Sorry to not go along with the flow, but last weekend, I attended Raleigh DeathFest, and for the first time since then, I've got a few minutes to list out some badass new music for you people! All of these bands are from various parts of North Carolina, with the exception of Richmond, VA's Deathcrown. Descriptions occasionally gratuitously stolen from RDF's Facebook event page:
Lumberton, NC's BloodForce play some sickass thrash- and power-influenced death metal and cracked open the day at 4:30PM.
"Gates of Endor is a new Raleigh death metal band of the old school variety, blackened with elements of thrash ripping through their crushing sound." Definitely super young, but they were tight and locked in on stage, and a real pleasure to watch.
Apex, NC's Outliar play some awesome melodic thrash/death metal combo similar in vein to, say, Testament, Death Angel, Pantera, etc. They were absolutely amazing live and poured a ton of energy out onstage!
"Raleigh, NC's Noctomb brings their hazy, insanely heavy version of metal to the bill. These guys are always extremely tight and will crush your skull with the weight of their riffage." As an added note, these guys were probably my favorite on the ticket. There's definitely a lot of stoner metal in here, but I find it more enjoyable than much of that genre :-D
"Deathcrown also hails from the metal hotbed of Richmond, VA and are decidedly unrelenting and punishing old school death metal with modern sensibilites that keep them sounding fresh. They've ventured to Raleigh a few times and have created their own buzz based on some pretty powerful performances definitely a "can't miss" part of this bill, make sure to get a beer before they go on." I actually wound up missing these guys while we at dinner at a nearby foodtruck, so listening to their Bandcamp is pretty awesome!
Raleigh, NC's own Suppressive Fire play some amazing extreme thrash metal and are headed up by some seriously cool dudes. Their lead singer is absolutely insane, flipping all the fuck over the place, but they never once lost the beat. Also, the donated all sales and proceeds from their day to local metal guitarist, producer, sound tech, and all-around nice dude, Greg Klaiber, who has unfortunately been diagnosed with a pretty serious case of cancer :(
The return of Raleigh's one man death metal machine!!! Bloodsoaked concentrates on purely oldschool, no frills, straight forward, skull crushing Death Metal in the most raw and primitive form! There are no "slam till you can't slam no more breakdowns", no pig squeals, no arpeggios; simply classic Death Metal, nothing more, nothing less." This guy was a fucking monster on-stage, even joined by a second guitarist half his age, he absolutely stole the show--who needs a fucking live bassist or drummer when you just obliterate eardrums??
Raleigh's own Datura are one of my favorite discoveries of the year. Brutal-ass, go-fuck-yourself death metal without a shred of mercy fronted by the insanely talented Kellie Gales, who also happens to be a ludicrously nice person IRL. They'll be cracking open the local Dark Tranquility show in September, and I'm already excited to see 'em again!
"Making their RDF debut this year are Wilmington's Paagtheaan, who certainly lean towards the "black" end of the extreme metal spectrum are nonetheless powerful and captivating in their approach to writing sick, blackened death metal." Another band I really, really wound up liking a lot after hearing them play, I look forward to hearing what's next from these dude's :-D
Rocking some absolutely badass oldschool Lovecraft-inspired death metal, Eldritch Horror closed out the night in absolutely epic fucking fashion! Coincidentally, one of the band members is also the owner of local gaming shop Game Theory, so I have all the more reason to love these dudes.