn’t sound like your type of music, you should give Towering Filth’s three-track EP Encircled by Wolves a listen below! I certainly dig it and can’t wait to see what else what else is in store from Towering Filth in the future.
Well it isn’t happening. Figures, huh?
“FUCK YOU, NORTH AMERICA!”
This just keeps happening. It’s not like I was going to go or anything, but damn. It’s seemingly next to impossible to get a controversial European band over here on this side of the pond. There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but all bets are placed on visa issues, which have been plaguing bands left and right over the past few years.
There seems to be a pattern forming. Is it a secret government agenda trying to keep these questionable bands out of the United States? Get out your tinfoil hats, folks. Jumping to wild conclusions easy to do.