As the large majority of Heavy Bloginators are American, you may or may not know/care, but this week in the United Kingdom marks the Diamond Jubilee — celebrating 60 years of tyranny from our reptilian lord and war master Queen Elizabeth II. Festivities will occur and the blood of our enemies will be spilled upon our tracksuits as we spend 4 glorious days in a drug-fueled orgy of human sacrifice and extensive cannibalism, as is tradition. However, most importantly, it means you can start drinking at mid-day and no one will bat an eyelid. So what better to celebrate than by highlighting some of the best underground UK bands around — those bands that work tirelessly to make the UK scene a better place and help hold the standards set by the countless number of classic metal acts that were spawned here.
From the unlikely home of Taunton, Somerset, Flayed Disciple bring the gore, in an old-school and uncompromising way. This is pure, thrash-y death metal, influenced by early Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation and Bolt Thrower and doing with all the eloquence you would expect from a band with track titles such as ‘Ejaculate While Killing‘, ‘Torsofucked‘ and, my personal favourite, ‘The Westboro Massacre‘. But it’s so well written, it’s such a tight and refined performance, that it’s impossible to dislike. If you like your death metal to transport you back directly the beginning of the 1990’s, look no further than this slab of raw and dirty death metal. For a much better review of their debut album Death Hammer, check out the Iron Sandwich series, put together by Dom Lawson of Metal Hammer magazine.
Although they have pretty much fallen off the radar lately, this thrash quartet from London are said to be hard at work on their upcoming debut album. Insanely talented and criminally under-appreciated, their 4 track EP Laserdrome pedaled neon-green thrash in the style of Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood but with more emphasis on being ridiculously over-the-top in both music and lyrics departments. ‘Turbo Hyper Ultra Mega Power‘ acts as the highlight, combining just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humour with seriously heavy riffs and frenetic leads whereas ‘The Rauncher‘ toys with more mid-tempo groove alongside the standard thrash gallop. It has a level of competence that lies beyond plenty of my favourite neo-thrash acts, so here’s to hoping we hear from these guys very soon…
A band that I may have harped on about a few too many times, but I’m not sure if you are getting my point here. Bloodshot Dawn absolutely slay – in a single song they easily run the gamut from breakneck thrashing riffs and technical wizardry to mid-paced groove and relative simplicity, while still making it sounds cohesive and professional. Their debut album is nothing less than stellar, mixing together Revocation with the musicianship of Arsis and the relentless brutality of Fleshgod Apocalypse, you can even preview the entire album here at their bandcamp page!
And as an added bonus here is the high budget video for ‘Robototron‘ from Evil Scarecrow, the grimmest and tr00est British black metal band this side of Cradle Of Filth!