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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!!




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


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



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


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…



\m/That Metal Fan\m/




Serial Date Rapist In Brisbane Metal Scene?

The power of close knit metal communities never ceases to amaze me. Chances are, at one time or another you too have witnessed this for yourself. Whether it be a promoter giving a band the shaft and needing to be blackballed or a member of our metal family coming into some hardship and needing a lending hand, the metal world has a special and unique way of coming together and getting done those things that need to get done. It is this same efficiency and strength in metal brotherhood that the Brisbane, Queensland, Australia scenes have demonstrated following a reportedly horrific incident occurring during a show at The Back Room at Chardons Corner Hotel on August 7th 2015. In spite of the efforts of the local scene in Brisbane, not enough has been done to uncover the name of the alleged culprit and that is why we here at TMF call on each and every one of you to help spread the word on this incident in an effort to gain some answers and justice, as well as raise awareness in the metal community about the heinous and atrocious acts of the low life’s that walk this earth. The following is a description of the events said to have taken place on the night in question.

Flyer for the show where the events were said to have occurred.
Flyer for the show where the events were said to have occurred.

Allegedly, sometime during the show, a young woman by the name  [Name withheld per the victims request] had an unknown drug slipped into her drink which caused her to lose consciousness as well as vomit multiple times, which was likely her body trying to expel the drug. If not for a few good Samaritans noticing her distress and coming to her aid, later calling the ambulances that took the victim to a local hospital, we very well might have been writing a memorial for her instead of this call to action.

The Back Room @ Chardons Corner Hotel
The Back Room @ Chardons Corner Hotel

We are very happy to report that the victim has been released and is currently getting well at her home at this time, however, the story took a strange turn on the day following the incident when she received a Facebook message regarding the events that had taken place.


The above picture shows a screenshot taken by the victim of the messaged she received from a Chloe Jane Bartoli. In her message, Ms. Bartoli states that she in fact knows the person responsible for her drink being “spiked” and it wasn’t the first time the accused had committed the illegal act. Ms. Bartoli goes on to say that she unfortunately cannot divulge the name of the accused as it would be too damaging to his musical reputation in the local music community.

Rumors have surfaced that Ms. Bartoli used a fake profile to send her message to the victim. While this cannot be confirmed or disputed at this time, it is clear that the profile used to send the message has been deactivated and cannot be located.

Whether a Serial Date Rapist is on the loose in the Brisbane metal scene or rather this was a one off event that unfortunately took place, it should spark outrage from the metal communities across the globe. This is an act that can take place in any scene at any time and we as Metalheads need to stand together in an effort to raise awareness, get the word out, and let the scumbags that creep in the shadows that this kind of action will not be tolerated.

If you have any information regarding this case you are urged to contact the Brisbane police immediately. Share this story with your friends, your families, and your brothers and sisters in the metal community. Together we can get justice for this and all other victims and tell the world #notmyscene


\m/That Metal Fan\m/

Learn To Slaughter With Corpse Hoarder

The stench of rotting flesh fills my nostrils as I take a bit of entrails from my blood stained teeth. Ecstasy in itself falls short as a just description for the full and flush electricity running through my skin. From your scalp to your kneecaps, the cornucopia of body parts strewn about the forest floor serves as a reminder of the massacre that had just taken place here. It was a night I shall never forget. The night I first heard Corpse Hoarder. The night I became a homicidal maniac.


While I may not have literally ripped apart a body piece by piece, this Philadelphia based Brutal Death Metal four piece had me feeling as though I had actively and willingly joined them in the slaughter of an innocent. From their sound to their imagery, everything about Corpse Hoarder works in unison to create pure putrid perfection. Classic scooped out guitars maintain a constant toxic viscosity suited wonderfully for the three available tracks, though nothing necessarily fancy shines through. But then again, Jason Voorhees never uttered a single word and massacred the masses for decades.


I never believed vocals to be all that important in BDM honestly. (Almost) Everything I have heard follows a formulaic mediocrity that leads to a, “how low can you go” feel and at the end of the day, you feel lucky to walk away understanding two words on the entire album. Corpse Hoarder vocalist Scruffo, (No really, look it up.), challenges this by going the extra mile and being audible while belting out intense tones. He’s essentially the creepy mortician warning you of the consequences of playing with demons only to put the demon back in it’s cage once it’s done devouring your soul.


What pushes Corpse Hoarder over the top for me is their Bass/Drum combo. Myke (Bass) berates the ever living hell out of your eardrums and it works dangerously well with Armen‘s tactical drum assault on an effort to have you bleeding out of orifices you didn’t even know you had. It’s this final one two punch that really seals everything together and ensures that at least one person in the crowd is going to be soiling themselves from fear.


If you have had a recent urge to pick up that kitchen knife and hockey mask, DO NOT listen to Corpse Hoarder. Frankly, the world has enough evil to deal with already. If you’re a sabre person that looks to constantly push the limits, then listen once. But only one. After that, TMF can’t ensure your safety and your soul may be lost to the depths of hell forever. Good luck!!


4/5 Horns

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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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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Taking an “Adrenaline Shot” with Amken

We’ve strapped on the big boy pants for today’s featured review. Why? Cause we have a pretty bold statement to make and the wrath of thousands of Slayer fans will surely rain down upon us. By now you have heard about the highly anticipated album from the Thrash giants due out 9/11/15. What you don’t know and what Slayer fans will never admit, is that their album will fall second to another release, this one coming from a little known band out of Athens, Greece by the name Amken. Currently putting on the finishing touches of their debut full length album, the band has released the E.P. Adrenaline Shot and if the full length reflects even 10% of the high octane Thrash on this E.P., I may not even both myself with the new Slayer record at all.


Amken feature powerful bass lines that resemble the guttural vibrations of a warship engine setting sail on a course of unfiltered devastation. Their guitar solo composition is beautifully timed and phrased pairing seamlessly with the continent shattering riffs sure to destroy every club foolish enough to book a show. There is a classical old school attitude with these Athenians that rounds out their modern brutality with a flair of respect and appreciation for the glory days of Thrash.


We, as always, will welcome all your hate mail with open minds and comebacks at the ready. We have prepared ourselves for the droves of die-hard fans sure to take direct offense to us “disrespecting” their gods. We have done everything we possibly can but we cannot lie to you. Look out SlayerAmken has arrived.

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4.5/5 Horns



\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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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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Seraph In Travail “Bring Forth Death”

If we are being completely honest with ourselves, the last time something new or innovative came along in the world of Black Metal, we had Bush Sr. or Clinton calling the White House home. That’s not to say there haven’t been great bands in the genre. We just see the norm never being challenged. At the end of the day, you will always find that creepy Victorian vibe with evil spewing out over rather basic rhythms and chord progressions.


This cold and pessimistic view is one that TMF has unfortunately had until the recent discovery of Seraph In Travail. The Pennsylvania based group is set to release their full length album, Bring Forth Death on August 7th and of course we took the opportunity to check out the first two singles available via Bandcamp.


Does the band break the mold by doing away with keyboards and the old Victorian voice? Not even close, but then again, what kind of Black Metal band would they be if they didn’t adhere to these age old staples? Instead, the band infuses two unique elements into their sound that elevate the bands potential to break out dramatically. To start, you get ear pounded by vocals that range from Nathan Explosion lows to Danny Filth mids. That fact that there are little to no highs actually come off as a blessing in disguise, as high screeches would actually hurt the bands overall tone. Secondly, and what is probably the smartest move Seraph In Travail  made, was losing the played out habit of throttled and repetitive guitar work, and instead replaced it with trotting rhythms and haunting harmonies. This one act allows the drummer to cover a wider range of movements and it almost gives a Death Metal tone while keeping it truly Black at the same time.


So, whether you agree that Black Metal has become stagnant over the years or you’re preparing a long and drawn out speech about just how wrong we are, Seraph In Travail‘s talent, innovation, and god given skill cannot be argued. Haters, we await your emails.



4/5 Horns





\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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