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Kuranes Trevor
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:02 pm 
 

Hah, I know two nobodies that are better than basically any hyped band. I'll share them with you, cause it's not easy finding bands as good as these: Strychnos and Deus Otiosus. Those are the only really good tips I've got that nobody knows about.

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bodomlord
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:43 pm 
 

I'm gonna add Velnias to this thread. They are a blackened golk doom band from Illinois. They only have two albums out, and both of them are epic. Definitely for fans of Agalloch and Drudkh.

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Ancient_Sorrow
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:34 pm 
 

I'm going to recommend Thrall now - extremely misanthropic and extinction-preaching Tasmanian black-metal with jarring, dirge like wails and groaning chords in their slower sections, and some black n' roll leanings in the faster parts. There music is tense, cold and unforgiving, with some really tangible foreboding and venomous hatred laid bare to see. They're quite unlike any other black-metal I listen to, but at the same time seem to fit the genre really well.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:59 pm 
 

Peroy wrote:
ShreddedHuman wrote:
Am I the only one here who has heard about this Australian band Sorathian Dawn? They play melodic black/death metal in the vein of Dissection and Sacramentum and in my opinion their s/t debut album was one of the best albums to come out in 2012. For some inexplicable reason they are so unknown that I was honestly suprised to find a Youtube link for one of their songs.




Whoa, this is great !


yes it is, gonna have to get this album.

here's another great nobody, powerful, majestic black metal. Drakhian http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbDein0EbIQ
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:03 pm 
 

though they got some "lightspeed start" here in germany, I think Sulphur Aeon
isn't so well known in the rest of the world.
Their debut album "Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide" is a fantastic piece of old school death metal.
Think of old Asphyx, old swe-death and even early Samael (Worship Him era) etc. Coupled with
lyrics often circling around Cthulhu and his Old Ones you maybe get a picture what to expect.
If not, listen here :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:21 pm 
 

bodomlord wrote:
I'm gonna add Velnias to this thread. They are a blackened golk doom band from Illinois. They only have two albums out, and both of them are epic. Definitely for fans of Agalloch and Drudkh.

Excellent band. I think they'll start to get the recognition they deserve. Or at least I hope so. I enjoyed both of their albums immensely.

Actually in the vein of Velnias I would also like to discuss the band Leech. They never put out a proper full-length, having only released demos and a few splits, but I am amazed they never took off. They often get pushed into the whole "Cascadian black metal" tag being from Oregon and playing epic folk-ish black metal. Their music is equal or sometimes even surpasses the quality of the big names associated with this style of metal. I don't know if the band is active or not, but there hasn't been much from them in awhile.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:01 am 
 

Not sure if anyone is familiar with Ghast from the UK. They have a great album called May the Curse Bind, black doom with hypnotic riffs and pained vocals.. I really am surprised they don't get more attention because this album was some seriously great stuff.

Ghast - Give Your Wrists
http://youtu.be/jn1VNs_t7XU

Ghast - Pale Robe
http://youtu.be/fdAx0TtYV6g
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:36 am 
 

ShreddedHuman wrote:
Am I the only one here who has heard about this Australian band Sorathian Dawn? They play melodic black/death metal in the vein of Dissection and Sacramentum and in my opinion their s/t debut album was one of the best albums to come out in 2012. For some inexplicable reason they are so unknown that I was honestly suprised to find a Youtube link for one of their songs.

Spoiler: show


this is what gothenburg would sound like if the pioneers of the style didn't all turn to shit so early on
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Harlequin_Fetus
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:40 pm 
 

Found this grind/hardcore band Purge. Check out their EP:

http://purgepgh.bandcamp.com/album/an-e ... northodoxy

They're all around 17 years old. Good stuff.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:05 pm 
 


For fans of Kentuckian Panopticon, or Alethes. 231 listeners according to Last.Fm

I find these guys to be a little gimmicky or maybe pretentious(I really can't tell...) but Folk Punk fans may like them. It's Appalachian sounding Blue Grass mixed with Planet X Records styled Folk Punk. Oh, and with Black Metal sounding vocals. 149 listeners on Last.Fm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKu-dJjZNec
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slayer85
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:38 pm 
 

HeySharpshooter wrote:
One of my favorite "obscure" bands are also one of the bands I am shocked are still "obscure" in the first place... the mighty Putrevore.

I mean the band features two of the most well known guys in Death Metal in Rogga and Dave Rotten, and last year released one of the finest Death Metal albums of the decade in Macabre Kingdom, not to mentioned, IMHO, the best worship Death Metal album of all time with Morphed From Deadbreath. worshiping the legendary Rottrevore:

From Macabre Kingdom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJIhXN42pIA

From Morphed From Deadbreath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2ho8aLAWuQ

I could post a lot more, but this isnt the rec board and I don't want to just post a shit ton of recs. Most of them I can understand why they are obscure and didn't or are not really taking off, but this is the one band I don't understand why they are not causing fanboys to shit themselves. Putrevore destroy 98% of these Old School DM Revival bands, yet they have never taken off.


I havent taken a deep listen to Putrevore. But, I did get a good listen to Rottrevore! Boy are they awesome! Apparently, they have been around since 89'. Then split up 10 years after. And finally reformed in 11'! I will hopefully get a chance to see them live this summer and be able to pic up a few things from them.
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slayer85
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:43 pm 
 

grauer_mausling wrote:
though they got some "lightspeed start" here in germany, I think Sulphur Aeon
isn't so well known in the rest of the world.
Their debut album "Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide" is a fantastic piece of old school death metal.
Think of old Asphyx, old swe-death and even early Samael (Worship Him era) etc. Coupled with
lyrics often circling around Cthulhu and his Old Ones you maybe get a picture what to expect.
If not, listen here :wink:



:hail: I listen to a few songs from them online and was amazed! I heard of this band through a online metal station that has alot of obscure extreme metal played. I wouldnt mind picking up a CD of their latest album.
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IanThrash
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:22 pm 
 

Hey guys! ill put my grain of sand to the thread!

Dark Millenium: I totally worship this band as a lover on Nocturnus, DBC and space/sci fi shit in general, these guys played something in between technical deathrash (yep, in the old Nocturnus way) but with a bit of a black metal twist on the vocals. Awesome stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQufxkc3dic


Cerebral Fix: awesome thrash band with a death metal twist, their album "Tower of Spite" its a complete WIN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8QGmmuGIGw


Caustic: then theres this weird deathrash band, with some Slayer resemblance in the vocals and great riff work!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=957BkqpXRAE


Phantasmagory: awesome technical/progressive death metal, great stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijy9T23tdJ8

Direwolf: if you dig spacey progressive music, guitar wankery and weird black metalness, this is for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_rMCUEvaY4


Spellcaster: if you like speed metal and great vols (seriously the vocals are the greatest shit on this record) heres an awesome band
i loved their debut album, not sure if they have done something eversince, anyway, check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18SGOpUTH2Y

Sorcier des Glaces, some of the best black metal ive heard in a loooong while, awesome stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjSzf5nR3K8

Svafnir, german folkpagan black metal of the highest quality, the acustic sections are killer!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rz1SQdjek


Odz Manouk, relentless black metal, not completely raw but intense and dark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDpp86ae ... fE-_-qvD4w
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Claustrophiliac
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:55 pm 
 

Dawning was an old black/doom band from the bay area that featured Bud from Exhumed and a few guys from Pale Existence (another pretty unknown band). These tracks were uploaded a few years ago on a thread on another board, and still I haven't seen any of it pop on youtube/blogs/re-issue or anything. The description from the oriignal post:

"Expect a mix of Thergothon styled funeral doom, epic ambient melodic lush keyboards like Summoning meets Raison d'Etre, terrible but interesting drumming, whispery high pitched raspy vocals as though a teenage Ihsahn joined Beherit, And a bunch of swingin' groovy bass lines inspired by Sleep (though the Sleep influence is only present on the live material). Note the occult lyrical themes referencing "the massive wolf", Neptune, Twin Peaks, and He-Man."

Dawning - demo 1
Demo track 1
Demo track 2

Dawning - Live on KFJC April 17 1996
KFJC track 1
KFJC Track 2
KFJC Track 3
KFJC Track 4
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ShreddedHuman
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:17 pm 
 

As my post regarding Sorathian Dawn got so much positive feedback, I'm going to introduce a few more bands that are absolutely brilliant in my opinion but nobody else has ever heard about. Please tell me what you think about these bands.

The first band is Hetroertzen, an obscure raw black metal act from Chile. Their later output is nothing special really, but their debut album is an absolute killer.




The second band is From Oblivion, a death metal band from Costa Rica. They have brutal death metal style vocals, but the music itself is very melodic. They have a very unique sound, since I can't think of any other bands that sound similar. The best thing about this band is the vocalist as he has one of the most unique voices in death metal.




The last but not least is a Polish death metal / death n' roll band called The Dead Goats (yes, I know. Probably the stupidest band name in existence). The band is very unoriginal because all they do is rip off Entombed and Dismember, but they do it extremely well.


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Poisonfume
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:53 pm 
 

Sulphur Aeon is terrific.
If anyone is thinking twice about buying the CD, let it be known that the last track is an excellent cover of the Zombi 2 theme.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:37 pm 
 

grauer_mausling wrote:
Sulphur Aeon

pff holy fok! ACE!
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slavonic777
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:38 am 
 

I am back with one more post.

Super filthy black/death metal, no full-lenght so far but this band is young and constantly improving and I like their last demo VERY much.


From the same waters, only less black, more death. Very solid demo and EP.


It's known that there are some great grindcore bands in Australia but I have a feeling that not many people are familiar with this one.

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Messiah_X
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:59 pm 
 

I'll add some traditional metal to the mix here, there are a lot of lost gems in metal history.

Sifon (Cz): Here we have a Czech metal band who never really made it outside of their home country. They have been around for a long time (since the late 70's) but did not release their debut album until 1990. That debut is a real monster of an album, complete with sweeping melodies, great choruses, and powerful vocals. All lyrics are in Czech, which may explain the poor appeal outside of the Czech Republic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeqiMihFR5Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7d8TJA-T9w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUa5vKVCahc

Courage (Ger): Courage were a German heavy metal band who only released one EP in 1986. This EP was unique in that it was much more reminiscent of NWOBHM or Swedish heavy metal than most of the bands their fellow countrymen were playing in at the time. They are a lighter band who managed to create quite an epic sound on their single release, Gold and Ivory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRJ8ELvyJCQ

Unicorn (Ger): Another "un-German" German band with quite the epic sound. This one is heavier than Courage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DpYBVdHyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja4ziIXgnRs

Hellen (Jap): Hellen is probably the most well known band on Japan's Mandrake Root record label, however they've never really been a hugely noteworthy band. They have a unique sound with great use of synth and some killer melodies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMX810KRBc0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ecVQvNC720

Mirage (Den): Mirage was a Danish heavy metal band from the same city as Randy, another "nobody" who I won't include here because they've recently become very popular due to their work being repressed and well distributed. Mirage is somewhat similar in style to Randy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhdoIJ3Ev_I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQoyTg0Jlk8

Solar Eagle (Can): Solar Eagle was a Canadian band with a very unique approach to heavy metal. They are hard to pigeonhole into one genre. They use a lot of progressive elements as well as power and speed metal. The vocals are probably what stand out the most here, there really isn't anything else like them. Their material is unfortunately very rare and due to cult status on the internet, sells for upwards of $1000.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xdVShtnKTU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EksMR8pqEc

Hurd (Mon): Hurd is a bit of an interesting case. They may be the only Mongolian metal band (the only one I know of anyway) that isn't playing some type of "core" shit. They started out playing some pretty epic power/speed metal. Over the years they have devolved into more of a rock band with a lot of ballads and lighter songs. A few of their more recent albums have brought back a bit of their early metal edge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meyqgPudjOE

(the other songs I'm searching for are hard to find because of the Cyrillic characters)

Exodo (Esp): Exodo was a great overlooked power metal band from Spain. One of my favorite Spanish bands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwqvpI3--_c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IErAPQP0_ac

That's enough for now, maybe I'll post more later

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:16 pm 
 

I would have to add Phantasm, an old school death metal act from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in the early 90's. They played long, leisurely paced compositions that emphasized texture and atmosphere over direct aggression. They also distinguished themselves from their peers by following a narrative structure in their songs, with the vocalist telling a (typically horror themed) story over the music. This is their one, to my knowledge, full length album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f6ilCfaGfc

Also, perhaps not an obscurity but certainly not well known is Order From Chaos from Kansas City, Missouri, USA during the same time period. They played a very knotty, intricate and off kilter brand of death-thrash and were the forerunners of Angelcorpse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=e ... FJfUs&NR=1

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:58 am 
 

Funcunt: very odd old school tech death from Finland. This was really something else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W98Le5z3KHo
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lord_ghengis
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:54 am 
 

Love me some funcunt, great, weird stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:38 pm 
 

I'll add HMKids to the thread. They are mainly Death/Thrash (I also think there are Power influences as well) from Russia, and are all about Warhammer 40k. I added them into the band sponsored downloads thread as well, but they are not yet on the archives. Here's some songs of theirs.





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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:03 pm 
 

I posted this band at the beginning of this thread, but they just posted a video of their first live performance. It's got decent sound for being unprofessionally recorded and the song sounds pretty awesome. Check it out

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:47 am 
 

Rivendell, a band from austria that kind of reminds me of a folkier summoning (lyrics similarly revolve around lord of the rings), though not quite as good and with even less overtly black metal overtones: the folk elements pretty much dominate the sound here, with the guitar giving sustained long chords as a backbone. Vocals ammount to a grounded, bassy rasp when not singing in stoic, distant choirs. Still interesting stuff with a knack for atmosphere:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN-U6s5Oz60
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OMyqPjzEZw

You wouldn't expect a christian viking metal band to be any good, but arvinger are:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCXsfQdu9qA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juk8IVRv_-A

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:17 am 
 

Awesome thread idea! not sure if anyone has mentioned Demented Ted! but they are an underground death metal band, quality stuff, not sure what ever happened to them, I remember scoring there album in a bargain bin in a metal shop
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:35 pm 
 

This is a band that seemed to have gone about as unnoticed as can be - Detachment.

There's not too many metalheads around here, so when someone showed me this album back in the early 2000's I was pretty blown away. This is a progressive death metal band with some cleans, and significant keyboards. I remember seeing a couple of reviews like this:

http://www.chroniclesofchaos.com/review ... stone.aspx

...and then all of a sudden, they disappeared after one album. It is interesting that their status has been updated to 'active' on MA.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:49 pm 
 

I'll add another band that I honestly don't think I've ever heard anyone but myself talk about before, Evroklidon. They only released one CD bacl in '05 but damn is it good. They play 'black' metal and do it very well I might add and the best part for me is the singer, hes got some great out there shreiks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LC4U8QZN1Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gII3Ah-HwlE
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:38 pm 
 

slavonic777 wrote:
I am back with one more post.

Super filthy black/death metal, no full-lenght so far but this band is young and constantly improving and I like their last demo VERY much.


From the same waters, only less black, more death. Very solid demo and EP.


These were both fucking awesome, and I will be buying them when I can. Great stuff!

I have another couple:



Coffin Lust. This is another side project of the main man behind Impious Baptism/Nocturnal Graves, and is some great, solid death metal. Very heavy stripped back murkiness.



Ensnared. Great demo from a killer Swedish DM outfit. Look forward to a full length...



Har Shatan. Naturally if you find raw black metal to be redundant in this day and age, then this is not for you at all. Those who still enjoy traditional (I guess) black metal, then give this underrated, in my opinion, German band a listen. Influences are worn in plain sight on their black sleeves, which I don't care about due to the great song writing. All of this bands material is worth hunting down I believe.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:39 pm 
 

Eldritch is a criminally underrated Bay-Area styled thrash band from Japan. I can't believe more people do not know about them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2KBKG0QoA0

Another one I view as very underrated is Gargoyle. Yes, that one Crick goes on about. They really are amazing, and have a near flawless (In my opinion) discography. All sorts of cool songs to listen to, and Kiba is a vocalist with no comparision.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6lv7lpI4S8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa7Z1oIyBKw
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:01 pm 
 

My favourites have to be black cilice, karoth azul, mons veneris, and zagévatre are real good. Don't know if anyones heard of all these bands. Pretty rare shit.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:41 pm 
 

Organism were a peculiar tech death band. Quite ahead of its time for 1994.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBI3Zfs8dDQ
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:14 am 
 

Never heard Organism; sounds like great stuff, lurching/angular but also thoroughly death metal where a lot of similar acts of the time had strong grindcore influence. Funcunt you mentioned fits into the grindier style, but they're definitely another quality weirdo Finnish death metal band. In a similar vein to the latter, are you a fan of Nomicon or Rectum? Both also early Finnish tech-death bands, the former being very hyper and proto-mathcore-esque at portions, the latter surprisingly melodic and tight. Finland seemed to have a strong tech-death scene in the very early 90's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i0RhECiMdQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sNNnyprcs8

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:07 am 
 

I have tons, but I'll try not to take up too much room here.

This 2011 demo by Hermodr [Sweden] may be the one of the best depressive black metal tapes ever released. Proud owner. All DSBM fans should at least hear it once.

The most obscure band I actively listen to is one I don't recall having ever discussed with anyone who's actually heard them. That band is/were a symphonic black metal band called Snörkel. You can only find a few of their songs online - low-quality mp3s on their myspace, or better quality BUT volume-jumping Youtube uploads. They were on a label, did an EP and 2 albums, but are impossible to find beyond those songs.

http://www.myspace.com/thetruesnorkel

All southern metal fans should know Blüe Barrel. Don't be fooled/thrown off by their location. Great vocalist too.

Not a huge death metaller, but there are 3 modern bands playing the oldschool style that I've not seen discussed by more than a handful of people.

1) Entrails, an old Swedeath band that were never happy with their demos and gave it up until reforming in the mid-2000s. Very oldschool sound and yet the solos are rather Gothenburgy. It works though, I promise.

Entrails - Undead

2) Ataraxy, from Spain. Just superb songwriting, production and gutturals.

Ataraxy - Ominous Putrified Ground

3) Venenum, from Germany. Again, their quality simply comes down to songwriting ability, atmosphere, etc.. They have it all in spades.

Venenum - Crown of Reversion

In black metal, I figure it's a shame that Bethel never did more than 1 demo. There was even an interview discussing future work right before they split. One of the best BM demos of 1997.

Bethel - Triumph for the Lost Azure

In modern black metal, I was highly impressed by the 2009 EP by the very obscure Slavigrom.

Slavigrom - Vízie O Konci

Also, waaay more pagan metal fans should know Drygva. Too many of the modern bands don't balance the epicness with headbangability, but this band has just the right balance. Folk/death/black. They make it work. Windir fans may want to take note of this band.

Drygva - Path of Volkhves

Another old one - Painful Memories, a death/doom band that released a demo in 1996 (re-issued as a full-length in 2006) and split up. Memorial to Suffering is one of my all-time favorite death/doom albums and the title track is one of my favorite songs ever.

Painful Memories - Memorial to Suffering
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:27 am 
 

Venenum, Ataraxy and Entrails get a lot of love around here, though it tends to be low key, and all three are great DM bands.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:46 am 
 

CrushedRevelation wrote:
Venenum, Ataraxy ... get a lot of love around here

Just listened to both in one day a few days ago!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:03 pm 
 

I'll weigh in. I've been a big fan of a an obscure nobody group called Kraken who were part of the NWOBHM. I know almost nothing about them except what is discussed on their band page. They only have 7 songs over 2 very low quality recordings, but the songs themselves, particularly on the EP are great. The best one, is an excellently titled track called The Winged Bulls of Ninveh.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:13 pm 
 

Pale_Pilgrim wrote:
Also, waaay more pagan metal fans should know Drygva. Too many of the modern bands don't balance the epicness with headbangability, but this band has just the right balance. Folk/death/black. They make it work. Windir fans may want to take note of this band.

Drygva - Path of Volkhves


I would disagree, way too much underground folk metal bands imo better than them, and as much if not more unknown. Just from Belarus - Molot, Kamaedzitca, Piarevaracien, Apraxia, Gods Tower (although the last two have established a somehow cult status among small fanbase) all make Drygva (and Znich) fall behind. Not to mention rest of eastern Europe and Baltic countries.

I know many people would still dislike folk metal by default, but I still think it has mostly a bad name because of bad bands getting promotion from big labels - Korpiklaani, Thurisas, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Alestorm, especially the beer-troll trend created some of metal's worst abominations that seriously makes Limp Bizkit look acceptable and serious.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:03 pm 
 

vengefulgoat wrote:
the beer-troll trend created some of metal's worst abominations that seriously makes Limp Bizkit look acceptable and serious.

I'll definitely take beer-troll over bad-troll.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:14 pm 
 

ZOM & Tengger Cavalry were already mentioned? Nice!

Well the first band that comes to mind when talking about "obscure" bands would have to be the absolute ripping (death) Devastation. If you looked up "Death/Thrash" in the dictionary a picture of the band is likely there. Early death with a healthy dose of thrash riffage.




And just for shits I will mention a local band, Savage Streets. More overtly death metal, but still have a healthy amount of thrash in their sound, their first (and so far only) album is titled FILTH/ROT/WAR , and they certainly sound filthy, rotten and warlike.




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