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A TURGID FATSO
Jan 27, 2004

Here's to ya, JACKASS


I'm sure there are fans of Splattered Entrails, Malodorous, and Cordectomy here. I was able to do an interview with Mike O'Hara who plays in all three. Mike had no qualms about getting really in-depth with me and he was awesome, really nice. I know the picture of him on the mainpage looks like poo poo. I have no idea what the dimensions are for that frame.

He also released a new Splattered Entrails EP a few days ago and it has 7 tracks on it, and it is ridiculously awesome; "Screams Of Distant Terror" is definitely my favorite song on it.

A TURGID FATSO fucked around with this message at 07:25 on Jan 15, 2012

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I Brake For MILFs
Jan 9, 2007






This was posted in the awkward + ugly thread.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yWqGR6LQ8s


Where do people even get those leather spikes?

DEAR RICHARD
Feb 5, 2009

IT'S TIME FOR MY TOOLS


The Portland metal scene loving sucks. Why can't every band here be like Agalloch, Red Fang and YOB?

yes, I know YOB is from Eugene, but gently caress Eugene

It's all either metalcore or bands that try their best to be some kind of Lamb of God sounding "death" metal band.

Philthy
Jan 28, 2003



Pillbug

lordblytzkrieg posted:

This was posted in the awkward + ugly thread.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yWqGR6LQ8s


Where do people even get those leather spikes?

Is this a parody of black metal bands or something? The guy has dozens of these videos of just him crab walking and fake playing at a bunch of different outdoor locales. Why would anyone spend that much effort.

Fiendish Dr. Wu
Nov 11, 2010

You done fucked up now!


Philthy posted:

Is this a parody of black metal bands or something? The guy has dozens of these videos of just him crab walking and fake playing at a bunch of different outdoor locales. Why would anyone spend that much effort.

Not just crab walking and fake outdoor playing! Interpretive puppetry, too!

I want to understand but this really befuddles me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKNeuGYy9uI

edit: added something

Fiendish Dr. Wu fucked around with this message at 20:55 on Jan 15, 2012

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001

SUCK A DICK, DUMBSHITS!



Philthy posted:

Is this a parody of black metal bands or something? The guy has dozens of these videos of just him crab walking and fake playing at a bunch of different outdoor locales. Why would anyone spend that much effort.

Youtube allows the mentally ill to provide us with a window into their minds.

Also every time I see someone crab walking it makes me think of Dr. Zoidberg in corpse paint trying to play guitar.

thepitgoddess
Dec 23, 2009

Even Death Metal Monsters Love Cookies


DEAR RICHARD posted:

The Portland metal scene loving sucks. Why can't every band here be like Agalloch, Red Fang and YOB?

yes, I know YOB is from Eugene, but gently caress Eugene

It's all either metalcore or bands that try their best to be some kind of Lamb of God sounding "death" metal band.

Welcome to every metal scene across America!

fappenmeister
Nov 19, 2004

My hand wields the might

I've just ordered the first album by Horrendous entitled The Chills. Do any of you own this? What do you think of it? Sweet Blasphemies was a pretty... sweet little cassette.

Bruce Boxliker
Mar 24, 2010


thepitgoddess posted:

Welcome to every metal scene across America!

Yeah, this. Especially around where I live-pretty much every kind of extreme music that isn't awful high school metalcore/deathcore/screamo has banded together in one scene, resulting in basement shows with hardcore bands playing with black metal bands. There was a decent high school band around here that had a pretty good grasp on Immolation-style death metal for their age but they broke up a few months ago. But man, if you're not in the know it's hard to find local poo poo that isn't awful.

Qu Appelle
Nov 3, 2005

"If a COVID-19 pandemic occurs, public health officials may have additional instructions, such as avoiding close contact with others as much as possible, and staying home if someone in your household is sick." - Official insights from Public Health: Seattle & King County staff



DEAR RICHARD posted:

The Portland metal scene loving sucks. Why can't every band here be like Agalloch, Red Fang and YOB?

yes, I know YOB is from Eugene, but gently caress Eugene

It's all either metalcore or bands that try their best to be some kind of Lamb of God sounding "death" metal band.

There's Ceremonial Castings, a black metal band from Battle Ground, WA. So, a lot closer to Portland than Seattle. https://www.ceremonialcastings.net/

Jake, the main guy behind CC, is doing show bookings in the Portland area, I think at Branx. That'd be a place to check out for listings of bands that don't potentially suck. Jake also puts together a two days Cascadial Black Metal festival every May, that plays in Portland. Last year, they were at Branx.

Monkeytime
Mar 20, 2010


Radio Paranoia posted:

I was planning a big effortpost about SA metal for when a friends' band in Durban released their album, but it's apparently fallen through so I should probably go ahead and do it now. Well, on Monday when I'm back at work.

That said, the majority of the local scene is filled with metalcore poo poo, but there are some real diamonds hiding out here. Anybody interested?

I'd be quite interested. There was a post/black metal band that you or another SA goon posted here a while back-- they had just changed their name I believe, but they were really good.

Is the metal community in South Africa multiracial, or is it mostly white? Are you aware of scenes in other African countries?

Hellwuzzat
Nov 28, 2008


Monkeytime posted:

Is the metal community in South Africa multiracial, or is it mostly white? Are you aware of scenes in other African countries?

And do they bust out indigenous sound a la Sepultura?

Radio Paranoia
Jun 27, 2010

It is now safe to turn off your computer.


Monkeytime posted:

Is the metal community in South Africa multiracial, or is it mostly white? Are you aware of scenes in other African countries?

It's predominantly white, but there is a growing black and coloured culture slowly creeping in. My band's first bassist was coloured, and there are vibrant metal scenes in Botswana and Mozambique.

Hellwuzzat posted:

And do they bust out indigenous sound a la Sepultura?

You know, this is something that I wish they WOULD do more often. A friend of mine wants to start an Afrikaner folk metal band, which would be an awesome idea (and probably end up sounding like Korpiklaani) but so far I haven't really noticed anything like this, short of a few references in Contrast the Water's lyrics.

Anyway, without further ado...

SOUTH AFRICAN METAL MEGAPOST

When I'm not staring at lines of code for my work, I do the same for (as well as help to run) Metal4Africa.com. We're a Cape Town based site that focusses on African metal bands and as a result, I've got my ear pretty close to the scene. We also run a bi-annual festival (Summer/Winterfest) where we try to showcase bands that really stand out on the local scene.

That being said, there is a vertiable boatload of poo poo with metalcore and it's derivatives clogging up the arteries of an already withering scene, and as a result I don't really go to gigs unless I want to see a specific band. However there are a few diamonds in the rough that I will do my best to see any time they're in Cape Town.

If anybody's got any questions after reading though this list, feel free to ask!

Cape Town

Mind Assault - melodic death metal

One of the longest running, hardest working bands on the Cape Town scene, these guys do what they do well and are the most "South African" sounding active band. Lots of Gothenburg influence and the vocals switch between English and Afrikaans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85oIWLjGZ04

Their EP, "Metal Rites" is available for free here.

Wildernessking - black metal (formerly Heathens)

Currently my favourite band and possibly one of the best this country has produced. Drudkh / Enslaved / Wolves in the Throne Room inspired black metal with a heavy dose of Cult of Luna atmospherics. This is one of the few bands on this list that has the potential to really go somewhere and get out of the black hole that is the SA metal scene.

You can stream their whole album over at Lurker ahead of it's February release.

Strident - power metal

Very tongue in cheek, cheesy and over-the-top power metal in the vein of Manowar (Actually, the whole band WORSHIPS Manowar). They released a full-length last year, "Oath" and it's pretty good (if a little derivative). They made a really budget music video for their song "Power Metal From Space" in which they blow up Table Mountain (yes, THE Table Mountain).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpQnvM08HZc

K.O.B.U.S - thrash metal

While these guys don't play nearly as often as they should, they have a cult following and put on one hell of a show when they do play. Dubbing themselves "swaarmetaal" (black metal), it's really more thrashy, but to the average conservative Afrikaner, it must terrify them to see and hear something like this. Francois is an amazing frontman too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYFn9xiavVs

Suiderbees - symphonic death metal

A relatively young band, but they had one of the most professional sounding demos I've heard from the local scene. While I think they're still honing their skills and trying to create a cohesive sound they have a lot of potential.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ0uQXQ9UVE

A Walk With the Wicked - groove metal

Blatant plug for my band, playing groovy death metal with a lot of Entombed influence. We released a six track EP last year and right now things are in flux a little because our lead guitarist has emigrated to Norway (but still wants to collaborate). Finding the right people to keep things afloat has been downright impossible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QWOwqrSFio

Johannesburg / Pretoria

Warthane - black metal

Thrashy black metal in the vein of Satyricon. They just released their first full length since their whole sound/image evolved, "Black Divine" and it got a favorable review over at metal4africa.com. A little too wordy for me, but still a very professional sounding and looking band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLAS_G7NBVg

Bile of Man - brutal death metal

One of my favourite local death metal bands; these guys have a heavy Fleshgod Apocalypse / Origin influence and it shows. Their live shows are intense (with the crowd ripping apart a chickenwire stage fence last time we played with them. They also released an EP last year and I really enjoyed it, despite not being the biggest brutal death fan outside of the usual staples (Cannibal Corpse etc.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiXywxq2ls8

Architecture of Aggression - brutal death metal

Another brutal death metal band but with a more old-school, Deicide approach. At present they are only a two man band, yet still perform live and it's impressive to say the least. They've released a couple fo albums and EP's and as far as I know they're all available for free.

http://architectureofaggression.bandcamp.com/

Juggernaught - southern rock/metal

While not strictly "metal", these guys have the attitude to make up for it. Very Down inspired southern rock with the occasional metal flourish or riff. They put on a good show and their music is perfect for driving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGLFvbTlQok

Durban

Theatre Runs Red - black metal

I'm rather out of touch with the Durban scene of late, but these guys stand out immensely. Featuring viscious female vocals and a really good sensibility when it comes to atmospherics and pacing, they are a monster of a live band and I'm fortune enough to be seeing them when they play at Metal4Africa's Summerfest later this month.

Sadly, there's no good footage of these guys online and their demo's got scrapped. I'll try and get some footage or audio at Summerfest.

Honourable Mentions

Contrast the Water - death metal

This band was originally Durban-based, but after their vocalist got his poo poo hosed up in a botched robbery, they made a plan to relocate to the US and they're currently based in Oakland, CA. Very groovy metal with a thrash influence, they have two albums out, the latest of which you can get for free from their Bandcamp.

http://contrastthewater.bandcamp.com/album/perseverance

Sacryphyx - death metal

While no longer active (they evolved into The Warinsane who are good, but unremarkable) they can say that they played the biggest metal festival in the world, Wacken. As far as I know, some members are STILL paying off the debt incurred to get to Germany.

V.O.D - thrash metal

V.O.D were one of the first South African metal bands and one of the longest running. Their album Bloedrivier (Blood River) is considered a seminal SA metal album. They recently did a reunion show and while these guys are all on the bad side of 40, they put on one hell of a performance. Funnily enough, the vocalist for the goth rock/industrial band I'm playing bass for was their old vocalist before Francois (now of Kobus) took over.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ0d74_3bXw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pysbKy8Wf2Q

Wrust - thrash metal

While not South African, Botswana's Wrust are absolutely brilliant at what they do. Considering the adverse location, the fact that they're producing such solid metal is really inspiring. Taking lots of influence from Sepultura, these guys managed to whip the crowd into a frenzy at one Metal4Africa festival after just one song (and they don't come down here often, so most of the people were complete virgins). These videos don't actually do them justice!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR70byTwMOs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNV6yUhV7uc

Radio Paranoia fucked around with this message at 07:57 on Jan 16, 2012

henpod
Mar 7, 2008

Sir, we have located the Bioweapon.

College Slice

I wonder if Jari has gotten enough RAMS to finish the Wintersun album. His computer problems are further compounded by the fact that their messageboard is down on the website too, which has not been updated since May last year.

funeral fag
Jun 23, 2004



A couple of days ago a friend introduced me to Venenum's demo from last year and hoooly crap. Insanely good underground occult death metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWdDuz685Y

A TURGID FATSO
Jan 27, 2004

Here's to ya, JACKASS


Radio Paranoia posted:

Post full of very informative and interesting stuff

This rules. Quite the effort post for a scene I've never explored before. I'm definitely digging Bile Of Man and will have to do more research later on today. Thanks.

Hulk Krogan
Mar 25, 2005





Bruce Boxliker posted:

Yeah, this. Especially around where I live-pretty much every kind of extreme music that isn't awful high school metalcore/deathcore/screamo has banded together in one scene, resulting in basement shows with hardcore bands playing with black metal bands. There was a decent high school band around here that had a pretty good grasp on Immolation-style death metal for their age but they broke up a few months ago. But man, if you're not in the know it's hard to find local poo poo that isn't awful.

Yup. In my band we're pretty used to being the odd man out and getting weird stares from all the hardcore and thrash bands on the bill when we start setting up keyboards. You'd think there are enough people in NYC that this wouldn't be as much of a problem but for some reason we have to drive out to the sticks to play with real black and death metal bands.

Fiendish Dr. Wu
Nov 11, 2010

You done fucked up now!


Radio Paranoia posted:

Awesome African Metal Post

Dude, thanks for this most excellent post. So much quality stuff. Opens up a whole new world to explore.

Honestly though, my favorites were Strident and Juggernaught. Really not was I was expecting to find. loving Mountain Man.

Henrik Zetterberg
Dec 7, 2007




lordblytzkrieg posted:

This was posted in the awkward + ugly thread.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yWqGR6LQ8s


Where do people even get those leather spikes?

This owns. The crab walking killed me.

The Clit Avoider
Aug 11, 2002

El Profesional


m-o-o-n posted:

A couple of days ago a friend introduced me to Venenum's demo from last year and hoooly crap. Insanely good underground occult death metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWdDuz685Y

Yeah, they're good. I think I posted about them last year when they were "a new thing", it's the same guys from Excoriate (barring the vocalist who's tinnitus caused the end of that band). I'd recommend you check out ZOM for sure incidentally.



Horrendous album is excellent btw.

Vintersorg
Mar 3, 2004

PRESIDENT OF THE OFFICIAL BRENDAN FRASER FAN CLUB





Dark Funeral just cancelled their North American tour.

http://metalassault.com/news/2012/0...-american-tour/

Probably visas or some poo poo again.

BGrifter
Mar 16, 2007

#1 CAPITALS FAN
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Madox posted:

As incredibly cheesy as Virgin Steele is, The House of Atreus has really great songs (and a lot of really bad piano interludes). The first song I ever heard of their's was Agony and Shame and it blew me away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6ljQS6Pej4

Edit: Also I can never get enough YOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWs in my music

That lead singer sounds like a strange hybrid of Dio and Prince. Still, with how much power metal I've been listening to lately new stuff is always welcome. I could totally see it growing on me.

thepitgoddess
Dec 23, 2009

Even Death Metal Monsters Love Cookies


There's also Crackdust from Botswana.

Also, the Melvins/Unsane tour.
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archiv...nsunsane_a.html

Henrik Zetterberg
Dec 7, 2007




New Lamb of God leaked.

Hellwuzzat
Nov 28, 2008


Henrik Zetterberg posted:

New Lamb of God leaked.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Ingram
Oct 18, 2006

"Do you know how rare it is to find a girl who genuinely honest-to-god absolutely loves it up the arse?"


Hellwuzzat posted:

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Not that impressed yet...

Madox
Oct 25, 2004
Recedite, plebes!

BGrifter posted:

That lead singer sounds like a strange hybrid of Dio and Prince. Still, with how much power metal I've been listening to lately new stuff is always welcome. I could totally see it growing on me.

What other stuff have you been listening to? Maybe you got something new to me.

I've been listening to Sister Sin lately ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXw6UWJV1dU ). They have a great classic sound and the vocals have a lot of intensity. I'm always looking for similar new bands.

BGrifter
Mar 16, 2007

#1 CAPITALS FAN
Available on the App Store


Madox posted:

What other stuff have you been listening to? Maybe you got something new to me.

I've been listening to Sister Sin lately ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXw6UWJV1dU ). They have a great classic sound and the vocals have a lot of intensity. I'm always looking for similar new bands.

I've been listening to stuff while out of the house and my mp3 player was loaded in a hurry so it's largely been pretty standard stuff like Blind Guardian/Iced Earth/Dio/Demon's & Wizards/Manowar/Hammerfall/etc.

Ingram
Oct 18, 2006

"Do you know how rare it is to find a girl who genuinely honest-to-god absolutely loves it up the arse?"


Man the new Metallica EP thing isn't what I was expecting. Though I'm glad to finally hear a song I recognised from the behind the scenes footage that wasn't on the album.

Henrik Zetterberg
Dec 7, 2007




Yep, new Lamb of God sure is boring. Ghost Walking is the only decent track.

I think the production of the past 3 albums is what kills me. I don't even know how to describe it. Every song sounds the same.

SHVPS4DETH
Mar 19, 2009

seen so much i'm going blind
and i'm brain-dead virtually







Ramrod XTreme

Henrik Zetterberg posted:

Lamb of God sure is boring. Every song sounds the same.

See this is how I've always felt about them. "Sub-Pantera" shouldn't be damning with faint praise but in their case it really, really is.

A TURGID FATSO
Jan 27, 2004

Here's to ya, JACKASS


CM Funk posted:

See this is how I've always felt about them. "Sub-Pantera" shouldn't be damning with faint praise but in their case it really, really is.

It was already brought up, but the way their music is produced is the main thing that kills me, and that Randy Blythe has always sounded like poo poo. Everything just feels like it's turned up far louder than it was actually recorded. Put that on top of their boring-as-poo poo riffs and you have a recipe for disaster.

The webzine I work for recently did an interview with Mark "Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death, and god drat that man loves to talk, and I could listen to it all day. We had a lot of questions for him, but we were only able to get through about half of them. I really wanted to see if he remembered or had any thoughts about "Twist The Knife (Slowly)" being used in the old Mortal Kombat movie from 1995, but, alas, you can only ask so many questions in thirty minutes. Incredibly well-spoken and one of the nicest guys.

I am definitely stoked for "Utilitarian" to come out next month. Speaking of which, they just released their new "Analysis Paralysis" EP this past Monday, too, so go pick that up.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv I could never get into Skeletonwitch, either. I'm not sure why, because I should be a fan of them. I can't quite put my finger on what it is that really puts me off of them.

A TURGID FATSO fucked around with this message at 19:22 on Jan 18, 2012

burzum karaoke
May 30, 2003



After ignoring it for some time, I'm trying to get into Skeletonwitch's most recent album, and while I think it's a much better effort than Breathing the Fire, the productiom/mixing sounds like garbage to me.

Hellwuzzat
Nov 28, 2008


Just tripped over Angist on Facebook. Blackened Death Metal, I guess the kids would call it. Female vocalist also pulls guitar duty. She sounds pretty loving savage to me, but I'm not an expert in the field of female metal vocalists.

baby duck hat
Jan 29, 2005
baby duck hat

Just wanted to say thanks to whoever recommended Woods of Desolation a few pages back....sorry I cannot remember and can't find the original post.... but wow, this song!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUJqFOfIW9I

Radio Paranoia
Jun 27, 2010

It is now safe to turn off your computer.


baby duck hat posted:

Just wanted to say thanks to whoever recommended Woods of Desolation a few pages back....sorry I cannot remember and can't find the original post.... but wow, this song!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUJqFOfIW9I

I really love this band. It seems anything the guys who did Austere touch turns to gold!

baby duck hat
Jan 29, 2005
baby duck hat

Radio Paranoia posted:

I really love this band. It seems anything the guys who did Austere touch turns to gold!

Agreed! Interesting, I'd previously heard Austere but didn't realise the bands were related.

henpod
Mar 7, 2008

Sir, we have located the Bioweapon.

College Slice

baby duck hat posted:

Just wanted to say thanks to whoever recommended Woods of Desolation a few pages back....sorry I cannot remember and can't find the original post.... but wow, this song!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUJqFOfIW9I

This is some bleak and beautiful stuff; not really listened to this type of metal before but I like it.

henpod fucked around with this message at 12:52 on Jan 19, 2012

Radio Paranoia
Jun 27, 2010

It is now safe to turn off your computer.


baby duck hat posted:

Agreed! Interesting, I'd previously heard Austere but didn't realise the bands were related.

Check out Grey Waters too. It's a little more Katatonia-like and the vocals are more like Austere's cleans, but it's also got that bleak air about it.

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Hellwuzzat
Nov 28, 2008


Diggin' Austere, Grey Waters, and Woods of Desolation. Just what I need for the dead of winter in

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