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Independent metal and supporting the underground has always been a core pillar of Super Metal World. The first installment of IMR has arrived. Let’s check out 14 excellent tracks from some bands that deserve your attention.
“Bite of a Parasite” by GraveRipper
GraveRipper is “blackened, deathened, thrashened, drunkened, Indiana metal.” The high speed quartet is from Indianapolis and provides aggression with their raw sounds. “Bite of the Parasite” is part of their three song EP Complete Blinding Darkness.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3938281917 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=99080883]
“The Fast One” by Boltzmann Brain
Boltzmann Brain is a traditional heavy metal band with sci-fi inspiration from the California coast. Included on instrumentals is Jonathan Lynch of “Riffs or GTFO.” “The Fast One” is a great example of independent music in the heart of The New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal.
“Apparition” by Lararium
Lararium is a progressive metal band from Springfield, Missouri. Their track, “Apparition,” is a supreme example of how far independent bands can take production and sound.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1994842994 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=896988795]
“Maple Crunch” by Gorilla Wizard
It’s common knowledge that every human on planet Earth loves magic, death metal, primates, and breakfast cereal. “Maple Crunch” by New York City death metal outfit, Gorilla Wizard, is track that finally takes all four elements and melts our faces with it.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=145563059 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=2810780385]
“Depths (feat. Sam Mooradian)” by Boneweaver
Boneweaver, a solo project by Tristan Feilla, is a project that “surrounds powerful instrumentation with contemplative sections of nuanced atmosphere, evoking imagery of yawning gulfs and breathtaking vistas.” Sam Mooradian is featured on the track for a guest guitar solo.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3941636301 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=54750617]
“Left Face Down” by From the Grave
From the Grave is a Texas based trio of groovy, dirty, psychedelic metalheads. The band gives a very intriguing blend of Pantera inspired southern groove metal and the cosmic doom of Black Sabbath.
“Thermonuclear Holocaust” by Slaughtersword
Slaughtersword is a raw, old school thrash metal band from Sweden. If you enjoy the likes of Slayer and Kreator, Slaughtersword has something for you!
“Obsolete Future” by Halogram
Halogram is an instrumental duo out of Spain. Because the members of Halogram are touring and session musicians, Halogram features dynamic layers not often heard in independent bands.
“Lonely God” by Scarlet Phantom
Scarlet Phantom is a groovy death metal band from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Scarlet Phantom brings heavy, groovy riffs, but provides enough dynamic elements to keep us listening.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=464522016 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=2990125947]
“Scared by a Werewolf” by Crusty Old Toad
Crusty Old Toad is back on IMR with a new single! The instrumentals of “Scared by a Werewolf” are melodic, pretty, and rooted in traditional heavy metal, but don’t let that fool you. The amphibian behind the project, Toaderus Crusticus, lays his black metal inspired vocals over the top.
“Queenly Remains” by Arboreal
Arboreal is a “symphonic death metal act soaked in dark fantasy” from British Columbia. Arboreal’s music is heavily layered resulting an dynamic sounds and a chaotic energy.
Check out Arboreal on Bandcamp!
“And Into Dust” by Jugular
Jugular is a band that is tough to pin down. They have a hardcore and punk energy with the melodic elements of hard rock and traditional heavy metal. The band hails from Canada and the track “And Into Dust” keeps us wanting more![bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3387692567 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=14215987]
“Turning Point” by Chugger
Chugger is a groovy death metal band from Sweden. On first listen you might think this is an American band inspired by the likes of Lamb of God, but dig deeper and you’ll hear iconic Swedish guitar tone and melodic riffs.
“Bow Down” by Gnarlah
Gnarlah is a gritty, dirty hard rock band from Brighton, England. The grind from the bass and dark melody of the guitars make Gnarlah an attractive band for any fan of heavy music.