"6 Bands You May Not Know, But Should" - May 17th, 2020 Edition

1. Marrowfields (Fall River, Massachusetts, USA)

Album: Metamorphoses

Release Date: April 24th, 2020 (Black Lion Records)

Genre: Melodic Doom

Contemporaries: Yob, Pallbearer, Swallow the Sun, Loviatar, Doomraiser

Hailing from just outside of Boston, Fall River’s Marrowfields are combining aspects of their influences in Yob, Pallbearer, and Swallow the Sun to admirable effect on their debut full-length, Metamorphoses, available now on Sweden’s Black Lion Records. Atmospherics and melodious tones interweave between traditional elements of heavy blues and doom to produce an album that Marrowfields can be proud of. Still in their nascent stages, this band is only just beginning their journey, and a strong start is always a good way to kick things off. A fine first effort. Rating: 8.25 / 10

2. Bythos (Tampere, Finland, EUR)

Album: The Womb of Zero

Release Date: April 24th, 2020 (Terratur Possessions)

Genre: Modern Black

Contemporaries: Behemoth, Horned Almighty, The Rite, Theosophy

Often flirting with the doomier side of black metal, Finland’s brand-new entity known as Bythos have offered up their debut release, The Womb of Zero, now available from Terratur Possessions. Skipping the usual process of at least releasing a demo or an EP first, Bythos have gone right for the jugular in issuing a full-length studio recording straight out of the gate. Similar to Behemoth’s in structure and composition but more akin to classic black in its production, the music of The Womb of Zero is enjoyable, yes, but by the last third of the album, it starts to sound rather tired. Still, when a song from this album pops up in the random player, it’s always a good listen. Rating: 8.75 / 10

3. Voices of Ruin (Ontario, California, USA)

Album: Path to Immortality

Release Date: April 24th, 2020 (M-Theory Audio)

Genre: Melodic Death

Contemporaries: Crimson Shadows, Kalmah, Fires in the Distance, The Eldritch Grimoire

Southern California’s Voices of Ruin have returned with their third full-length, Path to Immortality, and if you’ve not heard of them yet, then perhaps this is finally the album that acquaints this talented act with the rest of the world. Playing textbook, melodically inflected death metal that blisters and burns its way through ten properly produced tracks, Voices of Ruin have released an admirable and praiseworthy album in Path to Immortality. Be on the lookout, for Voices of Ruin is on the rise! Rating: 9 / 10

4. Arida Vortex (Moscow, RUS)

Album: Riders of Steel

Release Date: April 30th, 2020 (Independent)

Genre: Power Metal

Contemporaries: Powerwolf, Holy Grail, Ironflame, Burning Witches

From Russia with love, indeed! Power metal veterans Arida Vortex have been galloping their way along through the Moscow metal scene for over twenty years now, but with the departure of their original vocalist after their previous album’s release in 2016, things were looking a bit grim there for a minute. But with the acquisition of new singer Evgeny Epishin in 2017, Arida Vortex decided to keep on keeping on; and now, a few years later, the fruits of the new lineup’s labor are here for all to enjoy upon Riders of Steel, the band’s eighth full studio release. This is some great shit! Enjoy! Rating: 9.5 / 10

5. Omniarch (Edmonton, Alberta, CAN)

Album: Omniarch

Release Date: May 8th, 2020 (Independent)

Genre: Technical Death

Contemporaries: Decrepit Birth, Symbolik, Inferi, Carrion Vael

Straight out of Edmonton comes yet another Canadian crusher of an album in the year of 2020. This time, Alberta’s newfangled tech death troupe known as Omniarch are the providers of the punch with their eponymously titled and independently produced debut release, Omniarch. Bursting at the seams with progressively tilted and melodically enhanced technical death distinctiveness, Omniarch’s album of the same name is one hell of a fucking how do you do! Only formed last year, Omniarch are already beginning to make waves in the tech death sector, so get this killer release in your ears ASAP! Rating: 9.5 / 10

6. Shogun (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

Album: Addendum

Release Date: May 8th, 2020 (Independent)

Genre: Stoner/Doom Metal

Contemporaries: Monolord, The Sword, Electric Wizard, Elder

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Shogun! Wait, that’s not right, is it? Oh well. Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s stoner/doom consortium known as Shogun are back again with their sophomore full-length, Addendum, and if you’ve yet to hear of this gifted group from the beloved Beer City, then this album just might be the one to change all that. Loaded with jam session solo freak outs, fuzz, and reverb, Shogun often blends the pummeling power of Sleep/High on Fire-like drums and rhythms with more traditional stoner/doom riff sensibilities and vocals to the tune of eight accomplished compositions. Addendum was independently released on the 8th of May (Eighth, get it? Haha), so if you’ve been on the prowl for some solid new stoner/doom tunes, Shogun’s got you covered! Rating: 8.75 / 10

Thank you for reading and checking out the bands from this edition of "6 Bands"! Some states have begun to open up further and further, so perhaps live music will slowly make its local comebacks sooner than later. Keep those fingers crossed and those circles closed! Until next time, stay metal always! \m/


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