We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.
The topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we are excited to continue this ongoing series with an entry written by Tyrants Blood’s Marco Banco.
Auroch is a group that has schooled themselves on early 90’s death metal and graduated with high marks. Well mastered riffs and songs,with a nice touch of interesting technical elements without over-indulgent wankery.
Lyrically the group’s Lovecraft theme sets them apart in their brutal death metal style-Intense dual riffing passages with well sustained tempo changes and transitions, haunting intros and overall great musicianship.
Auroch are part of a refreshing breed of younger bands. Their heavy early 90’s foundation has done a great deal in their overall song writing skill. The approach focuses on the songs structure without sounding too much like its musical ancestry,but with unique formulation and a fresh perspective.
I look forward to what they have in store for the next release.
Centurion (not to be confused with the former death grind Centurion that also hailed from Poland) have been around since 2001. Since then they have released a full length album and a few demos, but it’s their latest, Serve No One, that has really caught my attention.
Serve No One is brutal, relentless, devastating death metal. Serving up ferocious songs like “Total Terror” with its massive riffs and extremely fast drumming. Or “Gateways to Condemnation” with it’s vicious and brutal assault and a real quality in the riffs and arrangements.
Centurion are certainly an above average brutal death metal outfit and I would recommend them to every death metal maniac.
Finland death metal is back doing exactly as it should: bringing originality and quality with their own stamp on what is defining in the genre. With three members of Cryptborn, they present their debut full length release Coils of the Black Earth with Dark Descent Records.
The style of Maveth is a terrifying unsettling sense. They own a gritty, vicious guitar tone, that reminds me a bit of the old Swedish death metal style, with a bit of Incantation and Abhorrence feel for good measure.
Maveth’s black edge, with it’s seemingly urgent and relentless drumming,gives them a crushing intensity and an almost choking atmosphere in their performance. Seek this band out, they are a fantastic group, putting an original complexion on an over saturated style.