If you like your music heavy as a sumo wrestler in a vat of lead, you’re in luck. Tons of metal acts—some familiar, some up-and-coming—will descend upon New York City in a few short weeks, making this year’s Music Marathon the loudest it’s ever been. Here are 10 artists that every metal fan should make a point to check out during Music Marathon week. Now start perfecting your mosh technique—it’s going to be brutal out there.
Take the infectious garage pop of the Hives and add a liberal dose of hardcore punk. Now toss in some guttural growls, and lyrics about Scandinavian folklore, and you have Norweigan six-piece Kvelertak. its self-titled LP was one of the best metal albums of 2010, providing metal fans with a crunchier, riff-ier alternative to all that sludge. Kvelertak’s genre-spanning sound has something for everyone, be it punk fans, metalheads, or just anyone who likes their rock immediate and energetic.
Kvelertak plays Europa on Friday, October 21 as part of the 1000 Knives/MetalSucks showcase and the BrooklynVegan/Rocks Off Concert Cruise on Saturday, October 22.
If you’ve ever played a video game with a plastic guitar for a controller, then you know “Through the Fire and Flames” – the impossibly fast, frenzied anthem from this British power-metal sextet. Dragonforce’s musical calling card is electronic-tinged speed metal, heavily influenced by video games and fantasy. You’ve had your ass handed to you in Guitar Hero – now witness the spectacle in person.
Dragonforce plays Gramercy Theater on Friday, October 21.
One of the more noteworthy members of Tee Pee Records’ psych-sludge-drone empire, Naam combines massive, psychedelic acid-blues soundscapes with muddied black metal guitars and unexpected instrumental choices (who knew a double bass could be so metal?). A must-see for those who like their mosh pits to come with a heavy dose of enlightenment.
Naam plays Union Pool on Friday, October 21 as part of the Tee Pee Records showcase.
This Athens, OH outfit slams thrash riffs against black metal vocals for a brutal sound that’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Lead singer Chance Garnette yowls with a voice that sounds like it’s coated in broken glass over galloping guitar riffs that are as groove-driven as they are grimy.
Skeletonwitch plays Europa on Friday, October 21 as part of the 1000 Knives/MetalSucks showcase and the BrooklynVegan/Rocks Off Concert Cruise on Saturday, October 22.
Need a break from all those growls and grunts? Consider Philadelphia-bred, Brooklyn-based instrumental progressive metal stalwart Dysrythmia, and its twisting, turning epics. The labyrinthian guitar solos coupled with some of the most technically impressive bass playing to be heard in the genre render vocals superfluous.
Dysrythmia plays Union Pool on Saturday, October 22 as part of the 1000 Knives showcase.
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