BE PERSECUTED - Nanchang, Jiangxi Province
This Chinese trio makes some of the happiest-sounding fuzzy depressive black metal I’ve ever heard. Neat.
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
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