Metal On Metal – Seven to Watch

Heavy Metal.

It’s death has been predicted 1000 times. It was the answer in the 80s with bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer pulling in huge crowds, selling out stadiums and world tours. Some of them are still at it along with Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, but the pulse of metal has gone back underground.

The metal scene right now is quite vibrant and there are so many genres and sub-genres now it’s difficult to keep up. Hell, Metallica just put out their best record in 25 years and there are bands that have reopened the mainstream door a little; Baroness, Ghost, Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb of God, and Mastodon have all probably sold enough records to make a decent living.

But if you’re like me and always looking for where the heart really beats, if you dig deep enough it’s there. Here are a few things on the radar.

RANGER
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Finland’s Ranger aren’t new, they’ve been around since 2008.  Early Slayer and Germany’s legendary Destruction are apt comparisons here. Great stuff.

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Rotör

Again from Finland, Rotör, sing in Finnish, but it doesn’t matter. Wicked riffs and punked out choruses put this high on my list. They are a mysterious band though, no website or Facebook.

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Satan’s Satyrs
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Freak metal! Satan’s Satyrs from Herndon, Virginia are amazingly weird, and turn another page on the Sabbath doom vibe to come up with something truly original.


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Summerlands
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Philadelphia’s Summerlands score huge points on so many levels. The riffs on this record alone are worth every dollar. Add to that skilled song craft and amazing production and this is more than just a solid debut.

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Eternal Champion
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Eternal Champion from Austin, Texas take the epic high fantasy road with their latest – The Armor of Ire. Swords, sorcery, demons, it’s all here.

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My world changed when thrash metal crossed over with punk in the mid-80s. DRI, The Accused, Crumbsuckers, Corrosion of Conformity were game changers in my musical world. The guys in Iron Reagan and Crystal Mess have been around long enough to be influenced by these bands but not simply copy them.

Iron Reagan
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A Dying World is from Iron Reagan’s forthcoming LP Crossover Ministry out in February 2017 and it kicks ass like a Nuclear Assault (get it?)

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Crystal Mess
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Crystal Mess are from Calgary, Alberta but you’d swear they were roaming the streets of New York City along with Agnostic Front and The Crumbsuckers. This is wicked, nasty crossover hardcore. Yee Haw!

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Stephen

Domestic now, but spent early to late 80s playing drums in a hair metal band in Toronto. Since then I've lost the hair and have found new ways to scratch the rock and roll itch.

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