"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should - 11/26/2019 Edition"

1. Tragediens Trone (Brekstad, Norway, EUR)

Album: Tragediens Trone (Osmose Productions)

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

Genre: Black

Contemporaries: Shining, Uada, Watain, Wormwitch

Dark, depressive, and doom-laden, Norway’s Tragediens Trone have spent many moons in hiding since their 2007 formation and original demo release, but now return with their full-length debut, Tragediens Trone, out November 29th, 2019 on Osmose Productions. Containing seven black metal offerings of varying lengths, moods, and levels of ferocity, Tragediens Trone by the band of the same name is sure to put this nearly wholly unknown act on the map. Rating: 9.25 / 10

2. Canyon of the Skull (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Album: Sins of the Past (Independent)

Release Date: November 20th, 2019

Genre: Instrumental Doom/Sludge

Contemporaries: Bongripper, Pelican, Moss (R.I.P.), Serpent Throne (USA)

Originally formed and developed in the fertile Austin, Texas music scene, Canyon of the Skull have recently laid down new roots in the global capital of doom and sludge metal, Chicago, Illinois; and to make their presence known, this sludgy, instrumental doom trio have independently released their third full-length, Sins of the Past. This fifty-nine-minute effort – featuring the current drummer of Chicago’s better-known The Atlas Moth – is only two tracks, “The Ghost Dance” and “The Sun Dance”, and both cuts are absolutely crushing. Leaden, lingering, and lengthy, Canyon of the Skull’s Sins of the Past is an absolute doom/sludge humdinger. Don’t miss out. Rating: 9.25 / 10

3. Flamekeeper (Stockholm, Sweden, EUR)

Album: We Who Light the Fire EP (Invictus Productions)

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

Genre: NWOTHM / “Epic Heavy Metal”

Contemporaries: Eternal Champion, Altar of Oblivion, Gatekeeper

With a sound rich in Mediterranean influence, Stockholm’s Flamekeeper isn’t your average Swedish metal fare. The band’s founder Marco S., originally from Rome, Italy, recently moved to Sweden to take advantage of the country’s deep metal culture and community, and the result is this stunning six-track debut EP, We Who Light the Fire. Part folk, part power, and all classically influenced, We Who Light the Fire is colossal and highly habit-forming. Great stuff. Rating: 9.5 / 10

4. Dizastra (Montreal, Quebec, CAN)

Album: Elder Sun (Independent)

Release Date: November 22nd, 2019

Genre: Blackened/Classic Thrash

Contemporaries: Sodom, Bewitcher, Sadistic Ritual, Dismemberment

Although more blackened in theme and imagery than in overall sound, Montreal’s germinal thrash quartet Dizastra are obviously inspired, ambitious, and hungry. Forming only five short years ago, this burgeoning four-piece have brought forth their initial, independent full-length, Elder Sun, and the metal world should immediately take notice. Containing nine tracks and clocking in at around fifty minutes, Dizastra hasn’t held anything back. Heavy in songcraft and towering compositions, Elder Sun is an excellent debut. Don’t skip “Vae Victus”, “Gnosis”, or “Astaroth” upon first listening. Rating: 8.75 / 10

5. Ectoplasma (Nikaia, Attica, Greece)

Album: White-Eyed Trance (Memento Mori / Caligari Records)

Release Date: October 31st, 2019

Genre: Classic Death

Contemporaries: Autopsy, Possessed, Gruesome, Cardiac Arrest, Chthonic Deity

Fresh on the scene with an old school stench is Greece’s Ectoplasma. Formed in 2012, this Greek death metal quartet have been quite prolific since their inception, releasing at least two splits and/or EP’s in between each of their three full-length albums. White-Eyed Trance, their latest (and third) full-length, is nine tracks worth of gritty, groovy, grimy, graveyard death metal. Ectoplasma’s workman-like attitude towards recording and gigging should serve them well, and the strength of White-Eyed Trance will only add to this emergent act’s reputation. A strong release, to be certain. Rating: 8.75 / 10

6. Casket Huffer (Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA)

Album: Filth Ouroboros (Hibernation Release Records)

Release Date: November 15th, 2019

Genre: Blackened Death

Contemporaries: Incantation, Excommunion, Abyssal, Desolate Shrine

Not yet even five years forged, Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Casket Huffer possess a sound that is far beyond their minimal years of experience together as an act. Vehement, assailing, and unrelenting, Casket Huffer’s sophomore full-length, Filth Ouroboros contains eight punishing tracks of skull-splitting metal barbarity. Filth Ouroboros is some utterly merciless shit, ladies and not-so-gentlemen…so, word to wise, don’t fucking sleep on it. Nema. Rating: 9.5 / 10

Happy Eating-Dead-Bird-With-Your-Family-and-Friends Day (otherwise known as "Thanksgiving" here in the States) to all of the American readers out there, and be sure to show these six spectacular acts some love by visiting their pages and purchasing their music and merchandise if you've liked what you read and heard here. \m/


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