TAARMA - Zhob, Balochistan, Pakistan

Raw, depressive black metal too soothe the seething soul.

Listen to: Nuclear Jihad by TAARMA

TRIUMVIR FOUL - Portland, OR (USA)

Putrid old school metal of death. These guys are something special.

Listen to: Abhorrent Depths by Triumvir Foul

GOUGE -  Kolbotn, Norway

Primitive, snarling death metal from a bunch of youngsters with a few tricks up their denim sleeves.

BODE PRETO - Teresina, Piauí, Brazil

Total Sudamerican black/death metal HELL.

Listen/purchase: Inverted Blood - CD 2012 by Bode Preto

ULTIMATE AGONY - Marietta, GA (USA)

Fetid death/doom from the school of Rippikoulu, Corrupted, and their viscously-tempo’d ilk. You’ve heard this kind of thing before, but hell - play it again, Sam.

CATHOLIC GIRLS - Denver, CO (USA)

Hard-as-fuck d-beat fuck-you punk rock swag from Denver. Loving the “OUGH!” that kicks off “Loveless.” I’m not usually much for hardcore punk jams but this shit rips.


Listen/purchase: Loveless by Catholic Girls

WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS - Louisville, Kentucky

Harsh, haunting ambient black/noise from the hills of Kentucky.

Listen/purchase: Thirtyfive Thoughts to Nineteen Elements by wheels within wheels

FROM THE VASTLAND - Tehran, Iran

Excellent Persian black metal in the traditional Norwegian vein (the more recent stuff is better, but harder to find outside of the band’s Facebook). Support.

ACOUSTIC WIZARD - Dunwich, I assume

Acoustic versions of Electric Wizard songs? Genius!
Turns out “stoner folk” is the best thing ever.

Listen/download: Acoustic Wizard III by Acoustic Wizard