Entering the Underground #13: Hexorcist Summons “Evil Reaping Death”

Florida has a long history with death metal of all sorts. Both the most primordial sounds and more musically developed ones thrived through the ‘80s and ‘90s, particularly in Tampa but to some extent across the whole state. Unfortunately, that largely stopped after the ‘90s, but even if the scene is a shadow of what once was, Florida still has cool bands.

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“The Appearing”: Karloff’s Bloody, Blackened Punk is Here to Haunt (Early Album Stream)

One of the most satisfying and simple sounds in the realm of punk and metal is the intersection of black metal, speed metal, and punk. Venom did it first and best all the way back with Welcome to Hell in 1981, but a variety of sonic territories still remain to be explored without straying too far from those earliest British roots. Midnight takes the same sound as Venom and throws in even more sleaze and heavy metal melodies, Barbatos do it with a heavy influx of dirty thrash, Nekrofilth add in death metal, and Karloff take it all the way back to the hardcore side of the mix, drawing on easy to play but hard to master punk chords to the point that, as of now, they aren’t even on the Metal Archives.

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Entering the Underground #12: Obsolete’s High Speed Death/Thrash Will Never Die Out

As with many of the bands I cover in this column, Obsolete play a sort of music that’s both regressive with roots in the ‘80s and ‘90s but that’s very much out of fashion. In this case, they play a rarified sort of technical death/thrash that calls back to the old greats – Atheist, Cynic, Death, and their ilk – without unnecessarily repeating what any of those bands already accomplished. Obsolete’s debut album, Animate//Isolate, is immediately ear-catching from the first riff because the onslaught of technical, big-bass songwriting is just so damn unusual these days; most genuinely accomplished death metal musicians that want to play something in that direction lean more towards the Necrophagist school of death, and guys that are worshipping an earlier time are largely playing much simpler music.

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“Bursting Church”: Stress Angel’s Violence Boils Over (Early Album Stream)

The unhinged and unbound have always been a part of metal, slinking in the shadows behind the mainstream to maintain their uncompromising vision of armageddon at all costs. In 1980 it was Venom. In 1987 it was Sadistik Exekution. Today Stress Angel carry on a storied history of maniac butchery with their brand of frantic, all-chains-broken thrashing death metal. Twisted riffs tear through a bloody sky, and ferocity is favored at all times in order to maintain an atmosphere of flames and death at all times.
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Wheel’s Classic, Potent Doom Has Been “Preserved in Time” (Interview)

Born in Germany around fifteen years ago as “Ethereal Sleep,” Wheel has been bringing doom and gloom to the world through several minor trends in the genre and have lived to see both the genre’s lowest and highest points in popularity. Across that decade and a half they have put out three albums, with the most recent being Preserved in Time from earlier this year.

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Wizard Doom: Olórin Plummets “Through Shadow and Flame” (Early Album Stream)

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of doom is “slow:” Moving slowly, writing slowly, songs with dragging tempos, and so on. Hailing from Illinois, Olórin exemplify this and are to some extent the antithesis of their doomy labelmates Purification from Portland, who have rapidly put out three albums since forming in 2018 and already have a fourth coming. Instead Olórin have finally finished their long-awaited first album, Through Shadow and Flame, after existing for more than ten years.

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35 Years of Midnight: Reflecting on Candlemass’s Genre-Defining Classic “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” (Interview with Leif Edling)

Outside of the mighty Black Sabbath, there is no single band more impactful on doom metal than Candlemass, and no album more important than their debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. While they were not the first band to play slow, Black Sabbath-influenced metal, Candlemass perfected it, coining the term for the genre itself in the process.

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Entering the Underground #10: White Magician’s Mesmerizing Heavy Metal

White Magician is undoubtedly one of the most special and interesting active bands in the blurry sphere that includes both hard-rocking heavy metal and metallic hard rock. Regressive almost to a fault, the band offers insight into an alternate timeline in which bands like UFO or Blue Öyster Cult happily swapped ideas with Mercyful Fate and Angel Witch, and in which being smooth and groovy was as cool as being evil.
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Heavy Metal Everlasting: An Interview with Howie Bentley of Cauldron Born and Briton Rites

As we talked about with Mike Scalzi the other week, the 1990s were a low point in the history of heavy metal. It was nearly dead, with only isolated bands still playing it in the United States, most of them unaware of anyone else doing it. One of the most-decimated styles was the musically impressive and instrumentally complex side of United States Power Metal (for more info, see this great guide written by a good friend), which crested in the 1980s with bands like Helstar, Apocrypha, and Fates Warning and then died soon thereafter. Another was the rocking, ancient doom pioneered by bands like Witchfinder General in England, which was soon to be supplanted by years of development in the genre that didn’t always leave room for the old greats that toed the line between rollicking heavy metal and early Black Sabbath.

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