Unsigned and Unholy



Burn Everything

Must… listen… to… everything… to… find… the… diamonds… in… the… rough! It’s exhausting but ultimately worth it. These unsigned bands made me raise an eyebrow recently:

  • Burn Everything: Progressive post-hardcore? Dillinger / Burnt By the Sun-esque mathcore? Some other ultimately meaningless label? Beats me… how about just “good”? Burn Everything even introduce elements like elephants marching riffs, Morbid Angel pick scrapes and relentless double-bass pounding you don’t normally hear from bands that fall on the more hardcore side of the spectrum. A true melding of hardcore and metal that isn’t — gasp — “metalcore.” These guys get my vote for sure. Download their album Last Run Through the Ruins for free at Bandcamp.
  • MaelstroM: Odin knows that pagan/folk/viking/whatever metal has fallen out of favor since it momentarily exploded onto the scene in 2008-2009, but every so often a band in that micro-genre comes along that piques our interest. Long Island crew MaelstroM have some of the trademarks of that genre — vocals that occasionally soar, fantasy-themed artwork, keyboards — but theirs is a brand that’s distinctly thrashier and a whole lot less cheesy than most of what we hear. Great guitar work, too. Check out their 2008 EP It Was Predestined on Bandcamp, also available for free download.
  • Bloodworm: I’ve never heard of this band’s label, Wartime Records, whose official site says they launched in 2010… so I’m calling a mulligan here on “Unsigned” status. Signed or not, Bloodworm rip; part Refused, part something way more true hardcore, part Gojira / elephants marching. Dig it here.
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