"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should - 12/17/19 Edition"

1. Third Chamber (Calgary, Alberta, CAN)

Album: Harvesting Our Decay EP (Independent)

Release Date: November 22nd, 2019

Genre: Melodic Death

Contemporaries: At The Gates, Misery Index, The Crown, The Eldritch Grimoire

Hitting the ground running hard, Calgary’s brand-new melodic death metal quintet Third Chamber have independently released their debut EP, Harvesting Our Decay, and this inaugural release smacks of polish and skill. Five songs long and filled with vim and vigor, Third Chamber’s Harvesting Our Decay EP will undoubtedly gain this budding act an initial following; now let’s see where they go from this satisfying first effort… Rating: 8.5 / 10

2. Lord Mantis (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Album: Universal Death Church (Profound Lore Records)

Release Date: November 22nd, 2019

Genre: Blackened Sludge

Contemporaries: Wolvhammer, Inter Arma, Immortal Bird, Plaguewielder

Although they’ve been around the proverbial block a few times already, Chicago’s Lord Mantis looked to be split-up not but two short years ago. But apparently time apart made the heart grow fond again, and last year, the blackened sludge four-piece reconvened to write and record Universal Death Church, out now on Profound Lore Records. Loud, abrasive, and so sludgy it should come with a warning label, Universal Death Church is not only a great album, it is also a great revival. Welcome back, Lord Mantis. Good to hear from you again! Rating: 8.75 / 10

3. Reveal! (Uppsala, Sweden, EUR)

Album: Scissorgod (Sepulchral Voice Records)

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

Genre: Progressive/Blackened Deathrash

Contemporaries: Sigh, Master’s Hammer, Jordablod, Hail Spirit Noir

Baffling, amorphous, peculiar…all these words and a million more are applicable to Sweden’s progressive, blackened deathrash quartet, Reveal! Yes, progressive, blackened deathrash. Honestly, there’s no other way to put into words what this four-piece concocts without using multiple adjectives and adverbs, and while we here in the music journalism field know full-well how much this can annoy the living batshit out of many of you readers out there, what else can we do? Especially when bands like Reveal! and their ilk refuse to neatly conform to any one genre or subgenre? Well then, we are forced into using multisyllabic gobbledygook to describe what is, essentially, the musical equivalent to multisyllabic gobbledygook. Long story short, the only way to understand what in Satan’s name that is trying to be said here to is listen to Scissorgod and hear for yourself just how truly - but still enjoyably - bewildering it can be sometimes. Rating: 8 / 10

4. Nefarious Dusk (Cumbria, United Kingdom, EUR)

Album: The Wanderer of the Cold North (Purity Through Fire)

Release Date: November 30th, 2019

Genre: Modern Black

Contemporaries: Watain, Highland, Krater, Avslut

Hailing from the northwest of the main English isle, Nefarious Dusk is a not-so-newly formed black metal trio whose debut full-length, The Wanderer of the Cold North, has a sound which harkens back to black metal’s murkier, earlier days, yet still maintains just enough of a 21st century cleanliness to be considered “modern”. Austere, raw, and uncompromising, Nefarious Dusk are a dark light in an all-too-bright world. Listen now if you enjoy your black metal dirty, but not too dirty. Rating: 8.75 / 10

5. Hellsodomy (Kadiköy, Istanbul, Turkey)

Album: Morbid Cult (Saturnal Records)

Release Date: December 6th, 2019

Genre: Deathrash

Contemporaries: Possessed, Master, Oath of Cruelty, Necropanther

Fast, aggressive, and ambitious, Hellsodomy have returned with their sophomore full-length, Morbid Cult, and the metal underground should be on high alert for this banger. Although a smidgen unrefined overall, the filthier production gives this album a gritty feel that seems to blend well with the music itself. This album is definitely not one for the picky audiophiles out there, but is still jam-packed with listenable riffs and tunes, nonetheless. Rating: 8 / 10

6. Bethledeign (Centreville, Virginia, USA)

Album: Iconography of Suffering (Edgewood Arsenal Records)

Release Date: December 13th, 2019

Genre: Extreme Blackened Death

Contemporaries: Skinless, Origin, Hate Eternal, Abysmal Dawn

Good things come to those who wait…an incredible amount of fucking time! Virginia’s Bethledeign have been kicking around since not long after the turn of the century, but name changes, lineup changes, and long hiatuses conspired to keep this material on the shelf for over a decade. Unrelenting and unyielding, the music that makes up the debut full-length Iconography of Suffering has been written, tweaked, and tinkered with ever since 2006, and it shows in the overall tightness and execution of the songs themselves. This is some heavy, heavy shit, people. Do not miss this killer album! Rating: 9 / 10

Hope you have been enjoying these "6 Bands" pieces, everyone! This will be the final article in the series for 2019, as the next multiple-artist articles to post just before the end of the year will be "The Best of 2019 Lists" and "The Best 50 Albums of 2019", so be sure to be on the lookout for those not long after the Yule season concludes! Until then, enjoy the solstice, and thanks for reading!


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