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Over the period we’ve been operating, we’ve received countless number of promos from underground bands seeking recognition for their work and talent. Looking at some of these artists, it’s a saddening fact that they dont get the level of attention that their skills deserve. Our primary aim here, in Metal Gallows, is to put the spot light on such bands who’s music simply must be heard.
Death metal is a genre that lot of the promos we receive can be classified under. So for our first compilation, we’ve gathered 18 bands whose music truly phenomenal and must be heard by every fan of the genre. Now the bands here vary from traditional death metal to technical and progressive death metal, with everything in between. So without further ado, here’s Metal Gallows Death Metal Compilation Vol I: http://www9.zippyshare.com/v/91589731/file.html.
Let me shed light on the bands we’ve included in this record.
We encountered Human Infection when we came across their album art on Blast Head Records facebook page. The music is some straight forward, semi technical death metal that is riddled with so many hooks. This band comes off as a cross breed of Obituary’s song writing with the ferocity of Cannibal Corpse. Read our review of their recent album, ‘Curvatures in Time’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/human-infection-curvatures-in-time-album-review/
Depraved plague is one band that I regret not covering on this zine when their debut album came out back in 2012. Hailing from Cambridge, UK, this Contagion Records signing is a band that strips the music down to the roots and yet manages to create some fresh sounding tunes. With savage riffing, pounding drums, well placed breakdowns, their debut album ‘Systemic’, is something that will leave your neck hurting for hours.
It was only a few weeks ago that I discovered the existence of this entity called Warcrab. What immediately struck me about this band is their well executed mix of death metal with a dirty sounding form of sludge metal. Though this combination may seem odd on paper, on record it comes together quite wonderfully. Check out their track ‘Nemesis’ to get an idea of what I’m talking about.
Markradonn is perhaps one of the most unique bands out there today. The music is refreshing, in that they use actual symphonic instruments like timpani, french horn and trumpets, and they fuse it with a highly experimental form of death metal. I named this band one of the best discoveries I made last year and I stand firm by that claim.
Hailing from down under, this doom death trio has been making waves in the underground death metal circuits, ever since the release of their second full length ‘Ritual Executions’. It’s actually hard to nail this band down under any one sub genre as the music is unconventional. One has to hear their album completely to get an idea of their sound as it is hard to express in words.
I’ve known this band for just over a year now and it’s already become one of my most favorite metal acts hailing from India. These guys recently did a tour in mainland China and became one the first Indian metal acts to do so. Melodic, technical, progressive and even brutal – all these adjectives adhere to Fragarak’s sound. Read our review of their debut ‘Crypts of Dissimulation’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/fragarak-crypts-of-dissimulation-album-review/
I love myself a good helping of grind anyday and this band caters exactly to my taste. While most grind bands tend to go over the top with their ferocity, Meat Train does it just right. The way they fuse death metal and thrash metal with grind overtones is very commendable indeed. Check out our review of their debut, ‘Man Made Flesh’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/meat-train-man-made-flesh-album-review/
People who know me well, would know that Preludium makes me jizz everytime I listen to them (metaphorically speaking ofcourse!). Black metal – death metal combination is rarely pulled off with the level of perfection shown by this band. This is band that is capable of both crushing your face and also sending you into a meditative trance.
Our acquaintance with Cognitive was made quite recently when we were called upon to review their self titled debut. Doing so, I ended up discovering another band that is capable of melding melody with technicality and progression. What adds to the Cognitive experience is the unpredictability factor contained in the music. Check out review of ‘Cognitive’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/cognitive-cognitive-album-review/
This is another band that I only discovered very recently through a friend. It just took me one listen of their track ‘Bloody Carnival’ to add them to this list. Primitive, hard, heavy and dense death metal that crushes everything is what I was greeted by. Oh, did I mention the brilliant lead guitar work? That’s there too.
Technical death metal plus grindcore. Sounds delicious doesnt it? The music by Kataplexis is just that. This is a must for anyone that enjoys short, technical yet brutal songs that decimates everything within a short span. Read our review of ‘Downpour’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/kataplexis-downpour-album-review/
No death metal compilation is complete without some mindless brutality. And here to deliver just that is India’s very best in the genre, Gutslit. This band set the blueprint for all other brutal death metal bands in India and now is all set to represent the country at the Obscene Extreme Festival this year! Check out our review of their debut ‘Skewered in the Sewer’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/gutslit-skewered-in-the-sewer-album-review/
One of the best slam death bands to emerge in recent times. What’s amazing is that they do it with a clean production and song writing that is nothing short of spectacular. Think I’m exaggerating? Listen to their tracks and talk to me. Here’s my review of ‘Rationing the Sacred Human Remains’ : http://www.metalgallows.com/parasitic-ejaculation-rationing-the-sacred-human-remains-album-review/
This is another recent discovery I made through a friend. Brutal, ferocious and face melting death metal delivered at a rapid pace. If any of the above words mean anything to you, then this is not a band to be missed. Give a listen to their single ‘Slaughtered Slut’ for some mosh inducing brutality.
Corpseflesh will always hold a special place in my heart because this band’s debut was one of my earliest reviews. This band never fails to entertain and every time I listen to their album, uncontrollable headbanging ensues. Another thing I absolutely love about this band is the morbid sense of humour present in each track. Read my review of their debut, ‘Tattooed by a Blowtorch’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/corpseflesh-tattooed-by-a-blowtorch-album-review/
Speaking of sense of humour, Bookakee comes to mind. First, the name. Then, their look of being covered in green goo. As funny as they look, when it comes to music, this bands consists of some of the most skilled musicians in the business. They play progressive death metal that is at times eclectic and at times beautiful. Read our review of their album ‘Whoriffic’ here: http://www.metalgallows.com/bookakee-whorrific-album-review/
I saw this band live just a few days ago. Their brand of melodic and progressive death metal is as catchy as they come, inspite of all the complexity in the song writing. Check out their EP for a good session of progressive death metal. Our review of ‘On the Banks of Rubicon’ can be found here: http://www.metalgallows.com/orion-on-the-banks-of-rubicon-ep-album-review/
Last but not least in the compilation, is Skin Drone. Their facebook states “Combining elements of technical death metal, grindcore, and all things extreme into a whirlwind of bombastic audio atrocities” and this is not just a mere claim. Listen to their track ‘Harakiri’ and you’ll see what an insane rollercoaster ride this band is.
What do you think of this compilation? Did you like it? Hate it? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org