Amazing Metal You’re Not Hearing – 7.18.12

Greetings once more from your KSSU Loud Rock Director and welcome to the second installment of AMYNH!

Black metal summer

I shan’t waste your time with a silly introduction this time, but I will instead plunge us right into another batch of lovely metal releases. This round includes bands from Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, and Helsinki (Finland).

 Baroness – Yellow & Green (Relapse)

Now if there’s a metal album that has been getting universal hype, it is the new double album by Baroness. This is the follow-up to the acclaimed Blue Record and the stakes were high to make sure this one didn’t flop. The band is taking a completely new approach to their established unique blend of catchy melodies in sludgy/stoner metal. The band does away with screaming vocals and chooses, instead, to focus on even more on melody, harmonies and classic progressive rock elements. The lead single, “Take My Bones Away,” “Sea Breath” and “The Line Between” and should retain the attention of old fans, while ditties like the danceable “Cocanium” and the acoustic folksy track “Stretchmaker” should bring new listeners to the fold. It won’t quite be the band’s Heritage as far as a backlash from fans goes, but it will certainly be a divisive album for their fan base.

This one is for fans of Torche, (newer) Thrice, and The Ocean.

Nachtmystium – Silencing Machine (Century Media)

This is an album that I have been looking forward to for a while now on more than one level. For one, I’m simply a fan of the band and was excited to hear something new. Secondly, this follow-up to 2010’s Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2 pushes the band’s black metal roots back to the forefront. The band’s mastermind, and sole consistent member, Blake Judd, discussed this briefly when I interviewed him, but he was quick to reassure me that the band’s psychedelic/experimental elements remain. This album does present blasting, evil sounding guitar chords and all that good stuff, but there is still some inclusion of some outside influence. For example, “Decimation, Annihilation” has a borderline bluegrass drumbeat for much of the beginning. For all the black metal I listen to, it’s nice to listen to some that isn’t so focused on grand orchestral beds or operatic vocals. Silencing Machine is essentially an homage to classic kvlt metal of the early 90’s, but the band doesn’t despise modern recording technology so they are actually listenable.

This one is for fans of Wolves In The Throne Room, bands without silly pseudonyms for the members, black metal with respect to audio production.

Periphery – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal (Roadrunner)

I’m not sure what it is about this release that managed to sway my naysaying of this band. Their debut really isn’t that different, but This Time It’s Personal is a great adventure of an album. These are some talented musicians with a phenomenal ability to make every aspect of their music memorably and catchy without sacrificing technicality. While I am not fully on board with Spencer Sotelo’s vocal style, I have found myself humming the vocal melody to “Have A Blast” recently and I can respect how dynamic his voice is. Lead guitarist Misha “Bulb” Mansoor has managed to shake up his guitar playing style some, and the band is now harder to categorize as the rather terse “Djent” label, instead I would want to call them one of the few truly stand out progressive bands out there right now. John Petrucci of Dream Theater even makes an appearance on “Erised.” So, if your prog guitar god likes them, why can’t you?

This one is for fans of Protest The Hero, The Contortionist, Fair To Midland.

Knives Out! – Black Mass Hysteria (Razor To Wrist)

This one will not be for everyone. This band has been bluntly labeled as a nu-metal revival band of sorts, and the fact that some of their members were in Nothingface might lead one to agree with this. The parts that peak my interest in the band are the other folks invlolved, namely Jasan Stepp and Todd Smith of Dog Fashion Disco and Polkadot Cadaver fame. The result of this rather odd mixture actually could be compared to either of those Smith/Stepp projects. However, Knives Out! takes the experimental alt-metal goodness of DFD and add more of a metal/heavier edge to it. Todd’s voice is in top form as he delivers his rather twisted lyrical styling (See “Blood Everywhere” and “The First Time I Discovered A Dead Body”). If fans didn’t know any better they would probably just thing that DFD got back together (again).

This one is for fans of Dog Fashion Disco/Polkadot Cadaver and later Faith No More

Chaosweaver – Enter the Realm of the Doppelganger (Napalm)

I don’t really have much to say on this album, but I do feel that is worth mentioning. The band is a very strange four-piece that blend industrial, black metal, some symphonic elements, and various other experimental elements. There are just so many odd metal pieces stuck together here and it’s worth hearing if you life eerie strange metal.

This one is for fans of Circus of Dead Squirrels, Avatar, Finland

An now for something completely different…

Umphrey’s McGee – Bonnaroo 2012

I haven’t been able to stop listening to this band since I came across this performance on YouTube’s coverage of Bonnaroo. For those unfamiliar with Umphrey’s McGee, here’s a little introduction. In studio, the band is a cool prog rock band, but on stage they are unbelievable as the weave in and out of their second identity as a jam band. The band fancys themselves as “Improg,” which is both corny and dead on.

From the material of their that I have explored thus far, The Bonnaroo set is the best introduction to this band. It is a bit of an undertaking for an first taste (3.5 hours of live music), but it’s totally worth every second of it. The band presents their most metal offerings in “Wizard Burial Ground” and “Miss Tinkle’s Overture” (which blended a cover of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” in the middle of it), and they also bring the funk with “Bright Lights” and “Ringo.” While it’s not all headbanging and guitar wanking, the diversity should keep your interested.

(older version of Wizard)

This one is for fans of Dream Theater, Phish, and Jam Bands that don’t always resort to playing reggae.

Buy this concert and just about everything of theirs here!

Thanks for reading and listen for me this fall on

Like Far Beyond Metal on Facebook

_Daniel Cordova


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: