This is the metal music blog of the Heavy Metal Sasquatch. Thriving in the mosh pit environment, all the Yeti needs for sustenance is metal. I review underground metal, upload shitty pictures from shows I go to, and share wicked new metal bands I find along the way. Read this blog to discover new metal! \mXm/
One of the things I love most about the metal genre is its ability to transcend nationality and cultural borders with amazing success. Historically, the majority of heavy metal bands are pumped out of Europe and North America; but it is important to remember the vast stock of talent that exists outside the mainstream. No matter what country a metal band originates from, the end product always results in bone crushing, face melting, riot inducing, raw power. In my pursuit of all things heavy, I have recently decided to search out some new metal bands from around the world to see what I have been missing; and damn I have missed a lot. While I have discovered dozens of new wicked bands, I want to give an honourable mention to 6 of the best bands I discovered as they are absolutely insane and deserve your immediate attention.
1. Kraptor - Pure old school Thrash Metal from San Cristobal, Venezuela!
For some reason, may it be its raw power and authority or its curious sexual appeal, the beard is a prominent facial feature throughout the metal industry. While they vary drastically in shape, size, and colour, every self respecting metalhead has had or tried to grow an epic metal beard at one point or another. Yet, there is more to these beards than meet the eye; for they draw upon the forces of hell and fury to empower the artists to create metal of extreme proportions. The following is homage to some of the best beards I've seen in my local as well as global metal community. Feel free to leave links to your own beards to add to #TheBeardsOfMetal. Cheers to all my bearded metal brothers! Enjoy! \m/
Tom Araya - Slayer
Kirk Windstein - Crowbar / Down
Scott Ian - Anthrax
John Petrucci - Dream Theater
Chris Adler - Lamb of God, Protest the Hero, Megadeth
Craig Laro - American Hell (ok not a beard I know, but look at this god damn moustache!)
Johan Hegg - Amon Amarth
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott - Pantera
Brent Hinds - Mastadon
Mark Morton - Lamb of God
Zakk Wylde - Black Label Society
Chris Kael - Five Finger Death Punch
Sean Zatorsky - Chimaira
Rob Zombie - White Zombie
Kerry King - Slayer
Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden, Battlezone, Gogmagog
Wayne Static - Static X
Joey Glacken - Wretchedpain
Andy Thomas - Black Crown Initiate
The Heavy Metal Sasquatch & Eddie Hermida - All Shall Perish / Suicide Silence
"Big"James Arsenian & Ryan Miller - ENDAST
Derek Nelson & Nick Pauli - Unscathed
- This list is no where near complete, however feel free to leave comments for who I missed or for pics of your own insane metal beards. I will retweet all tweets sent to @HeavyMetalYetii with the hashtag #TheBeardsOfMetal!
-Cheers to the photographers of the pics above and all of you who are bad-ass enough to sport a brutal beard in the name of Satan! \m/
-Heavy Metal Sasquatch out!
The genre of progressive metal creates many unique metal bands; all with a unique volatile combination of sounds and influences. One band in particular that has peaked the Heavy Metal Sasquatch's interest is Peculate, who has successfully combined an essence of jazz and ambience with very technical grind and death metal. This solo project has been in the works for over a year now and has a variety of material available online, all with varying degrees of intensity. However today marks the release of the bands first official music video for their song "Skinner Box Mortgage". The video presents a very eerie atmosphere, featuring heavily distorted images of captivity and vermin like behaviour. It also shows disturbing segments of seemingly technologically zombified humans and sheds light on its inevitable unfortunate results. The instrumentals for this song are spot on providing brutally technical riffs and intensity all around! Peculate packs one hell of a punch! Check out the video below and prepare yourself!
-Check out the music of Peculate @ youtube.com/user/PeculateMusic and give them a like over on facebook.com/Peculate!
- Overall the video is extremely well done, providing a very creepy feel and a surplus of metaphor to decipher. The instrumentals match the video perfectly providing a progressive synergy of horror and brutally intense metal!
- My Verdict
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4.5/5 - Short but Sinister!