Clandestine Cuts #5 - Feat. Mercury Eye, Grimus, Cloud Zone, Elimination, Still Storm, Your Pain Is Endearing, Corrosive

Written by: Doc Godin, jupitreas, Thryce
Published: 11.02.2011
Clandestine Cuts #5
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight

So here it is people! The first Clandestine Cut of 2011! The voting for Clandestine Cut Of The Year in the MetalStorm Awards is going so well we can't not continue on with this new feature! So before we continue - thanks to everyone who took the time out of their busy fapping work schedule to check out some of the up-and-comers and give them a vote. But alas, there's always more...So here is the first batch of new blood to check out! The battle for a nomination spot in the 2011 awards begins right here, right now!

Voting Closed in January 10, 2012




Mercury Eye - Promo 2010
http://www.myspace.com/mercuryeye

Mercury Eye is yet another gothic metal band with female vocals of the pseudo-operatic kind. This kind of music has fairly limited appeal these days and for a band to make any kind of impression it needs to be really phenomenal in some way. Mercury Eye is not phenomental in any way. With this said, the promo is produced very well and is pleasant enough to listen to.

by Jupitreas





Grimus - Gutter Earth
http://www.myspace.com/jerseygrimus

Who's up for some slamming death metal from New Jersey? Slam is like the mother-in-law of death metal: thick and simple, though brutal when needed. Grimus are pretty flat-out solid and all, but don't really do anything to stand out from the rest of the pack. Though if you're into bands like I Declare War and other aficionados who're keeping it real, you are destined to enjoy the fuck out of this rampaging bull of an EP.

EP available for streaming/free download at Purevolume.

by Thryce





Cloud Zone - Demo
http://www.myspace.com/cloudzonemusic

Cloud Zone play a moody mixture of post-metal and djent with very harsh, crusty vocals. Imagine what Neurosis would sound like with Meshuggah riffs and you get a pretty good idea what Cloud Zone is all about. This little demo impressed me a whole lot and I am really looking forward to what these guys can come up with in the future. Cloud Zone gets a full recommendation from me.

by Jupitreas





Elimination - Through the Eyes of Madness
http://www.myspace.com/eliminationband

Elimination is one of those bands that, for some reason, still look up to the dinosaur metal genres like traditional heavy metal, US power metal and 80's thrash. Although the band clearly owns the entire Iced Earth CD collection, they try to recycle as less as possible. With their successful "new tricks with old bricks" approach, Elimination is certainly worth its salt, and they even manage to sound somewhat fresh. Though a 55-minutes full-length is just bound to get pretty repetitive pretty fast.

by Thryce





Still Storm - No Rules
http://www.myspace.com/stillstormtheband

No Rules is a little digital EP filled with mid-tempo, harsh crossover that reminds me of the slower S.O.D./M.O.D. songs and early Prong. The EP is fun enough, but the slow tempos generally don't incite a particularly high amount of excitement. Although a song like "Leave Me Alone" is quite catchy, the band needs to focus on their songwriting abilities because with proper production, their shortcomings will become very apparent. Currently, the amateurish production job gives the EP a punishing Amebix vibe, which works to Still Storm's advantage.

by Jupitreas





Your Pain Is Endearing - Your Pain Is Endearing
http://www.myspace.com/yourpainisendearing

Your Pain Is Endearing submit a far more comprehensive product than most bands do - their EP contains 6 songs and all are mini opuses with a lot of things going on in them. Stylistically, these guys play a mixture of death metal and metalcore. There are some very good riffs here, for example in "The Eden Project: Prototype 71450" rips away with fast and catchy palm muted goodness. They should consider dropping the drum machine though, since it doesn't really work with their music.

by Jupitreas





Corrosive Carcass - Rot.In.Pieces
http://www.myspace.com/recreation666

I've never expressed my appreciation for click-track until now. It's great. Corrosive Carcass should consider looking into it. Ok, fair enough, the sloppy timing isn't something that rears it's ugly head constantly, but it is prevalent enough to be a significant problem. I suppose it also wouldn't hurt to have the drums audible from time to time. Death metal has had some of it's finest moments at it's most simplistic, crustiest, raw pinnacle, but there's a line, and Corrosive Carcass crossed it. It has the potential to be a raw, brutal piece of death metal, however, the recording is so unbelievably amateur none of the potential is really delivered.

by Luke Godin



 




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Troy Killjoy - 11.02.2011 at 16:02  
Judging by the write-ups, I don't think I even need to check any of these out, although the variation in styles is nice.
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.02.2011 at 16:55  
Corrosicve Carcass is a fun piece of old school death metal and should be listened by anyone who hates that modern shit trying to pass themselves as death metal. Raw as fuck, sloppy, clearly inspired by the old school of Swedish death metal and with some grindcore influences.
Susan - 12.02.2011 at 03:58  
I really liked Mercury Eye! Didn't expect to, but turns out I disagree with the description. Their songs on myspace have great energy, a really well focused sound, and are memorable already. The vocals weren't operatic either: on some songs they were low and bluesy and on other songs they were belted in a higher range. Nice group to watch! I'm happy when people figure out how to do this tough genre WELL.

Cloud Zone and Elimination were not spectacular for me but good/nice/enjoyable nonetheless.
Ag Fox - 12.02.2011 at 04:08  
Written by Susan on 12.02.2011 at 03:58

I really liked Mercury Eye! Didn't expect to, but turns out I disagree with the description. Their songs on myspace have great energy, a really well focused sound, and are memorable already. The vocals weren't operatic either: on some songs they were low and bluesy and on other songs they were belted in a higher range. Nice group to watch! I'm happy when people figure out how to do this tough genre WELL.
I totally agree. I checked out all of them today and Mercury Eye is the last, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise!
I_Die_Often - 12.02.2011 at 19:55  
Corrosive Carcass made me feel like I was listening to some really old Sepultura!
Bad English - 12.02.2011 at 21:43  
Elimination I know only Swe and UK bands, I vote for Mercury Eye only who stood out
Doc Godin - 14.02.2011 at 13:15  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.02.2011 at 16:55

Corrosicve Carcass is a fun piece of old school death metal and should be listened by anyone who hates that modern shit trying to pass themselves as death metal. Raw as fuck, sloppy, clearly inspired by the old school of Swedish death metal and with some grindcore influences.

Indeed, and I had that feeling through a few tracks on the EP, but there was quite a number of parts where the timing was god awful, though much of this sounds like the tracking was off, and not necessarily because of poor musicianship.
Array - 01.03.2011 at 18:27  
The most notable tracks [with short description]:

Mercury Eye - Over The Fall [groovy gothic circus]
Grimus - The Situation [die by the GRIMUS]

+ for Corrosive Carcass' sound. Riffs lacked a bit.
Array - 26.06.2012 at 20:22  
Corrosive Carcass' debut coming out this month.
Troy Killjoy - 27.06.2012 at 06:06  
Written by Array on 26.06.2012 at 20:22
Corrosive Carcass' debut coming out this month.

You should message Godin to see if he isn't too busy to review it.

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