Clandestine Cuts Vol. 2 #7 - Great New Demos and EPs

Written by: Susan, BloodTears, Abattoir, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor, Milena
Published: 30.10.2012
Clandestine Cuts Volume 2, Issue #6
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight

Welcome to the Clandestine Cuts, where we showcase the best demos and EPs from our favorite up-and-coming bands. Support indie metal: it's the root of all that is good.

REGISTERED USERS!! You will see a poll below this article; please chose your favorite demo/EP of the month. The winners each month are nominated in our annual Metal Storm Awards so exercise your rights: this is the one category chosen completely by YOU, the readers.

Before we get to the music we have some Clandestine Cuts News! Congratulations to Defecto (from Volume 2, Issue #2) for winning the BEST METAL BAND award this past weekend at the Denmark Underground Music Awards. So sweet! Also, new albums are on the way from Black Oak Decline, Air Raid, Nergard, Deathember and several others so get ready for more great indie metal.


January 31, 2013: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you for your votes; find the winners in the Metal Storm Awards 2012 category Clandestine Cut Of The Year and chose your favorite.


Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Contact Susan or email Susan @ MetalStorm . net to submit your music.

In case you're new at this, go back and enjoy our last few issues:
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 2 #3
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 2 #4
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 2 #5
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 2 #6




The Ralph - Fragments
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Spacey prog fusion that is exciting right from the start. This isn't wankery that needs time to grow on the listener; no, this is immediately engulfing of your mind. Tempos never drag, and don't think that they won't throw in some killer heavy tracks either. A few songs feature appropriate female vocals that are well mixed amidst the other instruments, lending a cohesive vibe to this stellar meeting of sounds. Expect great things from this talented Croatian duo.

by Susan





Yama - Seaquake
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Yama is really yummy. Despite of having a bit of "dirt" in their sound. Whether you were lured by the ever-so-fascinating cover art or the enticing title, this band really deserves your attention. Seaquake is a pleasurable mixture between psychedelic rock and stoner with bluesy moves. The Led Zeppelin influence is very blatant and so is their groove. The most striking thing about this EP, however, is the power of the riff. The heavy riff. One after another, over and over again you are hit with this blast of energy that makes your body move involuntarily.

by BloodTears





Your Pain Is Endearing - The Turning of Tides
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The Turning Of Tides is the second EP in row from these guys. Involving a combination of death metal, grindcore, some taste of melody and blasting break downs here and there, this stuff should certainly stimulate attention in mainly the extreme-oriented metal audience. You'll find various fast/not-fast transitions within each song and a dose of ferocious high-energy performance, plus brutally diverse vocals, which are guaranteed persuasive, not to mention one of the ingredients that spices things up even more in here. Endearing or not, The Turning Of Tides for sure is a ruthless piece of music with a more modern approach.

by Abattoir





The Deadstation - Episode 01: Like Peering Into The Deepest Ocean Abyss
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Yes, it progressive metal. No, it's not boring, and I'll tell you why. It's not Opeth or Dream Theater wannabes for starters, so there's no pretentious beating-around-the-bush-atmospherics, nor those in-your-face technical prowess indulgences. It's among the more forward thinking brand of progressive metal, more akin to Protest The Hero and Today I Caught The Plague. In fact, chances are you'll love this if you dig the recent material released by the two bands mentioned above. Yet The Deadstation doesn't sound like copycats either, partially thanks to the djenty sound they employ here, which is, you know, more hipster than black metal these days. This is driven and diverse music with a personal touch that belies the youth of the band's musical career. Vocals may polarise opinions, but I have been eagerly awaiting Episode 2 even before asked to review this overlooked release.

by Ag Fox





Morality Crisis - North
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I'm getting spoiled rotten with these articles when it comes to strong and in-your-face acts. Morality Crisis is a band that takes influences from all that has the ability to sonically punch you in the throat: from grindcore to punk, hardcore to post-metal and of course the main crunchy and filthy sludge sound we all love. Do I really have to say more? Well, excuuuuse me princess for being too busy blasting this mean little beast. I feel like I should say more but the impressive drumming, rocking and heavy-as-yo-momma riffs along with very varied and savage vocals just left me speechless, leaving nothing but headbanging behind - and the same will happen to you!

by Mr. Doctor





Concrete Swine - Ural Express
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I've been looking for some up-and-coming Finnish bands for quite a while now and the gritty metal/hard rock act Concrete Swine kicked my ass. They do not opt for the "cold" metal genres typical of their countrymen, but they are definitely full of sisu. Ural Express is dirty, groovy, and packs a surprising amount of punches for its short length. It smells like the 90's, but the smell is not stale. It's headbang-a-dance-able. What more do you want?

by Milena






 




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Cynic Metalhead - 30.10.2012 at 08:07  
Oh, shit! another bunch of new stuffs lining up here? that's like fuck yeah.

Surely will check it out.

btw, WELL DONE guys..
Bad English - 30.10.2012 at 12:45  
No offense but this is joke .... one band what was not perfect ... YAMA others I give up listeming werry fasy after start , werry week bands
How came in 80's any new band can kick ass , nowdays only 10% new bands can be close to muisc?
Susan - 30.10.2012 at 13:59  
I'll never be able to chose! But in the meantime... can't stop listening to Concrete Swine
Milena - 30.10.2012 at 15:55  
Written by Susan on 30.10.2012 at 13:59

I'll never be able to chose! But in the meantime... can't stop listening to Concrete Swine

I knoooooow. I don't listen to much stuff like that. But HOOKS. I could dance to it all day long.
BloodTears - 30.10.2012 at 19:53  
Wow, The Ralph is awesome! Still need to check out the others better.
Mr. Doctor - 30.10.2012 at 20:00  
Written by BloodTears on 30.10.2012 at 19:53

Wow, The Ralph is awesome! Still need to check out the others better.


I agree.... I'm hella surprised that I'm liking this stuff. The vocals really clicked with me too. Surprising. Still have all the others (except the one I reviewed) to check out.
BloodTears - 30.10.2012 at 20:03  
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I agree.... I'm hella surprised that I'm liking this stuff. The vocals really clicked with me too. Surprising. Still have all the others (except the one I reviewed) to check out.


You still haven't checked out Yama? Shame on you... no, really, blasphemy.
Mr. Doctor - 30.10.2012 at 20:28  
Written by BloodTears on 30.10.2012 at 20:03
You still haven't checked out Yama? Shame on you... no, really, blasphemy.


Give it some time babe. This seems like a strong article so I'm not rushing it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.10.2012 at 20:59  
Yama ALL the way...

Btw this song is already more than a year old

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showreview.php?id=19504&lang=en

and like I said 'Seaquake is their prize song


as for more info read the interview http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showinterview.php?id=3994&lang=en
Bad English - 30.10.2012 at 21:47  
Finaly someone agree whit me here ..........Yama
othersis boring I wont even consider call it metal ...... if such music be came out in 80's all Slayer fans would say they are damn posers .... I wsh i net existed in 80's and I can read all negative naggings about those lame bands
Yama all the f way
Mr. Doctor - 30.10.2012 at 22:24  
Written by Bad English on 30.10.2012 at 21:47
I wont even consider call it metal

Hahaha, one thing is not to like them... Other not making any sense.
earthrug - 31.10.2012 at 02:44  
Morality Crisis owns.
Druss - 31.10.2012 at 03:39  
Torn between Yama and The Deadstation, ''Synergy'' (third song off Yama's EP) was probably my favourite song of this CC edition, but loved the chilled out atmosphere of TD's album (and despite the odd bits of it I found verging on pretentious or ''artsy'', as far as prog goes it really agreed with me). Honourable mentions go to Your Pain Is Endearing (the lil' melodious parts within it kept it together imo) and The Ralph (found this almost infuriating after the first song as I felt it was pretty strong and set out the EP's stock really well but then there was simply too much instrumentals without any great ''relevance'' after that first song, sadly).

Enjoyable Cuts, guys and gals, thanks for all the listening material, and well done
R'Vannith - 31.10.2012 at 04:52  
Morality Crisis gets my vote, they clearly know where they're going with their sound. Yama is pretty good also, Zeppelin worship everywhere! Best track title goes to The Ralph with "Bring Me Your Finest Goat"! It's wonderfully spacious too, djenty but not too djenty.

And my word of the day is "sisu", I've now memorised approximately 1 Finnish concept.

Oh and way to go Defecto!
Mr. Doctor - 31.10.2012 at 11:53  
Written by Druss on 31.10.2012 at 03:39
The Ralph (found this almost infuriating after the first song as I felt it was pretty strong and set out the EP's stock really well but then there was simply too much instrumentals without any great ''relevance'' after that first song, sadly).


I had the same problem... If all the songs were like the first one (I loved the vocals, they should have used them more than just once) I would have a hard time choosing between Morality Crisis and The Ralph.
If Morality Crisis wasn't around I would have voted for Yama or The Ralph but most probably the former.
Druss - 31.10.2012 at 16:40  
^Aye, if all the songs (or at least the majority) had those vocals going, it would've probably gotten my vote. As for my vote, gonna have to go with Yama for the short and sweet factor (and like I said, ''Synergy'' is awesome).
Boxcar Willy - 01.11.2012 at 04:24  
Really liked Yama.
Ag Fox - 02.11.2012 at 10:48  
Wow. The Ralph sounds great indeed. I definitely agree that the first track is the strongest because of the vocals!
as usual, I'm taking my time to check out everything before voting
Rulatore - 03.11.2012 at 01:55  
Although I fear to listen to bands with names with like four words and with "breakdowns" in the description, I tried "Your Pain Is Endearing " and I what a surprise
Edmund Fogg - 05.11.2012 at 07:15  
Morality Crisis or Yama... Need more listens
Machiavelli - 05.11.2012 at 08:14  
Compared to last week this is slim pickins. Yama is the only one here that held my interest. Last week I couldn't decide who I liked more but went for Carneia even though I think Vortex might be winning me over now.
NocturnalStalker - 27.01.2013 at 20:10  
Really strong selection, in my opinion. I had a hard time to decide which band to vote for (well, except for Your Pain Is Endearing). Finally I gave my vote to Yama, though I will be on the lookout for new releases from other artists.

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