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Technical Death Metal from “Day One”

I can count the number of Technical Death Metal shows that I have attended on one hand. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Death Metal. However, when you through in those impossible to follow breakdowns and play at tempos/beats that require a high powered calculator in order to understand what the hell it is you’re listening to, I tend to lose interest. I dreaded having to stumble into 3rd period and I’m not trying to suffer flashbacks every time I plug in as a means to relax. It’s just not my thing. With that being said, you can imagine the look of udder bewilderment on my face when I came across some Tech-Death that not only slays every sacrificial virgin withing a fifty mile radius of my speakers, but also makes sense as well.



Day One is a four piece coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. How the hell they manage to pull off the tenacious and impeccable sound they do is a question that will most likely be answered right after scientist find out definitively whether or not we are alone in the universe. Guitarist Jay Nerada is an absolute master of his craft and it is clear that the music is structured around his madman approach to composition. Following closely behind him in skill level is Marty Leibel on drums. Matching the sonic perfection of Jay every step of the way is not easy but with his constantly running legs he pulls it off wonderfully and with grace. While musically Day One take the Tech-Death cake, the real Picasso here is vocalist, Cayle Charlton. This genre has a tendency to favor low frequency vocals that make enjoyment and understanding some sort of luxury and with Cayle, its the complete opposite. Not only can you understand word for word what is being said without the need of a lyric video, the guy has one of the greatest screams I or anyone else here at TMF has heard in some time. With him wielding the mic, Day One have quickly molded themselves into the Canadian version of Arch Enemy.

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If epic sonic journey’s are your thing, if you want to be looking at the show in front of you instead of the calculator in your hand, and you want it all with slit your throat animosity, Day One has you covered.


5/5 Horns





\m/That Metal Fan\m/

Check out Day One live at one of the following shows:

  • Aug. 20th- Calgary, AB, Canada The Nite Owl
  • Sep. 4th- Calgary, AB, Canada Distortion Live Music Venue
  • Sep. 19th- Calgary, AB, Canada TBA
  • Oct. 17th- Calgary, AB, Canada The Blind Beggar Pub
  • Oct 24th- Berkeley, California Legion Of Steal Fest 






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Blue Balls with “Beyond De-th”

The human ear is one of the strangest devices when you step back for a second and think about it. Most people will know that two people hearing the same note at the same frequency, volume, pitch, and every other variable out there can hear two completely different sounds. What fascinates this journalist even further is that over time, our ears work with our brains to become intuitive. Our brains are naturally programmed to look for patterns in everything we can sense and sound is no different. Over time, the brain will begin to predict whats coming next in any given song. While this has become increasingly useful at surviving pits when we have no idea who the band is or what song they are playing, one band has actually proven it can completely screw you up your zen when your oh so intuitive ear gets it wrong.



Beyond De-th (no, that isn’t a typo) from Chicago is, believe it or not a Death Metal band that will give your ears a metaphorical case of blue balls as a means to finish you off in a more explosive and fantastic way than you ever thought possible.



All jokes aside, the band has an amazing way of messing with you. All of their available tracks feature stellar musicianship all the way around. Jazz infused intensity smothers the kit with intricate stick work and tight kicks. How the hell the bassists finger tips don’t break away from the knuckle and disintegrate with her constant chugging is an absolute feat and NASA needs to take her in for testing. Keeping all the pieces flowing in a cohesive and insanely metal manner is some of the best right hand chugging we have heard in some time. The “problem” lies in their limitations set on by only enlisting the one guitarist who, by the way, also burdens himself with vocals and does a bang up job. With the lack of a second guitarist, 50% of Beyond De-th‘s tracks build and build but never quite explode into euphoric bliss as one may feel they should. The other 50% you ask? Well they just rip you’re fucking head off from start to finish.



Ladies and gents, I give you the heaviest band to ever cut my ear off mid gasm. Now, if you will all excuse me, I need to go plug into some Kreator or I won’t be able hear straight for a week.






3/5 Horns







\m/That Metal Fan\m/

Check out Beyod De-th for yourselves by heading to one of the dates below:

  • August 28th- St. Louis, MO FUBAR
  • August 29th- Covington, KY Backstage Cafe
  • September 19th- Griffith, IN Sopranos   




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Hang The Jester premiere video for “A Dull Blade Gets You Nowhere”

In the past, individual video reviews were a rarity for us here at TMF but as we move forward on our mission to bring you the best in Underground Metal, we will be exploring more and more of this rather untapped category. As proof we offer you “A Dull Blade Gets You Nowhere“, the first release from Tennessee natives, Hang The Jester.

Musically, this song shows some killer syncopation between the guitar and bass riffs the likes of which many underground bands fail to produce when they are first emerging from the shadows of the garage. As for tone, the low ends speak volumes to the quality that Hang The Jester bring on a musicality forefront. The high ends however seem to lack just a slight finesse to them that otherwise take this song to that next level. The solo, however lacking in showboating flare it be, compliments the structure and all around groove of the song quite well and as a stand alone should be enough to get your lazy asses out to check out a show if you are in the area. The bands rhythm section lacks heavily in the volume department but the high action drumming and over active foot work suggest this is a matter of recording issues and not a lack of raw talent.

As for the video itself, I found myself rather enjoying the bands DIY style of recording. Shot as a hybrid between a behind the scenes or in studio look and a YouTube playthrough, the video seems to embody the spirit of underground musicians in the process of trying to get somewhere. Of course, I would have enjoyed getting some better angles and maybe a little movement out of the otherwise stationary camera positions, but all around its a well put together first go around for the band.

Good music and a spirited shoot here from Hang The Jester. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for a band who’s day has yet to come. Check out the video below and be sure to comment your thoughts and share with all your metalhead friends. Hell, share it with the people you hate as well.

3.5/5 HORNS


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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.

From Voice Of Ruin Facebook
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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Kill Em All- Metallica Tribute

Everyone here at TMF would like to send out a heartfelt Happy Mothers Day wish to all the rockin’, (and not so rockin’, moms out there. Without your unconditional love and tolerance for pain we would all still be little swimmers chasing our tail. For that, we thank you. Since everybody here is broke, we put our heads together to think of what would be the best gift to give to you all. Answer? Metallica!!! OK, maybe not thee Metallica, but we sure as hell have the next best thing. We give you, Kill ‘Em All, a tribute band hailing from Arizona of all places.

We would like to begin with a tip of the hat to these cat’s. It takes quite a bit of courage to cover the biggest band in Metal and it takes a real mental patient to be that cover band and then ask us to critique your work. Let’s face it, we can be major assholes sometimes. That being said, we are going to judge this band as if we were hearing the metal god’s for the first time all over again, while also directly comparing. It keeps it fair but also in perspective. Let’s start with Michael (Kirk) and Kevin’s (James) guitar playing. The two songs available on their Reverbnation are Master of Puppets and Four Horseman. Both songs come from the bands early years and they aren’t the easiest to pull off flawlessly. The guitar tones, while modernized, are very close to hitting their marks during choruses and verses, but come across rather pitchy during each solo. The left designated guitar during Four Horseman features an overly abundant and distracting amount of chord change “scratch”, and neither guitar seems to nail the trotting that is so important to making this song what it is. So, other than a few things that probably no one is going to notice other than a guitar player with an ear, the guitars are pretty damn close.

Duncan Campbell handles the sticks and he does Lars proud. Well, that’s assuming Lars isn’t being his usual self and pulled the drumstick out of his ass. Other than a few missed accents and some mediocre mic jobs, we were pretty satisfied with his renditions. Vocally, Kevin does a slightly power metal version of Load/Reload era James. I imagine he sounds like a live version of the James we all know today with his trademark “Yeeahaaaaaah”‘s . Not a trace of that youthful energy remains but the power to replace it is apparent.


When compared to Metallica, I’d give Kill Em All a D+, but come on,  its freaking Metallica. As it’s own entity, I believe this is a killer live band with a decent amount of talent. Want to see for yourself? They are playing a show on May 15th at the Nile Theater. Let us know if we got this one right, or if we are indeed just assholes.

3.5/5 Horns

Kill em All – The Four Horsemen: http://youtu.be/0Amq-VsBZh8

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Assault Inc.- Review

With a name like Assault Incorporatedmy expectations were set decently high for this Michigan based Groove Metal band. You need to come with some high level intensity, extreme power, and deliver a grab you by the throat performance. Luckily, the music cashes every cent of the massive check written by such a prominent name.

Guitarists, Edward Brown and Jeremy Sharp deliver a massive one-two punch with Thrash-Groove rhythms and melodies, coupled by electrifying, high voltage, and down right dirty solos. Personally, I feel a little less Wah, (shot in the dark guess says they use a Cry Baby From Hell pedal), wouldn’t hurt but with it they do attain some massive power on the high end of the spectrum.

Percussionist, Sean Belcher, gives off a major Hatebreed-esque  style technique using his simple yet hard nosed drumming. While I hear the similarity, I love the direction he takes everything while incorporating some slightly Thrash style elements into the mix.

As for the vocals, Daryl Johnson is exactly what I imagine Rob Flynn of the almighty Machine Head sounding like 20 years ago. His ferocity and maliciousness really bring home the heaviness of each song, while never exactly standing apart from the music. It’s as if at some point in his life he became just another instrument himself.

I wanted so badly to give these cats a perfect score as they deserve it. However, the never changing vocal tone and too much high end from the guitars on the choruses and verses prevents me from doing so. Were they perfection? No. Did they earn their name and do the deserve your full and undivided attention? Hell yes.

4.5/5 Horns



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The Unobstructed- (Band Review)

Today brings us a band out of San Pablo, California by the name, The Unobstructed. These cats may only have about five years or so under their belt as a group, (however evolving of a line up they seem to have), but they quickly earned our respect as one of the most high potential “newer” bands out on the underground Metal scene today.

I won’t even begin to try to pin a sub-genre on these cats as they boast key elements of many killer genres. And really, all that is going to do is open up the ever revolving door of trolls that seem to keep making there way over to our pages. The power riffs of the guitars coupled with the stellar performance the band is getting out of its lady behind the kit propel this band into the Thrash world right out of the gate. In major contrast, The Unobstructed features vocals that without a doubt in my mind is the closest comparison to Melodic Death Metal vocalist, Alexi Laiho who of course handles vocals and guitar duties for the mighty, Children of Bodom. Now, it may come with the lack of years, maybe it was supposed to come out this way, but I am not a fan of the guitar solo’s. I totally love the music, I get a major feel for where they are trying to go with it, but it almost seems as though there is an inconsistent choppiness and slight repetitiveness on the solos. The lead players pick hand can shell out some major speed, but his fret hand seems to stiffen and freeze which takes away from the fluidity you want in a guitar solo. It should seem effortless, not painful.

Given time to grow as a group, a few more shows under their belt, money for some longer time in the studio, and every musicians best friend; practice, The Unobstructed have the ingredients to do something great here. I look forward top watching this band develop and I sincerely hope to hear more material from them soon.

4/5 Horns



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