Clandestine Cuts Vol. 2, #1 - Demo and EP Spotlight

Written by: Susan, BloodTears, Mr. Doctor, Marcel Hubregtse, Troy Killjoy
Published: 03.02.2012
Clandestine Cuts Volume 2, Issue #1
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight

Welcome to the first issue in Volume 2 of Clandestine Cuts, and the first issue of 2012. Thanks to everyone who has been voting for Clandestine Cut of the Year in the 2011 Metal Storm Awards. Remember, YOU picked those nominations, so congratulate yourself on excellent taste in metal. And if you hear some great new music today, vote in the poll below this article and look for your favorite demo or EP next year in the Metal Storm Awards for 2012.


January 31, 2013: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you for your votes; find the winners in the Metal Storm Awards 2012 category Clandestine Cut Of The Year and chose your favorite.

In case you're new at this, go back and enjoy our last few issues:
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 1 #12
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 1 #13
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 1 #14
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 1 #15

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.




Deathember - A Thousand Flatlines
http://www.facebook.com/Deathemberband

There seems to be a growing trend in metal today: genre blending. Many bands put out releases which are difficult to identify or label, trying their best to stay away from the trap of being "conventional". Deathember are one of those cases and furthermore, their music is a bit bizarre, not Unexpect bizarre, more like SikTh bizarre without the clean vocals. In fact, they even have Mikee Goodman as a guest on one of their tracks ("The Linear Act"). Among the traits of the album are the dissonant shrieks and little quirks of Deathember's music, which often allows itself to be extravagant. A Thousand Flatlines wanders swiftly through melodic death metal, groove metal and metalcore with hammering riffs and considerable dexterity, incorporating layered growls, which all results into a powerhouse of energy unleashed in concentrated but strong doses.

by BloodTears





Temblad - Mockery Of The Fanatic
http://temblad.bandcamp.com/

If you name your band after the imperative mood of the Spanish verb "Tremble" you better back it up with some appropriate music. Fortunately, these guys from San Diego, USA, proved themselves worthy of their name with their brand of aggressive thrash combined with grind, death and groove flavours. It should be more than enough to make you sit tight in your chair during the length of their short yet impressive EP. Fierce, catchy and in-your-face riffs, grinding and groovy bass, pissed off vocals and tight drumming make this 4-track EP a good preview of what these guys are capable of doing. With a very professional production, this band shows that they have their shit together and it doesn't seem hard to imagine that we'll hear more from them. With an EP like Mockery Of The Fanatic, let's hope so.

by Mr. Doctor





Crowned - Ainulindale demo
http://www.youtube.com/user/crownedbmband

This is some extremely lo-fi atmospheric black metal from Australia, similar to what Drudkh would sound like in their early recording sessions for their debut, or what Striborg would sound like if given a legitimate recording studio. As raw as the sound may appear at first, there are actually quite a lot of ethereal elements in the mix that create a dream-like atmosphere, as if transcending the skies and floating above the heavens. Vocals are buried behind blasting drums and repetitive melodic riffs, giving it an organic Wolves In The Throne Room feel. With this 30-minute demo, Crowned have what it takes to make a name for themselves sooner than later, and it wouldn't surprise me if Ainulindale was re-released as a full-length in the near future once the band gets some momentum.

by Troy Killjoy





Sad Alice Said - Clock of Eternity EP
https://www.facebook.com/Sad.Alice.Said?sk=app_2405167945

Ukrainians Sad Alice Said play melodic metal with gothic, progressive, and symphonic touches, topped with soft female vocals. Don't expect something overly synthy; there are 7 people in this band (including not only a violist and 3 guitarists, but also someone playing a real piano), which lends it a very organic and textured sound that "programming" could never duplicate. Their 5-song debut EP Clock of Eternity is a grower, not just that it'll take a few listens to get under your skin, but that each song is better than the one before. They build upon each other and before you know it you're drowning in the intense, moody build-up of "Door in Autumn" or basking in the bliss of closer "Open Your Eyes," aching for more.

by Susan





Morito Ergo Sum - Moonchild EP
http://moritoergosum.com

After having released their first demo (featured in Clandestine Cuts #7) in 2010, Swedes Morito Ergo Sum are back with a new demo, called Moonchild. The demo which is recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mike Wead showcases a band which has clearly grown over the period of time between the two releases. Once again they offer My Dying Bride-influenced melodic death doom, but a class better than their 2010 demo and with more of a sound of their own. Besides three of their own tracks, Moonchild also features a daring cover of King Crimson's "Moonchild" which the band manages to make their. Morito Ergo Sum are certainly a band to keep an eye on for they will be going places. Anyone who loves well-produced melodic death doom in the vein of My Dying Bride should clearly get hold of this fine demo.


by Marcel Hubregtse





Winter Crescent - Battle Of Egos
http://www.myspace.com/wintercrescent

Winter Crescent seems like a typical name for a black metal band but that couldn't be further from the truth in terms of where the music of these Greeks fits. Instead, they fall easily into the category of "progressive metal" with a more traditional/heavy approach than a forward-looking perspective. In that sense, Battle Of Egos could actually be a good metaphor for the battle between the various musical alter-egos the band gives voice to. Think occasional high-pitched screams à la Rob Halford, power metal influences, and ambitious progressive metal instrumental voyages. Under the surface, however, Winter Crescent has a tendency to be darker than their alter-egos, which is something that most wouldn't anticipate after the calm intro of the EP. The rawness of the songs, a consequence of the low-budget production, gives new meaning to the expression "a diamond in the rough."

by BloodTears





Unbodied - Unbodied EP
http://unbodied.bandcamp.com

*inhale* Hey man, did you ever wonder, like, what Baroness would sound like, like as a death metal band? *cough* Neither did I man... until now. *incoherent* psychedelic man, like stoner riffing, totally badass deathgrind brutal breakdown riffing man, real groovy thrashtastic riffing dude. *inhale* All kinds of like... good riffing. *incoherent* insane man, like stellar, varied drums man. *coughing* And toke-till-you-choke vox man! *incoherent* hazy atmosphere dude, mid-paced sludge... *cough* stonerific stuff dude. *inhale* Some death, grind, thrash... It's like Pink Floyd, you know? *cough* So they sells a couple-a grams to like, Blut Aus Nord man, and they smoke it with all those like, sludge bands from the Americas man! Man, it's like... Dirk Diggler blazing in the recording studio... like *incoherent*... No Life 'Til Leather man. Peace out man - *cough* - I'm starvin', ya know?

by Troy Killjoy



 




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BloodTears - 03.02.2012 at 10:10  
Pretty diverse indeed! it's gonna be tight.
Timmeh - 03.02.2012 at 12:08  
Crowned have some serious potential, fantastic BM.
InnerSelf - 03.02.2012 at 15:41  
Nice variation, will check them one by one soon
BoxCar Willy - 03.02.2012 at 19:23  
Checking now
BoxCar Willy - 03.02.2012 at 19:30  
Its between Dethmember and Unbodied... hmm...
Grimskallen - 04.02.2012 at 11:43  
Crowned is selected by Troy Killjoy....
Bad English - 04.02.2012 at 14:00  
Winter Crescent - dont aks me why but i saw this atrwork I thought its Dead Soul Man aca Collin
Sad Alioce Said - well guy can spam in ''sexiest metal girl '' tread here in MS
Crowned - is good werry good but my votes goes , well guy from Utrecht knows where my vote goes , doom dooom , doooooom, dooooooooooooom

and this time 4 albums and bands was good, realy powerfull
Susan - 04.02.2012 at 20:03  
Written by InnerSelf on 03.02.2012 at 15:41

Nice variation, will check them one by one soon


Please do! Yes, I'd say this is one of our most varied issues.
Susan - 04.02.2012 at 20:10  
Written by Grimskallen on 04.02.2012 at 11:43

Crowned is selected by Troy Killjoy....


Awww, do you miss him too? We sure do. Man could spot good death metal from a thousand miles away.
Grimskallen - 04.02.2012 at 20:15  
Written by Susan on 04.02.2012 at 20:10

Written by Grimskallen on 04.02.2012 at 11:43

Crowned is selected by Troy Killjoy....


Awww, do you miss him too? We sure do. Man could spot good death metal from a thousand miles away.

I'm pretty sure you mean Black metal, as that's the style of Crowned and (was?) the speciality of Troy
Susan - 04.02.2012 at 20:18  
Written by Grimskallen on 04.02.2012 at 20:15

Written by Susan on 04.02.2012 at 20:10

Written by Grimskallen on 04.02.2012 at 11:43

Crowned is selected by Troy Killjoy....


Awww, do you miss him too? We sure do. Man could spot good death metal from a thousand miles away.

I'm pretty sure you mean Black metal, as that's the style of Crowned and (was?) the speciality of Troy


No, I meant death. He's of course great with black and many genres but death seemed to be one of the specialties. We could just say he could spot good METAL a thousand miles away and end the argument
Grimskallen - 04.02.2012 at 20:20  
Written by Susan on 04.02.2012 at 20:18

Written by Grimskallen on 04.02.2012 at 20:15

Written by Susan on 04.02.2012 at 20:10

Written by Grimskallen on 04.02.2012 at 11:43

Crowned is selected by Troy Killjoy....


Awww, do you miss him too? We sure do. Man could spot good death metal from a thousand miles away.

I'm pretty sure you mean Black metal, as that's the style of Crowned and (was?) the speciality of Troy


No, I meant death. He's of course great with black and many genres but death seemed to be one of the specialties. We could just say he could spot good METAL a thousand miles away and end the argument

Agreed, cheers!
Mr. Doctor - 04.02.2012 at 20:37  
Written by Susan on 04.02.2012 at 20:18
No, I meant death. He's of course great with black and many genres but death seemed to be one of the specialties. We could just say he could spot good METAL a thousand miles away and end the argument


Just for being a prick: I would say that Troy is far more experienced with Black than with Death which can be reflected in his later reviews.
Bad English - 04.02.2012 at 23:34  
Written by Susan on 04.02.2012 at 20:03

Written by InnerSelf on 03.02.2012 at 15:41

Nice variation, will check them one by one soon


Please do! Yes, I'd say this is one of our most varied issues.


I always try out all, 1t´h if its my genre , then those what I like and is my gwnre I always listen and go to MA for more links
this time 4 was what Im interested in and like we all know doom won
Susan - 04.02.2012 at 23:49  
Bad English, I'd say that you liking 4 bands out of 7 in such a varied issue is a huge success for us
InnerSelf - 05.02.2012 at 01:00  
Written by Susan on 04.02.2012 at 20:03

Written by InnerSelf on 03.02.2012 at 15:41

Nice variation, will check them one by one soon


Please do! Yes, I'd say this is one of our most varied issues.


Started with the safest one, the Doom album reviewed by Marcel
wormdrink414 - 07.02.2012 at 04:10  
Really digging that Temblad one right now. Had to go with that one (despite some of the higher harsh vox being...how to put it... horrible), even though Deathember's cool as shit too.
Doc Godin - 07.02.2012 at 10:15  
Unbodied. Totally cool stuff. Pretty grimy.
Edmund Fogg - 09.02.2012 at 03:55  
The one that truly shines for me is Morito Ergo Sum. I'm having a real issue with most of the others vocalists/singers

Edit: Huh results are hidden. C.mon who the hell would be influenced by the results.
Susan - 09.02.2012 at 04:05  
Written by Edmund Fogg on 09.02.2012 at 03:55

The one that truly shines for me is Morito Ergo Sum. I'm having a real issue with most of the others vocalists/singers

Edit: Huh results are hidden. C.mon who the hell would be influenced by the results.


Thanks for voting!! The hidden results thing is an experiment. We're always changing up little things around here to find what works best. Your dissatisfaction has been noted
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.02.2012 at 04:35  
I think it's best to keep the results hidden. For the suspense.
Mr. Doctor - 09.02.2012 at 19:03  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.02.2012 at 04:35

I think it's best to keep the results hidden. For the suspense.


Yeah, I was kind of lazy before but I want to suggest to keep the hidden too.
Edmund Fogg - 09.02.2012 at 22:24  
Written by Susan on 09.02.2012 at 04:05

Thanks for voting!! The hidden results thing is an experiment. We're always changing up little things around here to find what works best. Your dissatisfaction has been noted


Lol It's more of a surprise then a dissatisfaction really. Don't worry, I won't go all Mobius on your ass.
Mr. Doctor - 09.02.2012 at 23:53  
Daaaaaaaaamn it's hella tight between Morito Ergo Sum and Unbodied for me.
BloodTears - 10.02.2012 at 20:27  
Still don't know how Deathember are not winning this
Mr. Doctor - 11.02.2012 at 03:26  
Written by BloodTears on 10.02.2012 at 20:27

Still don't know how Deathember are not winning this


You aren't Troy. Only Troy had the power to review stuff most people would vote for.
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.02.2012 at 15:44  
Written by BloodTears on 10.02.2012 at 20:27

Still don't know how Deathember are not winning this


becausae they're not as good as ergo Morito Sum and Crowned
Mr. Doctor - 11.02.2012 at 16:03  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.02.2012 at 15:44

Written by BloodTears on 10.02.2012 at 20:27

Still don't know how Deathember are not winning this


becausae they're not as good as ergo Morito Sum and Crowned


Kind of surprised you liked Crowned, don't know why... Probably because of the Striborg comparison. I also thought you were goin to like Unbodied. Ergo Morito Sum the obvious one
crownofflies - 13.02.2012 at 23:46  
Will the votes show at the end of the month?
Mr. Doctor - 13.02.2012 at 23:55  
Written by crownofflies on 13.02.2012 at 23:46

Will the votes show at the end of the month?


Nah, as far as I'm concerned you can vote this whole year. I remember that last year I voted for many issues I forgot to vote on and I'm talking about months old issues...

We use the votes for nominations for the awards so we can't just stop them
Susan - 14.02.2012 at 01:23  
Mr Doc is correct. It's YOUR votes that chose the nominees for the CC of the year in the Metal Storm Awards, so we'll leave the poll open all year. Choose wisely
Alex Fenger - 16.03.2012 at 04:52  
I love the Unbodied EP
A.Ghosheh - 13.04.2012 at 16:54  
Temblad. great music, name, album title and cover.
JD - 25.05.2012 at 17:50  
Voted for Unbodied, pretty awesome songs.
NocturnalStalker - 01.02.2013 at 17:36  
Morito Ergo Sum is definitely my favourite band here. Though, Winter Crescent is also quite good and Crowned is pretty interesting.
Susan - 04.04.2013 at 21:30  
Written by BoxCar Willy on 03.02.2012 at 19:30

Its between Dethmember and Unbodied... hmm...


FYI, Deathember's debut album Going Postal comes out TOMORROW via Violent Groove Music Group. So proud

Here's hoping it's as awesome as the EP! Can't wait to hear it.
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/Deathemberband

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