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

1. Galaxy (Melbourne, Victoria, AUS)

Album: Lost From The Start EP (Dying Victims Productions)

Release Date: November 8th, 2019

Genre: New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal

Contemporaries: Visigoth, Iron Kingdom, Skull Fist, Blade Killer

Combining aspects of 1980’s speed, thrash, and power metal, Melbourne, Australia’s Galaxy seek to make their presence boldly known to the world with their debut EP, Lost From The Start. Containing one intro and four full tracks of traditionally-influenced magnificence, listening to Galaxy’s Lost From The Start is like hopping in a cosmic time-machine that transports you back to when the theatricality of metal was epic, the leather and denim were plentiful, and the music was filthy, lascivious, and still often backed by major labels… Not to digress, though, Galaxy’s Lost From The Start EP is glorious, so break out your invisible oranges and hoist them high, for these songs will have you straining to hit the high notes, banging your head into oblivion all the while. Rating: 9.5 / 10

2. Vastum (San Francisco, California, USA)

Album: Orificial Purge (20 Buck Spin)

Release Date: October 25th, 2019

Genre: Classic/Blackened Death

Contemporaries: Incantation, Necrot, Tomb Mold, Chthonic Deity

Orificial Purge is the fourth full-length studio album from the San Franciscan death metal quintet known as Vastum. Filthy, putrid, and aggressive, the six tracks on Vastum’s Orificial Purge seem to hold up a mirror to the ugliness of humanity and all the multitudes of forms that it can assume. Excellently produced, this album is solemn, cutting, and vicious in all the right ways. Not to be slept on, at all. Rating: 8.75 / 10

3. Apotheus (Paços de Ferreira, Portugal, EUR)

Album: The Far Star (Black Lion Records)

Release Date: November 1st, 2019

Genre: Melodic/Progressive

Contemporaries: Amorphis, Wintersun, Kalmah, Dark Tranquility

Portugal’s up-and-coming progressive, melodic quartet Apotheus have returned with their sophomore full-length, The Far Star. Sidereal and mellifluous, Apotheus captures the sound of the interstellar travel on these eleven competently composed tracks. Custom built to sing along to, The Far Star is vast, vibrant, and vivid. Overall, wholly enjoyable. Rating: 8.5 / 10

4. Tides Cult (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Album: Your Memory Has Tarnished This Beautiful Place EP (Independent)

Release Date: October 31st, 2019

Genre: Black/Blackened Hardcore

Contemporaries: Code Orange, Oathbreaker, Cohol, The Secret

The independently released debut EP, Your Memory Has Tarnished This Beautiful Place, from Chicago’s newly formed black metal/blackened hardcore quintet Tides Cult is five tracks of sensational, soul-ripping music, hellbent on destruction. Austere and unembellished, Your Memory Has Tarnished This Beautiful Place is one EP that none reading this humble offering should miss out on. Highlights include “Sanguinem”, “Jupiter”, and “Athame”. Rating: 9.25 / 10

5. Vaultwraith (Springfield, Missouri, USA)

Album: Light the Candle in Honour of Devils (Hell’s Headbanger Records)

Release Date: October 31st, 2019

Genre: Thrash n’ Death / “Devilcraft Metal”

Contemporaries: Legion of The Damned, The Crown, From Hell

Licentious and indecent, vile and vulgar, Missouri’s Vaultwraith have returned with their second full-length effort, Light the Candle in Honour of Devils, on the esteemed Hell’s Headbanger Records. With twelve tracks that reek of newly spilled blood and fresh grave dirt, Vaultwraith’s Light the Candle in Honour of Devils defies true genre classification – and that’s a good thing. A lot of thrash, a lot of death, and healthy helpings of black and doom, all tied together in a gory knot? Sold! Rating: 8.5 / 10

6. Sarcasm (Uppsala, Sweden, EUR)

Album: Esoteric Tales of the Unserene (Dark Descent Records)

Release Date: October 14th, 2019

Genre: Melodic Death

Contemporaries: Hypocrisy, Bloodbath, Kataklysm, Unanimated

No newcomers to the international metal community, Uppsala, Sweden’s Sarcasm originally formed in 1990, only to see them take an extremely extended break from 1994 until 2015. Since the melodic death metal quintet’s return, however, they have been extremely prolific. Esoteric Tales of the Unserene is the third full-length album from Sarcasm in the last four years, and their rediscovered, workman-like approach to recording shows through on this latest effort. A little raw, but still well composed, the release of Esoteric Tales of the Unserene should help Sarcasm continue to grow their audience. Rating: 8.25 / 10

Go and love on these excellent bands if you like what you read and heard, and stay metal, always! \m/


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