Sweden’s Young Mountain are hot off the release of their debut album “Lost Tree”, which released in September via Zegema Beach/Through Love/Miss the Stars/Pundonor/Dasein records. Focusing more on atmosphere rather than aggression, the screamo/hardcore group have made a name for themselves across Europe, performing at Miss the Stars fest and Fluff fest, two notably large screamo festivals. A few months back I had the chance to interview the band (which you can find here), and today we are happy to be able to premiere their new video for the titular track, “Lost Tree”, which you can find below.
Lost Tree has definitely made my year end list: with the fantastic performances from the band or its brooding atmosphere coupled with nice use of string work, the debut is a great addition to the their discography and definitely has this listener keen to hear what the future has in store for the guys. Be sure to give Young Mountain a like on Facebook and check “Lost Tree” on Bandcamp, your favorite streaming service, or by purchasing a physical from Zegema Beach Records or Through Love Records. Continue reading →
The United States has an astounding extreme metal scene. Black metal, in particular, has quite the variety from around the country and it seems more one man projects and bands are popping up all around. While Florida is particularly known for its root in old school death metal during the 90s, we still see many talented bands come out of the area. The up and coming Florida black metal band Grave Gnosis is the latest act you should be keeping an eye on. Continue reading →
Black metal is a very unique subgenre of extreme metal that is set apart from others by many reasons. Whether it be the common use of lo-fi production, the infamous history, or exhilarating stage theatrics in a live setting, black metal is easily recognizable. One interesting characteristic of black metal is how there seems to be a distinct sound that comes from every country or even parts of certain countries. When black metal is brought up, the initial bands mentioned usually cater to none other than Norway and its infamous second wave scene during the 1990s. This includes bands such as Mayhem, Emperor, and many more. Usually Sweden is followed up after that with a wide spectrum consisting of everything from Bathory to Watain. Finland, Austria, Germany – the list just seems to go on and on. But wait – what about United States black metal? The U.S. has been often accused of not having a good black metal scene due to many bands experimenting with the black metal formula, not having records as good as European bands, etc. As a firm believer that the United States has a growing interest in black metal and is starting to give birth to many new and breathtaking artists, I want to present the argument that the U.S. scene needs to be paid attention to. Here are fifteen artists that support why black metal matters in the United States.