6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should - 10/27/19 Edition

1. Taiwaz (Uppsala, Sweden, EUR)

Album: The Uninvited Guest (Psykofarmaka Records)

Released: October 25th, 2019

Genre: Classic Doom

Contemporaries: Saint Vitus, Candlemass, Electric Wizard, Acid King

Uppsala, Sweden’s Taiwaz are not necessarily “new” per se… This reawakened act – like so many other fantastic bands (Exhorder, Possessed, Sacred Reich, etc.) in 2019 – was originally formed in the mid 1980’s, only to see Taiwaz take a twenty-one-year siesta from 1991 to 2012. The Uninvited Guest , though, is the second full-length album to drop since Taiwaz’s resurrection seven years ago, and this six-track doom fest is delectably dripping with ominous, old-school ooze. Grim and foreboding, The Uninvited Guest by Taiwaz is a “must listen” for any and all metalheads who prefer aphotic, sinister shit. Rating: 9.5 / 10

2. Xoth (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Album: Interdimensional Incantations (Independent)

Released: October 18th, 2019

Genre: Blackened/Technical Death

Contemporaries: Akercocke, Decrepit Birth, Kull, Necrophobic

Formed in 2014, Seattle’s Xoth defy definite classification with their unique blend of black, classic death, and technical death metal elements. Self-defined as “Seattle Space Shred”, Xoth’s independently released sophomore full-length, Interdimensional Incantations, is full to the brim with killer transitions between brutal, blackened technical death metal and wicked, soaring guitar virtuosity backed by sensational bass and drums. Shipshape and satisfying, all-around. Rating: 8.5 / 10

3. Ripper (Talagante, Chile, SA)

Album: Sensory Stagnation EP (Unspeakable Axe Records)

Released: September 30th, 2019

Genre: Progressive Thrash

Contemporaries: Dark Angel, Vektor, Necroripper, Dictator

Having over a decade of experience under their belts, Chile’s Ripper have a sound all their own. A little bit progressive, a little bit technical, and a whole lot of thrash with some death elements added for spice, this is one EP that should certainly turn some heads Ripper’s way. Rating: 8.75 / 10

4. Everdying (Chicago, IL, USA)

Album: Black Acid Soul EP (Independent)

Released: October 18th, 2019

Genre: Extreme/Melodic Death

Contemporaries: God Dethroned, Hypocrisy, Allegaeon, At The Gates

Prolific and productive, the one-man foray into extreme, melodic death metal madness that is Chicago’s Everdying has been churning out the material for ten years now. Upon the heels of last year’s EP and full-length releases, Everdying has returned yet again with the Black Acid Soul EP, a three-song treat that none should pass up. As Everdying’s Johnny Dove says: “No djent, no core, just melodic, extreme metal.” Nema. Rating: 8.75 / 10

5. Savage Master (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

Album: Myth, Magic and Steel (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Released: October 25th, 2019

Genre: New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal

Contemporaries: Iron Kingdom, Night Demon, Blade Killer, Visigoth

Kentucky is an interesting state in the U.S. in that it seems to absorb its influences from all the other states around it: Midwestern, Eastern Seaboard, and Southern. So it comes with no surprise that Savage Master's third full-length effort, Myth, Magic and Steel, is identical to the melting-pot-state from which the five-piece hails. Myth, Magic and Steel is a conglomerate of traditional NWOBHM, doom, and thrash elements that explodes like a lustful blast from your speakers. Led by frontwoman Stacey Peak, the conductress of the sinful symphony, Savage Master is set to burst free like a leather-clad bat out of hell. Overall, the album is a little raw, but still quite enjoyable. Rating: 8.25 / 10

6. Tragic Death (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)

Album: Born of Dying Embers EP (Independent)

Released: October 25th, 2019

Genre: Melodic/Atmospheric Black

Contemporaries: Drudkh, Vukari, Obsequiae, The Ruins of Beverast

The October 25th release of Tragic Death’s Born of Dying Embers EP marks the long-awaiting return of the melodic/atmospheric black metal trio from Wisconsin. Their first release in five years, the Born of Dying Embers EP is coarse when it’s called for, soaring when the time is right, and sheerly gossamer and ghostly when the compositions are ready for the application. Clocking in at over thirty minutes, these three epic tracks are exceptional, and it’s good to hear Tragic Death back at it again. Rating: 9.75 / 10


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