Following on from my previous journal, Five great unknown bands
, I throught I would share a further five outstanding, but relatively unknown, Last.fm bands.Dead EmpireUK-based rock outfit
I hate this band with a fiery vengeance. Not because of the music, because it is outstanding, but because their drummer is brilliant, and I was hoping to poach him for my own band. There is little hope of that judgin by the quality of their output on their debut self-titled EP. This is driving rock all the way through, with an excellent vocal delivery and original, refreshing guitars.
I guess they sound similar to Pearl Jam
, Foo Fighters
, but you have to hear them to really classify them. Outstanding track is Breakout
but the whole EP is quality.MantismHard rocking metal from Iran
This Iranian band has only put up one track, the excellent Grudge
, but if that is anything to go by, further songs will be as good. They play a very thrashy style of hard rock, which somehow reminds me of Lamb of God
at times, but the vocals are quite different.
For fans of Metallica
, Dark Tranquility
or Arch Enemy
.MisantroperHarsh atmospheric Black Metal from the UK
above, this UK due has only one track to its name. But when that track is the obliterating Black Metal assault of Swarms
, who am I to complain.
This is very, very promising Black Metal, and recommended for anyone who likes a little aural devastation in the morning. If I had to pick a sound-a-like, it would be Deathspell Omega
, but these guys are pretty original and have mastered a sound of their own.DodenrijkA slab of Black Metal from the Nethelands
More black metal for you, but you will have to trek all the way out to their MySpace
to hear it. These guys sounded very death-y to me when I first heard them a few months ago, but now seem to have completely embraced the blackness. A young band, and one to keep an eye on.ArivmiaThese guys will be HUGE
I frequently wondered what it must have been like in 1968, 1969, going into bars and clubs and dives and checking out bands, and to see Led Zeppelin
perform for the first time. To watch an outstanding band take its first steps towards superstardom, cranking out fledgling songs that will one day become classics of the genre. I found out when I caught Arivmia live by accident.
These guys are a briliant, polished and talented hard rock outfit, with an excellent frontman and a bona-fide guitar wizard in their ranks. The drumming is brilliant, the bass is solid and the songwriting is mature and developed.
These guys will be HUGE
, and you can tell everyone you were into them before they got famous. Debut EP, End Of The Line
, is packed solid with brilliant rock tracks. It is hard to choose my favourite, but Dragged Below
is very good. Check these guys out.
That's it for this edition. Be sure to check out the new tracks posted by Mauler
(both from the previous edition) in case the moore rock-oriented nature of this journal has not proven to be extreme enough for you. Both bands presented with some outstanding new material that shows a progression in style, ability and general blackened brilliance.
Until next time.