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A QUICK LOOK AT THE BANDS I DON’T REALLY KNOW FROM THE NEMHF 3RD STAGE

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Have you heard the good news, brother? The New England Metal and Hardcore Fest has added a third stage for younger bands with whom concert goers might be less familiar.

Looking over the list, I already know  one terrible band that will be on this stage (Oceano) and two excellent bands that will be on this stage (Brother Von Doom and The Destro), but there are a lot of names here I’m not familiar with. Thus, I am now going to listen to some of those bands via various channels (really just one channel – MySpace) and make some snap judgements. So, in no particular order:

WE WERE GENTLEMEN

Some questions: Why are these dudes all wearing white shirts and black pants? Do you think it’s possible Hatebreed is really to blame for all deathcore? And…


…haven’t I seen the concept for this video somewhere before?

See, now, in that video, you don’t know the chick is bad news until the end, which is a nice little twist. The We Were Gents video tries to create tension through the use of dramatic irony, but does so to poor effect, mostly because it pretty much just devolves into Saw XIII.

SURROUNDED BY TEETH

Holy shit. What is this? It’s like old, good Norma Jean on steroids on speed on cocaine. I don’t know if I think that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Here’s what I do know: it looks like they really bring it when playing some basement for ten people. And I seriously, sincerely mean that as a compliment.

PICTURES OF WINTER

No one ever speak to me  of this band again. Jesus, it’s like having sandpaper rubbed against my ears.

HALFHEARTED COMEBACK

“This will not be quick for you.” Yeah, no shit.

MORDISK

This isn’t terrible, actually. It isn’t the most original thing I’ve ever heard, but by comparison to Pictures of Winter, it’s fucking Master of Puppets. I’m really digging this song “Ataxia.” I could see this band making a good album if they ever get signed.

CONQUEROR

If you’re looking for the next great hardcore band… this isn’t it.

SHROUD OF BEREAVEMENT

Everything you need to know about this band is in these photos:

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WITHIN THE RUINS

There’s a reason this is one of the few signed bands on this roster.

THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE

Are those seriously my only choices?

STRAY FROM THE PATH

There’s a few parts of some of these songs that I think are kinda cool, but mostly, not so much.

SOLDIERS

No thank you.

BLACK TEETH

Nope.

CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE

Hey there! Not too shabby! Black Dahlia Murder fans will dig this band. I must investigate further…

BROADCAST THE NIGHTMARE

I like this more than I probably ought to.

AUTUMN BLACK

See entry for Broadcast the Nightmare. The auto-tuned clean vox gots to go, though.

FOR TODAY

‘Cause they certainly won’t be around tomorrow.

In conclusion: don’t forget to check out Brother Von Doom and The Destro!

-AR

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