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.

Read the full article at Invisible Oranges:
https://www.invisibleoranges.com/entering-the-underground-12-obsolete/

“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.
Read the full interview at Invisible Oranges:
https://www.invisibleoranges.com/stress-angel-bursting-church/

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.

Read the full interview at Invisible Oranges:
https://www.invisibleoranges.com/wheel-interview/

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.

Read the full article at Invisible Oranges: https://www.invisibleoranges.com/olorin-premiere/

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.

Read the full article at Invisible Oranges: https://www.invisibleoranges.com/candlemass-epicus-doomicus-metallicus-35/

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.
Read the full article at Invisible Oranges:
https://www.invisibleoranges.com/entering-the-underground-10-white-magician/

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.

Read the full feature at Invisible Oranges below:
https://www.invisibleoranges.com/howie-bentley-interview/

“Churches Without Saints” and Metal Without End: Desaster’s Black/Thrash Reign Continues (Interview)

It’s a rare band that starts off extreme, gets a chance to keep it going on a big label, and retains the things that made them special in the first place across the years. It’s even less common when you go all the way back to the beginning, to the earliest days of extreme metal; bands went goth, prog, garage rock, groove, djent, or just outright lost their passion as trends came and went around them.

Read the full interview at Invisible Oranges:
https://www.invisibleoranges.com/desaster-interview/

Entering the Underground #9: Blazon Rite Forges Brazen Heavy Metal

Not all paths lead to the same destination. Despite a gamut of bands and a relatively limited span of years as the primary influence for an entire genre, heavy metal has managed to cover an amazing amount of sonic ground, and even albums that on paper tick a lot of the same boxes as less-talented peers can stand out stylistically. Blazon Rite are really proof of this, and manage in a crowded scene to do their own thing without really diverging at all from a core sound rooted in powerful, energetic epic heavy metal.

Read the full article at Invisible Oranges:
https://www.invisibleoranges.com/entering-the-underground-9-blazon-rite/