Clandestine Cuts Vol. 8 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs


Written by: Nefarious, nikarg, RaduP, Abattoir
Published: 12.11.2018


Clandestine Cuts Volume 8, Issue #3
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight

Brand New Independent Metal Lives Here.
Welcome to the Clandestine Cuts!


Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller of the metal world, rest here a while. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future.

Metal Storm users: you can vote in the poll below to choose your favourite demo/EP of the issue. The winners each year are nominated in our annual Metal Storm Awards so exercise your rights: this is the one category chosen completely by YOU the readers. Make sure your favourite independent metal is recognized each year!

(Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Email demos@metalstorm.net to submit your music.)

In case you're new at this, go back and enjoy our last few issues:

Clandestine Cuts Vol. 8 #2
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 8 #1
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 7 #1

And now to the new music...



Marrasmieli - Marrasmieli
Listen at Bandcamp

Marrasmieli is the self-titled debut EP from a talented trio of Finnish musicians that play a very engaging & melodic form of Pagan Black Metal. While not the most original music you will have heard, there is a real sense of authenticity & quality on display here that really help make Marrasmieli stand out among their peers. Featuring two tracks & clocking in at just under 20 minutes, this little EP shows a lot of potential as it whets the appetite & leaves you wanting more.

by Nefarious





Apognosis - Cult Of Human Sacrifices
Listen at Bandcamp

Here's some bias for you Metalstormers: when it comes to black metal, Greeks do it better. Apognosis (translation: despair, hopelessness) is another one-man band coming from this small south-east corner of Europe where the weather is always warm and sunny but the riffs are grim and cold. Atmosphere is a key component here and Cult of Human Sacrifices takes you on a dark, progressive journey through desolate lands of eternal plague. The tempo is ever-changing; driving and galloping riffs repeatedly hurt every inch of your body, before melodic and ritualistic tremolo picking leeches suck whatever life is left out of you. Apognosis describes his music as "esoteric psalms for the transcendent black hearts". And transcendent it is, all right.

by nikarg





Cryptic Hymn - The Vast Unknowing
Listen to Bandcamp

Cryptic Hymn are a four-piece from Louisville, KY featuring current and previous members of Anagnorisis and Voyage Of Slaves. They identify themselves as blackened death metal, which is only partly accurate because there is also a strong technical element in their music. Avoiding the often-encountered aimlessness of contemporary tech-death, Cryptic Hymn offer two very well-built and excellently executed compositions with double vocals, amazing lead guitar work and a very audible bass (yeah!). To make things even more intriguing, "False Awakening" features a solo by Malcolm Pugh (Inferi, A Loathing Requiem) and finishes with choral vocals courtesy of Mike Low (Inferi, Oubliette) and Emily Low (Oubliette).

by nikarg





Killer Victim - Terror State
Listen at Bandcamp

Do you remember the time back in the early 80s when hardcore releases were about 10 minutes long with songs barely scratching the 2 minutes mark? Formed by the vocalist of sludge band Mediocracy after their break-up, Killer Victim should scratch that itch you feel for short bursts of social rebellion. Even though some of the songs are in Romanian, more than half are in English and I'm sure the issues are universal enough that it could ignite sparks of rebellion regardless. The band chose the title to have a double meaning, Terror State could both be a state of terror or a terrorist state. Despite it being grounded in 80s hardcore, you'll find short bursts of black metal or sludge or metalcore or grindcore or crust punk, enough so that the 16 minutes of violence are musically interesting enough to do more than just vent anger and frustration, especially during the last track, the longest song on the album.

by RaduP





Plaguestorm - Eternal Throne
Listen at Bandcamp

You're tired of black metal that repeats the same riff over and over to create atmosphere? You'd rather have something with riffs and solos that give hints of Mercyful Fate and Bulldozer? Something like that but a bit more chaotic and kvlt? You came to the right place! Plaguestorm have been trying to get Eternal Throne out since 2015, when they recorded it after two kvlt demos, so if you think that it doesn't fit in a 2018 list, be my guest. But since Helter Skelter Productions only made it available now, we can enjoy the Swedish duo's 20 minutes of riffs and tortured vocals with black metal's famous recorded-with-a-potato production quality.

by RaduP





Void Rot - Consumed By Oblivion
Listen at Bandcamp

Void Rot, a Minneapolis-based death/doom bringers, provide a mesmerizing, crushing aural sensation with Consumed By Oblivion. Drenched with demolishing slowly-paced death metal rythm on one side and unmerciful shattering beats on the other. Spreading abrasive, raw guitar riffs create and give more darkened atmosphere to the overall sound. Consumed By Oblivion might offer "only" a bit less than 16 minute of music, but you can get a strong sense, that the band achieved a seriously high level of inspiring, massive, mind-wrecking death/doom sound.

by Abattoir







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Comments

Comments: 8   Visited by: 49 users
13.11.2018 - 22:32
Bad English
Masterchief
Nice one, nice to see MS has som metal wrioters, I wish we could find 3-4 new trOO metal orinated writers and as Primordial sings, left toe old souls to bleak ...
amazing reviev, I like your work saloniki Nick and Transilavian patron Radoy (but not all but 80%)

More things like this in all sections.
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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13.11.2018 - 22:39
Bad English
Masterchief
I vote for cold, snow, winter, sun never shines at this time and darkj, black, cold metal-----sorry hellenic beaches and shores , raki, ouzo, postario oinios was secend place, even some way better, but I am longing to place where I belong.
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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14.11.2018 - 18:17
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
My favourite here is easily Void Rot. But why are they featured here? They are signed to Everlasting Spew Records/Sentient Ruin Laboratories.

I Always thought Clandestine Cuts was for unsigned bands?
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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14.11.2018 - 18:20
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
I see that Marrasmieli and Plaguestorm are also signed, to Naturmacht and Helter Skeletewr respectively.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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14.11.2018 - 19:32
Maco
Carnivore
Void Rot is cool but way too unidimensional.
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Anti-PC
Fuck what you think is correct and righteous.
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15.11.2018 - 01:41
nikarg
Old Nick
Written by Bad English on 13.11.2018 at 22:39

I vote for cold, snow, winter, sun never shines at this time and darkj, black, cold metal-----sorry hellenic beaches and shores , raki, ouzo, postario oinios was secend place, even some way better, but I am longing to place where I belong.

No worries mate, it's nice that you listened and commented. Btw I'm from Athens not Thessaloniki
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15.11.2018 - 17:57
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.11.2018 at 18:17

My favourite here is easily Void Rot. But why are they featured here? They are signed to Everlasting Spew Records/Sentient Ruin Laboratories.

I Always thought Clandestine Cuts was for unsigned bands?

Seems like the criteria has loosened lately

I guess as long as they haven't released a full length and it wasn't released on a big label it gets a pass
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Okay, this is epic!
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16.11.2018 - 17:47
Nefarious
Doom Knight
We've actually featured a fair few signed bands over the years.

Unsigned is certainly preferred, but if the band are signed to a 'small' label, the band is relatively unknown & have a limited discography with no full lengths then they fit with the spirit of the CCs
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