Last Year's Tragedy have released their debut EP, "Challenge Accepted", and much to my delight it's another fine example of the growing scene in the land of lions and tigers. It should also be noted that LYT is a seven-piece band, yes seven, that's heading into Eluveitie territory!
For reasons unknown, most metal fans are very sceptical of Christian metal bands and female fronted metal bands. They blame the Christian part for making the band "not as heavy" as their darker counterparts and "just plain sucky", while they say the female fronted aspect is "gimmicky". I blame
When I first opened up the album in Winamp (R.I.P) i didn't really know what to expect. I mean, I knew Moment Of Clarity, I had been to gigs circa 2009 and watched with awe as the ripped up the Summerfest '13 stage
When Dismantling the Architects went on an indefinite hiatus, Kevin Rule (vocals / guitar) approached his former bandmates Alistair Dring (bass / backing vocals)...
It's been just over a year since we first heard of The Drift (a.k.a. "That Facebook Band"). Having gone from a band with nothing besides the combined experience of its members - seasoned veterans from such bands as Knave, Gadabout, Chromium and Misericord; The Drift have grown a lot since being "That Facebook Band".
When I first opened up the album on my playlist I accidentally clicked on a random song and was greeted with a few seconds of a low tuned, djenty riff jumping from place to place. My first thought was, "Oh god! Not this again. What ever happened to the idea of guitar tone and riffs that aren't schizophrenic?" Boy was I wrong!
Misericord from Johannesburg produce some good old fashioned melodic death metal. It hits all the right chords for me and is a solid effort from this (as of yet) vocalist-less band. Don't let that little fact dissuade you, they got a session vocalist for the album.
I have no earthly idea what "Extreme doom glam punk crusty grind black death sludge prog numetal speed viking stoner power core" is but apparently that is Facing The Gallows' genre according to Facebook... To me it sounds like metalcore. Now, I'm not a fan of metalcore, I'm more of a viking/death/power/black/prog/glam/speed kinda guy. But I see those words in their genre, so I gave them a shot. And I was better for it.
If you're one of those elitists that only listens to metal (and nothing else) you can skip this one. Dead Lucky are not metal; but that hasn't stopped them from delivering an album that captures the spirit of all things metal and it's absolutely dripping with macho bravado and posturing. It's the type of music that you'd put on the playlist with the likes of Mötorhead and Danzig.
The South African metalscape has seen many changes over the last thirty-odd years of documented activity, constantly morphing in tandem with local and international trends of the time. Whilst many bands tend to fade out of the scene once the 'hey-day' of their chosen genre and style diminishes, some stay the course and further develop original ideas into newer sounds, and sometimes new names emerge long after the fact by revisiting what came before, reinterpreting them into a more up-to-date context.