Clandestine Cuts #13 - The best new demos we've heard this month

Written by: Susan, DerRozzengarten, Troy Killjoy, BloodTears, Xnoybis, wormdrink414, Mr. Doctor
Published: 18.10.2011
Clandestine Cuts #13
Demo/EP Spotlight

The Metal Storm reviewers love bringing you the best new demos and EPs we hear from all metal genres, right here in Clandestine Cuts. The last few issues, however, have been noticeably lacking in DEATH METAL so today we're bringing you not one but two hot new bands to give you some neck damage. Not into death metal? Five other bands to devour. Now kiddies, go listen and vote for the next big thing.

Voting Closed on January 10, 2012

In case you're new at this, you still got time to go back and give our last few issues a listen:
Clandestine Cuts #8
Clandestine Cuts #9
Clandestine Cuts #10
Clandestine Cuts #11
Clandestine Cuts #12

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




Morning Dew - Morning Dew
https://www.facebook.com/Morning.Dew.Music

Morning Dew hail from Italy and dive into the vast meadows (as the cover indicates) of atmospheric black metal with a few doses of melancholy; but there's also a bittersweet vibe. The atmospheric factor is driven by the guitars and the screaming vocals, no keyboards around, only the basic instrumentation. Even when they tend to quicken the pace there's always a sense of melody that's more vivid whenever the chords or acoustic guitars appear. They don't seem to be presenting something new, but they know what they're doing, showing a decent face on their first attempt. Concluding, their first self-titled EP is only a glimpse of their capabilities: pretty nice, but I'm quite sure they have even more to present.

by DerRozzengarten





Pallor Mortis - Pallor Mortis
Listen to all 4 songs here

This Canadian quintet aren't doing anything that hasn't already been done before but their four-track EP still offers what all death metal fans crave: guttural growls, chugging guitars, blasting drums, and catchy songs. Kind of like if Six Feet Under were good. Lyrically they help set themselves apart from typical gore bands in that their primary focus is on notorious historical figures and overlords and the like. Also, they have a chick bassist. I'm assuming she's hot, too, so these guys get bonus points for that. Maybe she'll be the next Jo Bench? Potential babe musician aside (still looking for pics), these guys...and girl...know their shit, they do it well, and they don't waste time fucking around with experimentation. It's death metal. Mosh or GTFO.

by Troy Gallant





Red Sky - Tra l'ombra e l'anima
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Sky/156269647752813?sk=app_178091127385

Tra l'ombra e l'anima (Between Shadow and Spirit) sounds a bit like a revved up Explosions In The (Red) Sky. The post-rock instrumental premise is the same, only the band tosses in the occasional distortion, double bass, while the guitarist stomps his wah-pedal, tremolos, and two-hand taps around the fretboard. Perhaps a bit derivative, but if you enjoy that style, it's worth checking out just for the added oomph.

by BitterCOld





Demolition Train - Kill Your Boss
http://www.myspace.com/demolitiontrain

Nowadays in Greece statements like Kill Your Boss are more representative than ever before. And this is the title of Demolition Train's first EP; a work filled with energy, kick ass attitude and in your face straight forward compositions that are not afraid to speed up even more from what you expected. Imagine Motorhead blending with an early Bay Area vibe and the recipe's complete. Apart from that and despite the fact that the band's not presenting anything new, they do some really good work, especially with the guitars that are not afraid to offer some really inspired and ecstatic solos. And let's not forget the boiling vocals and the raging rhythm section! All in all, we're talking about decent first attempt from a band that loves to rock n' roll the heavy way and they're not afraid to show it, on the contrary.

by DerRozzengarten





Cambion - Last Rites
http://www.reverbnation.com/cambionuk

Melodic death metal, gothenburg and metalcore, all merged into one. And there is more: they even add djent to the mix. And no, it is not a complete schizophrenia. There is method to the madness, but it is fair to say that the band is doing their fair share of experimenting. Alternating between deadly paced riffs, In Flames-like melodies, coordinated technical rhythms and more unassuming structures, Last Rites is as engaging as they come. Even though it is quite heavy and venomous for the most part, there are some acoustic breaks with the occasional solo, and clean vocals that invade and complement the songs. The music of Cambion is ultimately not very difficult to assimilate, it is instantaneous and direct, and it manages to catch the listener off guard right off the bat, throwing unexpected riffs that come out of nowhere. And when it comes to separate the wheat from the chaff, Cambion are on the good side of the fence.

by BloodTears





Assaulter - Crushed By Raging Mosh
http://www.myspace.com/thrashassaulter

So you're seriously hungover from all of the good thrash from this year... pussy. Fine. Instead of wallowing snifflingly in your bed all day, being lashed by War of the Worlds-level invasions of guilt, fearing various cancers and herpes, fearing death in a nursing home, anxious about future-you sucking, and afraid that you're going to puke on your new sheets... thinking that everyone--your friends, family, your fucking pets--think you're a worthless bucket of filth, anxiously wondering about where all the scrapes and bruises on your arms and legs came from, and waiting concernedly for some briefing on how that fruit bat got stuck in your closet... stop. Seriously. Nut up, take an ibuprofen, and take a small slug of this thrash Assaulter's given you. It'll make you feel better. You're probably not a worthless piece of shit and that fruit bat... well, might want to call animal control about that one, but that shit happens to everyone. This EP here provides a short and digestible helping of riffs to ease you back into the ol' day-to-day thrashing the motherfuck out.

by wormdrink414





Masada - Suffer Mental Decay
http://www.myspace.com/masadadasam

Wow… Ok, this is in no way unprofessional. We are talking about members with ties to bands like Immolation, Incantation, Goreaphobia and Grand Belial's Key so it shouldn't surprise me that this demo has such a good quality but still holy shit guys! As you would have guessed already, despite the thrash-like artwork this is a death metal demo and a very impressive one let me tell you. The only problem here is that it's just too short! Two songs clocking around 6 minutes isn't enough time for me to react after my face being ripped off.

First of all, the production is perfect here, you can hear everything but the sound is still really Old-school. It has a bit of technical passages going on as well, mostly notable due to the great bass lines and some odd and morbid riffs that reminds me of bands like Demilich, Autopsy or old Death. Screw the whole name-dropping thing! Let Masada's music speak for themselves. Check out their myspace now!

by Mr. Doctor



 




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Bad English - 18.10.2011 at 11:24  
Werry week this time
my vote goes for greeks
trash the Hellas(litheraly) and thrash it musicaly
Bad English - 18.10.2011 at 11:25  
Hey where is each month voting options
Susan - 18.10.2011 at 15:31  
Written by Bad English on 18.10.2011 at 11:25

Hey where is each month voting options


It's open now. Happy voting
BloodTears - 19.10.2011 at 19:49  
This one's gonna be a tight race.
Troy Killjoy - 19.10.2011 at 20:10  
Written by BloodTears on 19.10.2011 at 19:49
This one's gonna be a tight race.

Pallor Mortis will win. Mark my words.
BloodTears - 19.10.2011 at 21:51  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.10.2011 at 20:10

Written by BloodTears on 19.10.2011 at 19:49
This one's gonna be a tight race.

Pallor Mortis will win. Mark my words.


Well, it is in the lead. I'm sure you have jinxed it somehow though or maybe you paid Marcel to vote for them
Troy Killjoy - 20.10.2011 at 01:48  
Written by BloodTears on 19.10.2011 at 21:51
Well, it is in the lead. I'm sure you have jinxed it somehow though or maybe you paid Marcel to vote for them

No it's because I'm the best and everyone wants to vote for the shit I write about.
Ozman - 20.10.2011 at 03:54  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.10.2011 at 01:48

Written by BloodTears on 19.10.2011 at 21:51
Well, it is in the lead. I'm sure you have jinxed it somehow though or maybe you paid Marcel to vote for them

No it's because I'm the best and everyone wants to vote for the shit I write about.


but you think the latest Shining is good and Nightbringer is top ten of 2011 material and Woods Of desolation is this year's best. So, how the hell can anyone take you seriously? Not a chance in hell, mate.
Ozman - 20.10.2011 at 03:55  
Written by BloodTears on 19.10.2011 at 21:51

Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.10.2011 at 20:10

Written by BloodTears on 19.10.2011 at 19:49
This one's gonna be a tight race.

Pallor Mortis will win. Mark my words.


Well, it is in the lead. I'm sure you have jinxed it somehow though or maybe you paid Marcel to vote for them


I voted for Morning Dew, even though not a single candidate this month was any good, to be honest. But they were the least bad.
Pallor Mortis might be TRYING to play osdm but they aren't any good at it at all
Troy Killjoy - 20.10.2011 at 04:44  
Written by Ozman on 20.10.2011 at 03:54
Not a chance in hell, mate.

We all know your list only consists of revivalist death metal and every doom metal album under the sun Marcel.
BloodTears - 21.10.2011 at 12:19  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.10.2011 at 01:48

Written by BloodTears on 19.10.2011 at 21:51
Well, it is in the lead. I'm sure you have jinxed it somehow though or maybe you paid Marcel to vote for them

No it's because I'm the best and everyone wants to vote for the shit I write about.


Morning Dew is giving you a run for your money!

I still haven't decided on who to vote.
Boxcar Willy - 22.10.2011 at 05:44  
Assualter ftw
qlacs - 22.10.2011 at 22:51  
Don't like any of them, but Pallor Mortis at least sounds good.
Mr. Doctor - 25.10.2011 at 23:34  
Masada was the shit... Can't understand why I'm the only one digging them.
Întunecatul - 26.10.2011 at 16:35  
Cambion and Assaulter best stuff for me
Troy Killjoy - 30.10.2011 at 02:09  
Written by Guest on 30.10.2011 at 00:30
So bye bye 2 bands.

Which two bands?
Mr. Doctor - 30.10.2011 at 16:44  
Written by Guest on 30.10.2011 at 15:45

Written by Troy Killjoy on 30.10.2011 at 02:09

Which two bands?

Demolition Train, Cambion


Yeah... I understand what you mean considering that using metal archives and youtube is so damn hard!!!
Demoliton Train: They have only released one EP: therefore all the tracks on their myspace are from that EP. (Info I got from MA just under 20 seconds)
Cambion: I could easily find some tracks on youtube (under 20-30 seconds).
Boxcar Willy - 30.10.2011 at 18:09  
Pallor mortis is awesome
Mr. Doctor - 30.10.2011 at 22:53  
Written by Guest on 30.10.2011 at 17:46

It's a demo world. Five of the bands are promoting their material/future successfully and their competition tracks are well presented. I respect their work and draw the line here.


...Meh, ok. Masada is still the best....... Although I'm forever alone on that one.
NocturnalStalker - 03.11.2011 at 18:44  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.10.2011 at 22:53

...Meh, ok. Masada is still the best....... Although I'm forever alone on that one.

Not anymore. I'm with you on that.
Mr. Doctor - 03.11.2011 at 20:40  
Written by NocturnalStalker on 03.11.2011 at 18:44

Not anymore. I'm with you on that.


Yey!
Troy Killjoy - 03.11.2011 at 23:08  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.11.2011 at 20:40
Yey!

Share taste in music. TEMPORARY HAVE FRIENDS
Mr. Doctor - 03.11.2011 at 23:12  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.11.2011 at 23:08

Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.11.2011 at 20:40
Yey!

Share taste in music. TEMPORARY HAVE FRIENDS


You are just angry because I didn't vote for your sucky band.
Troy Killjoy - 03.11.2011 at 23:13  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.11.2011 at 23:12
You are just angry because I didn't vote for your sucky band.

6 - 2.
Mr. Doctor - 03.11.2011 at 23:15  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.11.2011 at 23:13

Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.11.2011 at 23:12
You are just angry because I didn't vote for your sucky band.

6 - 2.


Justin Bieber has more fans than Wolves In The Throne Room.
Troy Killjoy - 03.11.2011 at 23:16  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.11.2011 at 23:15
Justin Bieber has more fans than Wolves In The Throne Room.

Justin Bieber has more friends than Wolves In The Throne Room.

/end off-topic I win
Mr. Doctor - 03.11.2011 at 23:18  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.11.2011 at 23:16

/end off-topic I win


Why do you want to make me cry?
A.Ghosheh - 06.11.2011 at 00:45  
As stated Pallor Mortis aren't giving anything new but still they're great...

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