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Best of the Underground 2015

Well boys and girls, the time has finally come to bust out your finest Tequila and wave goodbye to all the mistakes you made in 2015 as to make room for all the new mistakes you’ll make in 2016. We here at TMF would hate to send you out without some killer tunes to keep the festivities going so we’ve compiled the top 5 bands we covered in 2015. Here’s to you, here’s to one hell of a year, and here’s to the Underground!!

 

#1. PRONOSTIC

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Considering these cat’s were the last to get covered before everyone went on vacation, they made the biggest impact with our staff. Here’s what we had to say…

“Pronostic, have managed to fuse together both technical and progressive Death Metal attitudes with bone chilling tones and magnificent peaks and crevasses resulting in an album that will blood eagle your soul with its intensity, and then place a single rose at your feet as the vultures pick at your rotting carcass.”

Damn.. Maybe we got a little to descriptive with this one? You can check out the full review and check out the band using the links below.

Full Article: HERE

Have a Listen: HERE

#2. DECIMATUS

Coming in at an extremely close second was a band we covered on a guest spot for Metal Temple, Decimatus. It almost hurts putting these Aussie natives any less than second, but hey, this is why we get paid the big bucks, right?

“There is not one weak link in the chain with DECIMATUS. Power, groove, technique, stamina, and the ability to make this journalist smile for an entire album are just a few of the reasons, “Catalyst For Rage”, is my early front runner for album of the year. Now, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, give me the horns and get yourself back in that pit.”

Full Article: HERE

Have a listen: HERE

#3. TORMENTER

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Thrash, Thrash,and just for good measure, some more Thrash. Would you expect anything less out of good ol’ California? This album was a re-realease but one worthy of takin our middle spot in the countdown. Here’s a little taste of why…

“Close your eyes and picture, if you will, Slayer and Exodus having a musical baby. Got it? GREAT! Now imagine Obituary and Ascendancy era Trivium have a musical child of their own. These two babies grow up together, they fall in love with one another, then during a night of sweat whips and passion, the condom breaks. The ensuing serial killer, i mean… baby, with its sweet guitar licks and unstoppable double bass would get you in the ballpark of the absolute madness that is Tormenter.”

Yeah… maybe we should cut back on the visual descriptors just a tad next year…

 

Full Article: HERE

Have a Listen: HERE

#4. DEADPOOL

Coming in fourth, we have probably one of the most highly debated bands that we cover this year. While yes, the name does bear a striking resemblance to an action hero, all the hooplah was over us crowning these guys the new Sepultura. Or maybe it was something about Max Cavalera… Find out for yourself.

“Chris Wolfe delivers a stellar performance using great timing, epic rolls, and down right nasty drum fills that Igor Cavalera himself would tip his hat at.”

 

Full Article: HERE

Have a Listen: HERE

 

#5. Gladius Sky

Finally, rounding out the TOP 5 of 2015 is the brain child of one incredible musical mind. We were taken back by covering the one man project, but then we pressed play and, well, just read this…

“The track compositions were laid out by Revak but Hannes took the design and delivered kickboxer power with ballerina grace. What you will hear truly is beauty in aggression, and power in structure.”

Full Article: HERE

Have a Listen: HERE

 

 

Well, there you have it friend’s. It’s been one hell of a year for music and 2016 promises to be even better. From That Metal Fan to you, we would like to thank every single one of you for following us, supporting us, giving us killer music and a reason to do this in the first place. Have fun bringing in the new year, play something heavy, and for the last time in 2015…

 

KEEP IT METAL,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

 

 

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Pronostic Hit The Red Button with “An Atomic Decision”

The power of the riff has long been understood and respected in the metal community. It can send you into an all out blitz or pull you into a groove abyss the likes of which you may never escape. It seems nowadays however, that band after band are constantly falling into the trap of putting on artistic blinders in an effort to reach some new level of heaviness and creativity and originality seem to have been abandoned all together while us fans are left to wade through the ashes of what could have been. Generic carbon copy garbage may be the new norm but a handful of bands do remain that put actual effort and originality into their work and we’ve sifted through the mud to bring you Montreal‘s own Pronostic and their debut full length album, “An Atomic Decision“.

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From it’s haunting beginning to its destructive end, this kick to the teeth is absolutely plastered with virtuoso composition and stellar musicianship. Pronostic, have managed to fuse together both technical and progressive Death Metal attitudes with bone chilling tones and magnificent peaks and crevasses resulting in an album that will blood eagle your soul with its intensity, and then place a single rose at your feet as the vultures pick at your rotting carcass.

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All immaculate visual descriptors aside, with all the negative events of late this album could not have come at a better time and I for one have a new front runner for Underground Album Of The Year. Check it out for yourselves below.

 

5/5 Horns

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KEEP IT METAL,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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Attack On Paris: An Act Of Cowardice

After taking some time to fully digest the attacks on Paris, France that occurred on Friday November the 13th, I have decided to release my thoughts. The following is an open letter to the people of France, the music community, the World, and ISIS.

 

Let me begin by paying my respects to the people of France and those that lost their lives in Friday’s senseless attacks. You have suffered a true tragedy and my words will never reflect how powerfully and completely my heart goes out to you all, nor will it take away any of the pain and sorrow I imagine you are feeling at this time. I, along with the rest of the world, watched in horror as the events unfolded in complete astonishment and disbelief. While in the aftermath I may not be able to lessen your pain, I offer you my hand, my love, and my boots on the ground should such a day come as you require them. I am eternally sorry.

 

To the musical community as a whole and the fans attending the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan on that tragic night I offer this:

Music is and has always been therapy to us. It is a release and an escape from the cold realities of the outside world. Those attending the show expected nothing more than exactly that and instead they were ambushed by cowards wielding assault rifles and suicide vests, ready to kill and die for something as trivial an interpretation of words scribbled down in a book thousands of years ago. Those we’ve lost will always be missed and the memories of these events will never fade. However, in the wake of all the atrocities, something beautiful has come about that I for one have never seen before. The typical genre bashing, the elitism, the style VS style and genre VS genre, the vile words and pointless arguments that litter online forums and pit fan against fan have ceased and in its place a sense of community and brotherhood has risen. To music fans of any genre in any country, thank you for this.

 

To the World:

 

When Paris went dark, we turned on our lights to show her that we were there. We overlaid our profile pictures with the French flag and held a moment of silence at all major sporting events to honor France and show our solidarity. These acts do in fact show our support and make us feel as though we have done some good on that day, but what tangible benefit does this have for the victims and future victims? Does that profile picture console a grieving mother that just lost her child? Does your moment of silence fall upon the ears of the child that lost their parent and assure them that things will be okay and that we will never allow this to happen again? The world grieved and fell silent on 9/11 and yet acts just like it are continuing over 14 years later. Your showings of empathy are beautiful and reflect the worlds sense of humanity, but the world needs to stand together as one with action to change this culture of hate. For Islamic, Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Atheist, Scientologist, Agnostic, Black, White, Brown, Red, Yellow, Purple, Silver, Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Bi, Transgender, Gender Neutral, Socialist, Communist, Capitalist, Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Men, Women, Children, Foreign, Domestic, and Alien people all over this planet, we must stand together not for personal gain nor revenge, but for a future of peace by way of tangible actions today.

 

Finally, to ISIS:

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  I want you to carefully read over everything you have just read and reassure yourselves of the lack of two very key words throughout this entire letter: Terror & Fear. Your mission was to commit a terrorist attack on the the people of France and in turn, the World. In absolutely beautiful fashion, you have failed miserably. The people of France are not terrified and in fact are now stronger and more profoundly bounded as a people than they were before. During the attack, the people of Paris opened their doors to complete strangers out of love and compassion instead of locking them shut from fear and terror. The police starred death in the face and their courage never faltered as they struck down the mangy dogs you sent after their countrymen. Now, instead of sending the world hiding from your hate, you have united a world and made its people stronger and more determined than ever to eradicate the hate that fills your hearts. This was not an act of terrorism. This was an act of cowardice by a group of people terrified themselves of a people and a culture different from themselves. With each threat we shall grow stronger, for you are but a few cowards and we are many with hearts filled with overflowing love.

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Vive la France, Vive la Musique, Vive L’amour,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

Danzig Has Fan Severely Beaten

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Most of us in the Metal community are aware of the dangers we are going to face when going to a show. Even outside of the pits, things can happen that would cause some degree of harm. None of us, however, expect to be brought on stage to face that danger. Unfortunately for Ireland native, Neil Dalton, that’s exactly what happened to him at last night’s Danzig show at The Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Reportedly, Mr. Dalton ignored the band’s stiff warning prohibiting any video, audio, or pictures being taken at any of his shows during his current tour. (In all honestly, we here at That Metal Fan can’t blame him for trying though, after all, he did fly from Ireland and spend $100 on tickets just to attend the show.) Upon being seen taking a picture of Glenn Danzig, the lead singer for Danzig, Mr. Dalton was brought on stage where he claims to have been tells by security and then beaten. As if the injuries weren’t enough, Mr. Danzig decided to add some insult by throwing in a punch himself. Below is a picture of the bloody aftermath.

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Regardless of Glenn Danzig’s violent tendencies towards just about everyone, as proven by several accounts and video, Montreal police have reportedly not pressed charges stating that as there was no video evidence, (go figure), there is no proof.

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That Metal Fan has reached out to all parties involved and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Voices of Ruin- “Eurocan Death Metal”?

Have you ever found yourself listening to some American Heavy or even Death Metal and wondered how killer it would sound with some European epicness to it? Or maybe you were jamming out to some Black Sabbath and thought it could use some American edge. In either case, as usual, we have you covered with California natives, Voices of Ruin.

These Death Metal geniuses meld perfectly together the best elements from both sides of the Atlantic to create what we are now calling Eurocan Death Metal, patent pending. The not so down tuned guitars make for an almost Iron Maiden style pitch and tone while borrowing heavy from a page out of Amon Amarth‘s book with catchy yet very heavy riffs. The percussion section screams with Devil Driver influences with its relentlessly driving double bass, and hints slightly at Chris Adler‘s control and finesse with the sticks. The vocals aren’t a very easy element in this band to describe. They have potential to be killer with some more power behind them but I don’t necessarily hear one particular influence, which is actually quite nice. Being uncomfortable isn’t always such a bad thing kids.

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From Voice Of Ruin Facebook

Eurocan Death Metal may not be a “Thing“, but if it were Voices of Ruin would be at its forefront. The band is currently in studio working on their next release and we have some quite convenient links below you can use to check these guys out. Don’t be lazy, and as always….

4/5 Horns

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Keep It metal,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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The Hallowed Catharsis- “Organic Entrenchment”

Recording the music you have worked so hard on and then putting it out there for the masses is one of the scariest moments for any band. There is a massive laundry list of possible speed bumps and road blocks that can occur at any moment that will take great music and turn it into horrid noise. The only thing that can top recording in terms of high stress related activities is playing that same music, live. Just like in the studio, you have to be spot on every step of the way, but with anywhere from one to fifty-thousand sets of eyes and ears criticizing you as you do it. Vancouver natives, The Hallowed Catharsis, said to hell with the stress on their new EP, “The Organic Entrenchement“. Not only did they record, they recorded Live. 

One of my biggest fears when I started diving into this album was what the levels were going to be at. In a live setting, you’ll sometimes get an overpowering rhythm guitar, or a slightly muted vocal mic, and you lose out on some key parts to the music. Luckily, my fear was quickly put to rest and I can say with the up-most confidence the engineer for this album did a bang up job on making sure every aspect of the music rang through clearly. Vocally, Sean Ip, gives a powerful yet surprisingly clear performance for a Deathcore vocalist. The guitar playing for the most part is not as heavy as it needs to be, but I can see where the band was going and believe that in a non-live setting, the guitars would deliver more of the punch my ears were yearning for. While yes, the guitars may be flat, I love the technicality and skill exhibited on each solo done. As far as the drumming goes… it’s very cut and dry. The guy came in, kept tempo, and the fact that I didn’t hear anything special beyond that, is a mute point.

By far, (and this is definitely the first time I have found myself saying this), the bassist leads the album and gives an A+ performance. He has found a very creative “Funk Metal” type niche with his playing and he should be commended for it.

Did this album scream out “#1 Best Seller”? Absolutely not. But for a Sophomore effort from a group that formed just two years ago, it’s an OK album. When you throw in the fact that this is that same band live, it’s pretty impressive. Killer bass playing, maturity in their adolescence, and the balls to record live have earned TMF‘s respect.

2.5/5 HORNS

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KEEP IT METAL,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

Check out the full EP here—>  The Hallowed Catharsis – EP II- Organic Entrenchm…: http://youtu.be/UYfDZy7_gUA

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