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Band Spotlight: Behold! The Monolith

Posted by Theis Doomlund on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM (PST)

Here at we pride ourselves on discovering fresh acts straight from the teeming metal underground and sharing them with you readers. One such is Behold! The Monolith from Los Angeles, CA. Formed in 2007, Behold! The Monolith has spent the last couple of years forging a unique sounding blend of neo-prog compositions, raw vocal style and most importantly; mind-crushingly heavy riffs. B!TM has previously released a self-titled Ep and a self-titled album on their own label Arctic Forest Records. They’re currently recording new material, so stay tuned to Metal Riot for updates. In the meantime, listen to a couple of their tracks here.

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Band Spotlight: Sarke

Posted by Christine on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:11 PM (PST)

Formed in 2008 by its namesake, Sarke is a mesmerizing journey through dark and soothing soundscapes inspired by legends like Mayhem, Slayer, Darkthrone, Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Motorhead and Kreator.

All music and lyrics are written by Sarke, but adding the legendary voice of Darkthone’s Nocturno Culto has brought another dimension to the grimness.

Sarke’s new album, “Oldarhian”, will arrive in stores via Indie Recordings on April 15, 2011.

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Band Spotlight: Sahg

Posted by Christine on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM (PST)

Not many heavy metal bands can boast of chart positions and two-page bulletins in all the national newspapers for a debut album. Sahg can. With their gloomy chords, ten ton rhythms and a taste for the heavy rock pioneers of the seventies, the Bergen-based quartet had the audience and critics toss their hats in the air with excitement. Sahg I (2006) filled a void in the Norwegian metal fauna, and was an indisputable success in Norway, as well as abroad. The album got 10 out of 10 points in German Rock Hard Magazine, and 8 out of 10 in the UK edition of Metal Hammer. The success debut album brought the band on tour stateside, as opening act for extreme metal pioneers Celtic Frost, and made Sahg “the one to watch” at a string of metal festivals.

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Horse Called War

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 1:43 PM (PST)

Horse Called War hails from Oklahoma City, a place where the earth is stained in blood. In a state with such a brutal history, is seems the very ground they walk welcomes the ground and pound sound they create. Citing current influences from Job for a Cowboy and Whitechapel, they break through genre labels and carve their own niche in the metal world. Machine gun drums, rapid-fire guitar riffs, and voracious vocals define their brand, as well as keeping their feet firmly on the ground. Horse Called War strives to bring a meaningful measure of reality regardless of societal norms and expectations through the forms and framework of technical groove metal. They have performed with the likes of Anthrax, Lamb of God, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom. This quintessential quintet already shook the scene with 2007’s “Becoming” and now, they ready up for their new release to drop early this summer.

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The Resurrection Sorrow

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM (PST)

One of the very best bands carrying the torch for a viable hard rock and metal scene in New York City these days is The Resurrection Sorrow. Along with bands like DeMilitia and God’s Green Earth, they are helping make the Big Apple slightly less hipster friendly. Live, this onslaught of some of the loudest riffing you’re likely to ever encounter onstage is combined with roaring melodies and horror poetry of front man (and comic book scribe) Alex Dementia. This band is still at “best kept secret” status but have been kicking down doors with serious touring, good time attitudes and the monolithic and dark riff majesty of their recent HOUR OF THE WOLF release (which came complete with spooky Seldon Hunt cover art). Highly recommended for fans of everything from Down and Danzig to Ufomammut and Motorhead. Alex even occasionally has been known to stomp through venue floors!

Band Spotlight: Subrosa

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM (PST)

Subrosa is a doom drenched mysterious band of metal loving girls and guys from Salt Lake City, Utah with influences as diverse as PJ Harvey, The Melvins and Katatonia. Featuring haunting, bluesy female vocals with a poetic twist and a massive sound that incorporates violin over pulverizing dirge riffs, the band gained considerable attention after releasing STREGA on I Hate Records in 2008. Like a long cry in the dark, the band resonates with the rich undercurrents of nature and doesn’t flinch from any side of life’s tapestry in their compelling, dark songs. “Extreme straightforwardness is the name of the game in getting to the primitive center inside all of us that has the most power to overpower.”  Sample a few of their tracks on the band’s MySpace page.

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