Clandestine Cuts #12 Featuring music from Waldwind, Darknote, Tunguska Mammoth, For Dying Souls, and more!

Written by: Susan, wormdrink414, BloodTears, corrupt, Doc Godin
Published: 18.09.2011
Clandestine Cuts #11
Demo/EP Spotlight

Here at Metal Storm Towers we have sifted through a tasty selection of demos and EPs from the newest bands on the scene; here is a sampling we couldn't wait to share with you. If you find new music as exciting as we do, click on each band's link to hear some free sounds of the future.

Voting Closed on January 10, 2012

In case you're new at this, you still got time to go back and give our previous issues a listen:
Clandestine Cuts #5
Clandestine Cuts #6
Clandestine Cuts #7
Clandestine Cuts #8
Clandestine Cuts #9
Clandestine Cuts #10
Clandestine Cuts #11

Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Contact lyrinan@metalstorm.net and find out.




Waldwind - Blättertanz
Download the full demo here
www.waldwind.com
www.myspace.com/waldwind

Devoted to the beauty of nature, Waldwind deliver a demo of raw folk black metal that almost sounds ambient at times. And they use an interesting set of instruments to say the least. Most notably the trombone is an essential part of a great deal of these compositions, all the while there is just one guitar. This EP thrives on the alternation of raw black metal tunes (with acoustic elements) and melancholic interludes, fuelled by a mediocre production that gives the tracks - and especially the shrieks - enough edge not to sound like the symphonic band next door but truly unique and full of new elements. Too full, one could argue, as the tracks appear a little chaotic at times. But don't let that ruin your experiece. Turn off the lights, put on a candle and lose yourselves in these 26 minues of mysticism.

by corrupt





For Dying Souls - If This Is Forever...
Download the full EP here

So you like metalcore? Great! You'll love For Dying Souls. Oh... you don't like metalcore? Perhaps this Parisian quintet can show you the dark side. It's not necessarily my genre of choice but I have been thoroughly rocking out to this awesome EP. Here's a professional sounding band, polished and ready to go. The songwriting grooves and alternates with melody and aggression in all the right places. It's accessible, yes, let's be honest, but For Dying Souls are one of those solid bands who shows us that commercial potential and accessibility does not have to mean bad music.

by Susan





Orphan Hammer - Orphan Hammer
http://www.myspace.com/orphanhammer

Can't win 'em all I suppose. From one of the members of thinky-thrash metal band Sacred Ally comes Orphan Hammer. Now, as much as I hate to draw direct comparisons between the bands, I have to: this sounds like a bunch of reject back-tracks from Sacred Ally's Reality Hammer. True, it's not all bad, it's just aimless and forgettable. Proggish, instrumental riffing basically sums this up. There's some rough ideas here that could sound pretty wicked with a little work. Taken at face value, however, this is a boring EP.

by Doc Godin





Tunguska Mammoth - First Chapters
http://www.myspace.com/TunguskaMammoth

Out of the Canadian landscape comes Tunguska Mammoth, which judging by its name should be an explosion of some sort. If you think about an explosion, First Chapters would be like the exact moment before all is blown to smithereens. It is a good way to describe the sound of their music because it often withholds the aggression until the very last minute of detonation. They present us a robust stoner/sludge bang of riffs and suitable flashes of hardcore, especially in the moods expressed in the vocals, with no special tricks up their sleeves or forced shenanigans. Is it pure and simple in terms of its process and while some parts deliver echoes of something we might have heard before, this is, for the most part, a set of solid songs. The catchy and groovy melodies will make an impact but it might be lacking the desired lasting effect on the listener.

by BloodTears





Descend Into Despair - Vanity Devotion
http://www.myspace.com/descendintodespair

Get your hazmat suits ready, the pretention detectors are crackling. Descend Into Despair? That's the band's name. And, yep, that's a rose on the cover. And holy fucks, one of the songs is called "Drowning In My Own Ethereal Realm". This could be catastrophic. I'm getting nauseous. Someone get the EIC on the phone!

Butů

There's no but, really. This is a mediocre EP. If you're desperate for some minor, annoying attacks on your serotonin from some overly-synthy funeral doom, pop a few Radaways, drink a Nuka Cola and proceed with caution. You're a masochist. Otherwise, hang back with me in Megaton and avoid all this nonsense.

by wormdrink414





Darknote - Walk Into Your Nightmare
Listen to the entire EP here

Melodic death/thrash from Iceland. Why are we so fascinated by great music coming from small, seemingly isolated countries? The "fascination" factor is not necessary here; this music stands strongly on its own. Darknote couldn't have chosen a better band name, as these songs highlight what is wonderful about "dark" atmospheres. With that darkness, some songs have a very slight gothic vibe, while most others you can firmly feel the thrash and melodeath. Highly melodic, yet enveloped by skillfully harsh vocals and drumming, this band really shows their range. Let the excellent riffing blow your mind and expect to hear more Darknote in your future.

by Susan



 




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Aluminum Alloy - 18.09.2011 at 22:53  
Wormdrink, I'd love to hang with you, but Mister Burke's offer was just too good....
BloodTears - 18.09.2011 at 23:19  
Darknote sounds pretty interesting. I'm gonna explore.
Susan - 18.09.2011 at 23:28  
Darknote IS very interesting But your Tunguska Mammoth is groovalicious. I'm having trouble deciding between 3 or 4 of these!
Doc Godin - 19.09.2011 at 03:04  
Tunguska Mammoth was just thick, groovy and pretty ballcrushing. They got my vote.

Also, wormdrink, that was awesome.
Bad English - 19.09.2011 at 12:37  
Cold not choose between Descend Into Despair and Waldvind, ok Tunguska was good to but not perfect, so I in end choose and vote for .... 1th :p
other bands was crap IMO, nothing to my taste
Ag Fox - 19.09.2011 at 15:23  
Whoops, I was gonna write something up for For Dying Souls, but good job, Lyrinan! I like them too
Mr. Doctor - 19.09.2011 at 16:22  
Written by Ag Fox on 19.09.2011 at 15:23

Whoops, I was gonna write something up for For Dying Souls, but good job, Lyrinan! I like them too


I was actually the one who was going to write about them but I was quite busy (read: lazy as fuck and couldn't come up with something clever) so Lyrinan asked me if she could write about their EP and I said yes.

She did a good job, sums it up better than I could've done. It sounds commercial but it's definitely good. The first 2 tracks are the ones I remember the most and I still play them every now and then.
I will vote asap.
corrupt - 19.09.2011 at 16:37  
And where did all the Fallout references come from?
Susan - 19.09.2011 at 16:41  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.09.2011 at 16:22

Written by Ag Fox on 19.09.2011 at 15:23

Whoops, I was gonna write something up for For Dying Souls, but good job, Lyrinan! I like them too


I was actually the one who was going to write about them but I was quite busy (read: lazy as fuck and couldn't come up with something clever) so Lyrinan asked me if she could write about their EP and I said yes.

She did a good job, sums it up better than I could've done. It sounds commercial but it's definitely good. The first 2 tracks are the ones I remember the most and I still play them every now and then.
I will vote asap.


Ah, so we almost had a fight over this band, sweet Even after I finished the write-up I've still been listening to them. It made me re-examine my feelings towards metalcore and think there might be other decent bands out there worth exploring. With the right label, I could totally see FDS having some real success. Hopefully it'll happen for them.
Mr. Doctor - 19.09.2011 at 17:59  
Written by Susan on 19.09.2011 at 16:41

It made me re-examine my feelings towards metalcore and think there might be other decent bands out there worth exploring.


I highly enjoy The Agonist, their second album is the only album I've listened but it's some high quality metalcore.
Slayer666 - 19.09.2011 at 18:20  
Walwind have a fairly interesting idea, but the execution needs quite some work.
Sound promising for a Demo, though. Hopefully they'll perfect the sound and present it as a killer debut.
corrupt - 19.09.2011 at 18:39  
Written by Slayer666 on 19.09.2011 at 18:20

Walwind have a fairly interesting idea, but the execution needs quite some work.
Sound promising for a Demo, though. Hopefully they'll perfect the sound and present it as a killer debut.

They have a debut that comes with a way better production.

Edit: also, we're on the same post count right now
Timmeh - 21.09.2011 at 00:28  
Fookyer Tunguska Mammoth are hammerin somthing serious, reminds me alot of Mastodon.
Chainer - 27.09.2011 at 02:45  
Written by Timmeh on 21.09.2011 at 00:28

Fookyer Tunguska Mammoth are hammerin somthing serious, reminds me alot of Mastodon.

Agreed, they have a really chunky groovy feel to them. However, as cool as that sounds, its not really up my alley. Waldwind gets my vote.
Should also give a horns up to the staff for yet another great edition of CC.
Mr. Doctor - 02.10.2011 at 21:35  
Darknote takes my vote here, very nice melodies.
Aebsi - 21.10.2011 at 22:33  
Darknote for me, most of the others didn't interest me that much, Tunguska Mammoth seem pretty good also.
NocturnalStalker - 03.11.2011 at 18:09  
Waldwind is the only band that caught my attention so my voice goes for them.

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