"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should - 11/16/2019" Edition

1. Immanifest (Tampa, Florida, USA)

Album: Macrobial (The Artisan Era)

Release Date: November 8th, 2019

Genre: Symphonic/Blackened Tech Death

Contemporaries: Nocturnus AD, Vale of Pnath, Singularity, The Zenith Passage, Equipoise

Hailing from the world’s capital of death metal, Tampa, Florida’s Immanifest have, at long last, unleashed their debut full-length, Macrobial, upon the unsuspecting world – and the world had better take notice. Acute, intricate, and vigorous, Immanifest’s Macrobial brings nine impressive tracks to bear, but some of the most extraordinary cuts include “Ultraterrestrial Creation”, “Wandjina”, “Black Miracle”, and the closer, “Spirits of Old”. Mostly killer, very little filler. Rating: 8.75 / 10

2. Earth and Pillars (Italy, EUR)

Album: Earth II (Avantgarde Music)

Release Date: November 15th, 2019

Genre: Atmospheric Black

Contemporaries: Wolves In The Throne Room, Obsequiae, Elderwind, Drudkh

Little is known about the Italian studio project known as Earth and Pillars, but what is known is that this atmospheric black metal trio have shown incredible promise since their inception in 2014. Immersed in a natural, overwhelmingly organic ambience, Earth II features live drums, which is a departure from prior, programmed releases – and the result is an album that is wholly brilliant, both in composition and production. Showcasing four long, epic tracks, Earth II by Earth and Pillars is phenomenal. ‘Nuff said. Rating: 9.75 / 10

3. Krater (Nürnberg, Germany, EUR)

Album: Venenare (Eisenwald)

Release Date: November 15th, 2019

Genre: Black

Contemporaries: Behemoth, Immortal, Behexen, Aegrus

Punchy in the speakers and clean in the production, Krater’s fourth full-length release, Venenare, has strong elements of melodicism and doom, but still maintains a purely black metal backbone throughout. Dynamic and theatrical, dirty and dark, Germany’s Krater know full well how to craft a fine album, and one listening of Venenare is all the proof needed. Rating: 8.75 / 10

4. Necropanther (Denver, Colorado, USA)

Album: The Doomed City (Independent)

Release Date: November 15th, 2019

Genre: Deathrash

Contemporaries: Skeletonwitch, Deströyer 666, The Crown, Hatesphere

Loud, aggressive, and brash, Necropanther are yet another in a long line of excellent acts to recently hail from The Mile-High City. Thematically based on the 1976 film Logan’s Run, Necropanther’s independently released The Doomed City is thirteen breakneck tracks of perfectly blended death and thrash. Containing copious amounts of kick-ass music, The Doomed City is, plainly put, some good shit. Rating: 8.5 / 10

5. Iapetus (Long Island, New York, USA)

Album: The Body Cosmic (Independent)

Release Date: November 9th, 2019

Genre: Atmospheric/Melodic Death

Contemporaries: Dissonance in Design, Fallujah, Wrvth, Ne Obliviscaris, Caecus

Consisting of nine cuts that harness the power of systole and diastole, The Body Cosmic – the sophomore full length release from New York’s atmospheric death metal duo Iapetus – is a mind-blowing blast into the creative cosmos. Epic, thought-provoking, and highly addictive, Iapetus’s The Body Cosmic is sure to make an appearance or two on some end of the year, “Best of 2019” lists… Take that as a hint, if you will. Rating: 9.75 / 10

6. Edellom (Israel, Middle East, ASIA)

Album: Sirens (Another Side Records)

Release Date: October 25th, 2019

Genre: Gothic Doom

Contemporaries: Draconian, Hallatar, Swallow The Sun, Novembers Doom

Originating from a place that is not exactly considered a hotbed of metal, Israel’s Edellom have had to work that much harder than most bands just to get their music out there. However, now that Edellom’s debut full-length Sirens is out there, it shouldn’t take long for word to spread about just how good this doom band really is. Dark, gloomy, heavy, and haunting, Sirens is a stellar debut that deserves even more respect than your average metal offering, for if this Middle Eastern quartet can overcome their geographical limitations and release an album that sounds this good, then what’s your excuse, rest of the world? Rating: 8.5 / 10

That’s it for the offerings in this installment. Please be sure to visit the bands’ websites if you like what you’ve read and heard, purchase their music and merchandise, and share this article or the bands’ music with your friends! Doing so is how we keep metal strong, diverse, and vibrant, don’t ever forget! \m/


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