"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should" - March 7th, 2020 Edition

1. To Conceal the Horns (Jyväsklä, Finland, EUR)

Album: Purist (Purity Through Fire)

Release Date: March 1st, 2020

Genre: Cosmic Black

Contemporaries: Naglfar, Darkspace, Cell, Khôra

To Conceal the Horns is a brand new, one-man project, born from the mind of Agitathur Vexd. Accomplished and mature, the compositions of Purist – the debut release from To Conceal the Horns – blast you off into the cold vacuum of space, where swirling galaxies and radiant supernovas bombard the cosmos with their destructive and life-giving energy. The production is still a bit lacking and soft in the listen, but the music more than makes up for these minor shortcomings. Highly recommended. Rating: 8.75 / 10

2. Hex A.D. (Larvik, Norway, EUR)

Album: Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden (Fresh Tea Records)

Release Date: February 21st, 2020

Genre: Psychedelic Stoner/Doom

Contemporaries: Saturnalia Temple, Lychgate, Hyborian, Dirt Woman

Norway’s Hex A.D. has a foggy history, as no one seems to know precisely when they formed, but according to their Facebook bio, their initial release came out in 2012, so perhaps no more than a year or two before then would be a good estimation at least. Still, the psychedelic doom veterans of the north have returned with a new full-length, Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden, and are letting the murky histories be damned. Heavily retro in their sound and production, Hex A.D. weave an audio web of 70’s fuzz, melodicism, and organs blended with 21st century riffs, polish, and poise. Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden is a straight up good listen, especially if you’re in a classic metal mood. Rating: 8.5 / 10

3. Colosso (Oporto, Portugal, EUR)

Album: Apocalypse EP (Transcending Obscurity Records)

Release Date: February 14th, 2020

Genre: Progressive Death

Contemporaries: Stoned God, Hemotoxin, Neck of the Woods, Svengahli

Colosso have officially lost their groove, and this is a good thing! Originally formed with more of a groove metal mentality, Oporto’s Colosso have gone full progressive death on their latest EP, Apocalypse. You could start to hear the transition on their aptly titled previous full-length, Rebirth, but the transition seemed to still be a work in progress. Upon the Apocalypse EP, however, the transformation is now complete. Featuring four stunning tracks named for each horseman of the apocalypse, Apocalypse is a bad-ass release, and Colosso are now, without any doubt at all, fully in the progressive death business, and business is good. Rating: 9 / 10

4. Gloosh (Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, RUSSIA)

Album: Timewheel (Independent)

Release Date: February 29th, 2020

Genre: Atmospheric Black

Contemporaries: Aethyrick, Turia, Karg, Blaze of Sorrow

Every so often, emails will arrive with unsolicited submissions here at Hated One, and while the vast majority turn out to be either far too past the release date for ink or from bands that just aren’t quite in our wheelhouse, still, a rare few turn out to be from just the right band at just the right time. Such is the case with the Siberian black metal project, Gloosh, whose email was received just a few short weeks prior to the independent release of their debut, Timewheel. Excellently produced and composed, Timewheel is a perfect example of how great metal can truly come from anywhere. Gloosh (Russian for "backwoods/wilderness") is the product of one man, George Gabrielyan, and if this fantastic debut is any indicator, George will need to audition live players, because people all over the world are going to want to hear this incredible music live, and very soon at that. Rating: 9.5 / 10

5. Hot Graves (Gainesville, Florida, USA)

Album: Haunted Graves EP (Redefining Darkness Records)

Release Date: February 28th, 2020

Genre: Blackened Thrash/Crossover

Contemporaries: Venom A.D., Midnight, All Hell, Toxic Holocaust

Laden with punk influence and sensibilities, Florida’s blackened thrash/crossover vets Hot Graves have returned yet again with four ripping tracks aimed right between your eyes. Haunted Graves, the latest EP to drop from the Gainesville noise purveyors, is a breakneck, mosh-inducing quartet of tracks that are as raw as they are remarkable. Stripped-down, no frills, and all powerful, Hot Graves have been kicking ass and taking names for over a decade now, so it’s about fucking time that more metalheads around the world know about them. So, what are you waiting for? Go and get on it! Rating: 9.25 / 10

6. Funeral Cult (Łodz, Poland, EUR)

Album: Possession Done EP (Lusitanian Music)

Release Date: February 21st, 2020

Genre: Death n’ Doom

Contemporaries: Orthodoxy, Bestialord, Cult Burial, Rotting Kingdom

Originally formed and disbanded in the 90’s, Poland’s Funeral Cult quietly reformed in 2017, obviously sensing the same undercurrents of change that many other long dormant acts have felt in the past few years. Officially back with their first release in over twenty years, Funeral Cult’s Possession Done EP is three tracks of death and doom supremacy. A little more death than doom, Possession Done is hopefully just a taste of what is still to come from this reanimated act, because all three songs on this EP are the shit. Stark, dark, and ominous, Funeral Cult have been resurrected for your listening pleasure, so don’t delay. Hit that play button and enjoy! Rating: 9.25 / 10

That wraps up another edition of "6 Bands". Hope you are enjoying this series, the bands, and their fantastic music! Until next time, stay metal always. Nunc Dimmitis. \m/


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