Clandestine Cuts #14 - Hot demos and EPs for a cold autumn night...

Written by: Susan, Troy Killjoy, Mr. Doctor, BloodTears,
Published: 27.11.2011
Clandestine Cuts #14
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight

Your favorite part of the month has finally arrived and we bring you a delicious variety of up-and-coming bands. Support the heart and soul of the metal scene and give these guys a listen NOW before they hit the big time. Then you can say you knew them when. Don't forget to vote at the end of the issue: the top bands from this year's Clandestine Cuts will be competing in the Metal Storm Awards for Clandestine Cut of the Year 2011.

Voting Closed on January 10, 2012

In case you're new at this, you still have time to go back and give our last few issues a listen:
Clandestine Cuts #10
Clandestine Cuts #11
Clandestine Cuts #12
Clandestine Cuts #13

Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Contact Susan via PM or email Susan @ metalstorm . net to find out.




Humanity's Last Breath - Structures Collapse EP
http://www.facebook.com/humanityslastbreath

Swedish deathcore. I know what you're thinking: "But Troy, you hate deathcore. You're part of the trve krvsade!" True. Ish. But Humanity's Last Breath found an amazing formula - not a new formula, but one they definitely know how to manipulate. And it's pretty awesome. Structures Collapse is an extremely technical, extremely well-produced, extremely tight, extremely extreme album of extremity. With a ton of extreme atmosphere to boot. Breakdowns are sparse (but obviously not absent), drums are constantly blasted, melodies are given an appropriate amount of attention, and the growls? Ya, they're of the throat-shredding variety. It's almost not deathcore, that's how good these Swedes are. They use their time well too, which is a major positive. Songs seem direct, focused - purposeful. You can mosh, headbang, or just plain hardcore dance. What more could you ask from an EP?

by Troy Killjoy





Sjuk - Time Has Come…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sjuk/291048094214?sk=app_2405167945

From the first confidently epic moments of this pagan/folk EP I knew something sweet was about to happen. Sjuk alternates between an intense, more extreme folk metal vibe and a really beautiful, mellow, flute-laden landscape. They combine these two atmospheres like pros, though, and it never feels jarring to move along the spectrum. Skillfully growled vocals (almost black metal-ish at times) appear on three songs and let me just say this: there are NO cheap drinking songs. Everyone knows this folk/viking scene is bursting at the seems with bandwagon-jumpers. Sjuk just doesn't fall into that category. They sound like skillful enough songwriters and professional enough players to stand side by side with your favourite classic acts of this genre. Hope to hear more from them.

by Susan





Dead Existence - Born Into The Planet's Scars
Download the EP from their bandcamp site.

Yo dawg, I heard you like aggression and sickness. So I put some death in your sludge so you can get fucked up while you get fucked up.

Okay, maybe not THAT crazy but this is definitely a toxic and relentless EP. Two tracks clocking around 26 minutes of crushing, filthy groovy music. The death influences make everything more suffocating together with intense riffs, fast sections making your blood pumping and some of the most pissed-off vocals I've heard in this disgusting genre. Some calm sections appear every now and then but only as a reminder that danger is around the next corner, waiting to punch you in the throat. The crazy squad that is the British Dead Existence knows for sure how to play sludge the way it should be: Filthy and violent. Both tracks are featured on their bandcamp so there's no excuse for not blasting their music, drinking some cheap vodka and getting the party started.

by Mr. Doctor





Last Eternal Breath - From A Tormented Soul demo
https://www.facebook.com/lasteternalbreath

Allow me to point out the obvious: Italy's death metal roster is stacked. Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour Of Penance, Sadist, Corpsefucking Art, Septycal Gorge, Vomit The Soul, Gory Blister (among others), make for a pretty commendable team. Last Eternal Breath are here to compete for a spot in that line-up, and their demo debut is worthy of a starting position. From A Tormented Soul contains insanely catchy melodic riffing even Malmsteen would praise, Inferno-like drumming, and best of all, the songs actually flow incredibly well together. This is 20 minutes of pure tech-death momentum, produced masterfully, and waiting patiently for you to bask in its glory.

by Troy Killjoy





Ivy Garden Of The Desert - Docile
http://www.myspace.com/ivygardenofthedesert

With a heavily acoustic and thoughtful vibe, Ivy Garden of the Desert plays what could only be described as 60s & 70s influenced stoner rock, which teeters on the edge between rock and metal. The classic aspect of their sound is predominant, though you can hear the intensity and visceral nature of the modern stoner metal bands they cite as influences. And can I just say this band has really mastered the art of the build-up. The 4-song EP seems to come in pairs, with "Enchanting Odyssey" and "I" (each clocking in around 11 minutes) containing the crest of the waves we've happily waited so long to relish in. Listen, be lured in, hooked in the gut and slowly pulled through their Docile landscape.


by Susan





Black Oak - Black Oak
Download the EP from their website.

If it would be possible to peel Black Oak's music into layers, each new layer you discover would bring a new pleasant surprise. Black Oak play progressive metal, but this is not the kind of progressive metal where the technicality show-off superimposes itself over the songs themselves. The production is reasonable and it makes the music seem like it is coming out in its purest state. You'll find calm beautiful sections and laid back moments that move between more harsh vocals (both female and male), crunchy build ups, and even sporadic weird robotic voices. All of this gives the songs a heavy dimension. But the biggest highlight is really the vocals and boy, does the lead singer have a good set of pipes. She steals the show. But more importantly, the music is heartfelt, stimulating and vibrant. And sometimes you don't have to search for good music, it comes to you spontaneously. All you have to do in this case is take it all in.

by BloodTears





Human Sculpture - Our World / Torn Down EP
https://www.facebook.com/HumanSculpture

Human Sculpture play that kind of modern melodic death metal a lot of people used to simply refer to as "Gothenburg metal", but they're from Finland and the modern metal of today is a lot different from the modern metal of 2001. Our World / Torn Down is an extremely catchy version of what Arch Enemy and Insomnium would likely produce if they were to mate, focusing on whimsical melodic leads countered by some heavy chugging riffs. The atmosphere is rather typical of a metal band from Finland, in that you're left with a sense of sorrow in spite of the high-octane assault - which can be attributed to the rather simplistic drum patters and higher pitched growls. Normally you expect to hear clean singing in the mix with this style of metal but Human Sculpture have opted to stand by their harsh vocals and their overall sound is in no way diminished by that choice. Don't be surprised if these guys are eventually picked up by Lifeforce Records.

by Troy Killjoy



 




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Troy Killjoy - 27.11.2011 at 19:13  
I vote shamelessly for my own endorsement, Human Sculpture. Really good stuff that people like MechanisT would enjoy.
Sjuk - 27.11.2011 at 19:22  
I vote for Sjuk... because it's my band

Thk you for this amazing review !
BloodTears - 27.11.2011 at 19:31  
Cheaters!

Anyway, some of these look interesting. I'll look into them and then come back and vote for my band Black Oak. Joking
Mr. Doctor - 27.11.2011 at 19:50  
Not like I want to jump in the bandwagon but I just really love dirty sludge so I have to vote for Dead Existence. It's just the kind of stuff I always end up loving. This ep in particular quite the thing...
Susan - 27.11.2011 at 21:27  
SO hard to chose this month. Though I think I've narrowed it down to 4 or 5 favourites

Damn good group of bands this month! I honestly don't know how I'll choose...
JÄY - 28.11.2011 at 02:32  
Thoroughly ecxited to check out Human Sculpture....
Troy Killjoy - 28.11.2011 at 02:49  
Written by JÄY on 28.11.2011 at 02:32
Thoroughly ecxited to check out Human Sculpture....

If you liked the Omnium Gatherum release this year, then you'll definitely like it.
JÄY - 28.11.2011 at 02:53  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.11.2011 at 02:49

Written by JÄY on 28.11.2011 at 02:32
Thoroughly ecxited to check out Human Sculpture....

If you liked the Omnium Gatherum release this year, then you'll definitely like it.

I did like it... hoping this is a little more aggressive. Is it?
Troy Killjoy - 28.11.2011 at 02:55  
Written by JÄY on 28.11.2011 at 02:53
I did like it... hoping this is a little more aggressive. Is it?

Way more, and less atmospheric. It's kind of like... I dunno, At the Gates? And Mors Principium Est without as much cheese.
Doc Godin - 28.11.2011 at 03:56  
Whoa. Dead Existence is awesome.
Troy Killjoy - 28.11.2011 at 04:00  
Written by Doc Godin on 28.11.2011 at 03:56
Whoa. Dead Existence is awesome.

As soon as I saw the little Doc's write-up I immediately thought of you.
Susan - 28.11.2011 at 04:29  
Human Sculpture, Humanity's Last Breath, Last Eternal Breath... anyone noticing a theme with band names this month?
Troy Killjoy - 28.11.2011 at 05:24  
Ya, they're all reviewed by me!

An odd coincidence though in all seriousness.
Doc Godin - 28.11.2011 at 08:48  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.11.2011 at 04:00

Written by Doc Godin on 28.11.2011 at 03:56
Whoa. Dead Existence is awesome.

As soon as I saw the little Doc's write-up I immediately thought of you.

How strange, this made me think of you:
Quote:
Your favorite part of the month has finally arrived

That line was a little presumptuous, especially considering this is the part of the month where Troys period sets in.

In all seriousness, though, this is one of the best issues yet.
Susan - 28.11.2011 at 14:47  
Written by Doc Godin on 28.11.2011 at 08:48

Quote:
Your favorite part of the month has finally arrived

That line was a little presumptuous, especially considering this is the part of the month where Troys period sets in.

In all seriousness, though, this is one of the best issues yet.


I KNEW someone would take it that way... but went with it nonetheless
Mr. Doctor - 28.11.2011 at 21:28  
Written by Doc Godin on 28.11.2011 at 03:56
Whoa. Dead Existence is awesome.


Glad that someone else dig it the same way that I do. It's just the kind of violent shit I always like.
Definitely one of our best issues indeed.
Doc Godin - 29.11.2011 at 03:36  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.11.2011 at 21:28

Written by Doc Godin on 28.11.2011 at 03:56
Whoa. Dead Existence is awesome.


Glad that someone else dig it the same way that I do. It's just the kind of violent shit I always like.
Definitely one of our best issues indeed.

It's just fucking gruesome, but still very accessible and catchy. I always appreciate that nifty little corner where raw aggression and catchiness meet.
Edmund Fogg - 29.11.2011 at 07:14  
Dead Existence or Ivy's Garden. I don't know. At least I was able to narrow it down a bit. I'm stiil stuck tho.
Troy Killjoy - 29.11.2011 at 07:23  
Written by Edmund Fogg on 29.11.2011 at 07:14
Dead Existence or Ivy's Garden. I don't know. At least I was able to narrow it down a bit. I'm stiil stuck tho.

Either way you're looking at a pretty good release; you can't go wrong. Heads or tails?
Edmund Fogg - 29.11.2011 at 07:51  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.11.2011 at 07:23

Written by Edmund Fogg on 29.11.2011 at 07:14
Dead Existence or Ivy's Garden. I don't know. At least I was able to narrow it down a bit. I'm stiil stuck tho.

Either way you're looking at a pretty good release; you can't go wrong. Heads or tails?


Yeah i think i'll rest on it. Give it another go tommorrow. But then again, my mood will change and I might have two completely differen finalist. Arrgh. MS y u do this to me?
Troy Killjoy - 29.11.2011 at 07:52  
Written by Edmund Fogg on 29.11.2011 at 07:51
Arrgh. MS y u do this to me?

We like torturing our victims first.

And the next issue will only cause you more grief.
Edmund Fogg - 29.11.2011 at 18:27  
There made my final descision on Ivi Garden... Who should I pm for sugestion of eps and demos
BloodTears - 29.11.2011 at 19:19  
Written by Edmund Fogg on 29.11.2011 at 18:27

There made my final descision on Ivi Garden... Who should I pm for sugestion of eps and demos


"Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Contact Lyrinan via PM or email lyrinan@metalstorm.net to find out. "
Edmund Fogg - 30.11.2011 at 05:23  
Written by BloodTears on 29.11.2011 at 19:19

Written by Edmund Fogg on 29.11.2011 at 18:27

There made my final descision on Ivi Garden... Who should I pm for sugestion of eps and demos


"Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Contact Lyrinan via PM or email lyrinan@metalstorm.net to find out. "


Ah, thank you for pointing out my lazyness miss Tears.
BloodTears - 30.11.2011 at 11:00  
Written by Edmund Fogg on 30.11.2011 at 05:23

Written by BloodTears on 29.11.2011 at 19:19

Written by Edmund Fogg on 29.11.2011 at 18:27

There made my final descision on Ivi Garden... Who should I pm for sugestion of eps and demos


"Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Contact Lyrinan via PM or email lyrinan@metalstorm.net to find out. "


Ah, thank you for pointing out my lazyness miss Tears.


My pleasure. Miss Tears is so formal lol
Bad English - 02.12.2011 at 00:26  
It wa shard to choose between Sjuk and Ivy Garden Of The Desert
I vote for Ivy Garden Of The Desert
malaikat - 02.12.2011 at 00:27  
Humanity's Last Breath sounds pretty kickass, judging from that couple of songs they put on their FB page. They could survive without those few breakdowns, but pretty decent stuff nonetheless.
Troy Killjoy - 02.12.2011 at 01:56  
Written by malaikat on 02.12.2011 at 00:27
They could survive without those few breakdowns, but pretty decent stuff nonetheless.

Honestly I think they could make it as a deathcore band or even a melodic death metal band. They have the talent to lead the deathcore genre though, whereas they might fall victim to being an "average" melodeath band.

I say good on them if they keep with their style and achieve success as a result. Deathcore needs more talented bands to give it a good name.
Mr. Doctor - 02.12.2011 at 11:18  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 02.12.2011 at 01:56
Deathcore needs more talented bands to give it a good name.


Exactly, there are way too many big names on MDM as it is. Deathcore is in need of these bands.
Sjuk - 02.12.2011 at 13:23  
Written by Bad English on 02.12.2011 at 00:26

It wa shard to choose between Sjuk and Ivy Garden Of The Desert
I vote for Ivy Garden Of The Desert


Bad English - 02.12.2011 at 14:31  
Written by Sjuk on 02.12.2011 at 13:23

Written by Bad English on 02.12.2011 at 00:26

It wa shard to choose between Sjuk and Ivy Garden Of The Desert
I vote for Ivy Garden Of The Desert





are you band member
Well somehow Ivy fits better when I try to listen who knows if we would have snow and -10¤C how it shood be not +5¤C and fing wind , storm maybe then I would vote other way but those 2 bands stand much higher how others others shood not ´get any votes
Sjuk - 02.12.2011 at 14:42  
Written by Bad English on 02.12.2011 at 14:31

are you band member


Yes, Sjuk is my project

I'm sad that you finally choosed Ivy Garden Of The Desert
Bad English - 02.12.2011 at 14:46  
Written by Sjuk on 02.12.2011 at 14:42

Written by Bad English on 02.12.2011 at 14:31

are you band member


Yes, Sjuk is my project

I'm sad that you finally choosed Ivy Garden Of The Desert


nothing personaly mate my music taste is weird insteed of watching Premier Leuage I will watch Deutche 3. Bundesliga
Ag Fox - 03.12.2011 at 03:34  
Very solid issue... still have yet to check out Black Oak (can't be bothered to download yet) and Ivy Garden Of The Desert (myspace is not working for me D:)
Mr. Doctor - 03.12.2011 at 12:24  
Vote for Dead Existence then, it will save you time and you will do the right thing
BloodTears - 03.12.2011 at 14:07  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.12.2011 at 12:24

Vote for Dead Existence then, it will save you time and you will do the right thing


Shut up. He should vote for Black Oak which is clearly the best, only everybody is overlooking them. Pff
Troy Killjoy - 03.12.2011 at 23:17  
Written by BloodTears on 03.12.2011 at 14:07

Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.12.2011 at 12:24
Vote for Dead Existence then, it will save you time and you will do the right thing

Shut up. He should vote for Black Oak which is clearly the best, only everybody is overlooking them. Pff

You should both shut up because once again, a Killjoy review leads the way.
Susan - 04.12.2011 at 01:45  
Written by BloodTears on 03.12.2011 at 14:07

Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.12.2011 at 12:24

Vote for Dead Existence then, it will save you time and you will do the right thing


Shut up. He should vote for Black Oak which is clearly the best, only everybody is overlooking them. Pff


That is disconcerting. Their music is quite excellent. I had such a hard time choosing what to vote for this time around. Probably everyone did as well. (And I'm keeping the final answer to myself )
NocturnalStalker - 02.01.2012 at 16:25  
Out of the only two bands here that made me bang my head I chose Ivy Garden Of The Desert (the other one was Dead Existence, by the way).
Whoblehwah - 08.01.2012 at 08:47  
I really liked Ivy Garden Of The Desert and Black Oak, but I liked Black Oak slightly more that Ivy Garden so they got my vote.

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