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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs

Written by: Nefarious, Troy Killjoy, Abattoir
Published: 19.09.2014

Clandestine Cuts Volume 4, Issue #3
The Metal Storm Demo/EP Spotlight

Brand New Independent Metal Lives Here.
Welcome to the Clandestine Cuts!

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveler of the metal world, rest here a while. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future.

Metal Storm users: you can vote in the poll below to choose your favorite demo/EP of the issue. The winners each year are nominated in our annual Metal Storm Awards so exercise your rights: this is the one category chosen completely by YOU the readers. Make sure your favorite independent metal is recognized each year!

(Think your band has what it takes to be featured in the Cuts? Email to submit your music.)

In case you're new at this, go back and enjoy our last few issues:
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 #2
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 #1
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 3 #7

And now to the new music...

Raum Kingdom - Raum Kingdom
Listen at Bandcamp

This Irish quartet's debut EP takes the listener on an incredibly emotional journey, traveling through the murkiest and most vile parts of the human psyche with an overwhelming sense of desperation. Buoyed by an immense and suffocating atmosphere, these Cult Of Luna sound-alikes bring with them a more aggressive and simultaneously depressive approach to their brand of post-metal, brilliantly summed up in a heartfelt 3-minute spoken word passage halfway through. If you hate your life, Raum Kingdom are here to help make it worse.

by Troy Killjoy

Kali - Kali
Listen at Bandcamp

If you liked the more atmospheric and somewhat experimental direction Tool took with 10,000 Days, then Kali is a band you should familiarize yourself with immediately. Employing a similar sound that straddles the line of progressive rock and metal, Kali is a well-constructed EP featuring evocative clean vocals, smooth and thoughtful riffs, and appropriately relaxing drum work. The casual vibe suits the band well, with contrasting bombastic moments interspersed to keep the listener's mind from wandering too much, as this is music to pay attention to.

by Troy Killjoy

Torrid Husk - Caesious
Listen at Bandcamp

West Virginia's trio Torrid Husk conveys an atmospheric black metal in its purest form. Caesious is an EP of three tracks that portrays and offers a blasting experience of versatile patterns, which can be identifiable with the main structure and characteristic of atmospheric black metal sound. Caesious won't give you much time to rest, while it offers abrupt and appealing passages, insanely pounding all over the place. Torrid Husk wrapped all this with quite impressive production, filled with black metal joy that won't leave you indifferent.

by Abattoir

Fever Sea - Fever Sea
Listen at Bandcamp

Fever Sea had the unfortunate task of having to follow up The Deluge, their impressive 2012 debut EP, and they did so in equally impressive fashion with this self-titled release. In spite of shaking up their lines, the music remains the same at its core, in all its maturity. The band describes their sound as "music with weight", which couldn't be more accurate. Combining hints of extremity and beautiful melodies with catchy riffs, Fever Sea have once again captured lightning in a bottle thanks in large part to their captivating songwriting. By far one of the most professional-sounding unsigned bands out on the free agent market.

by Troy Killjoy

Myopic - Beyond the Mirror's Edge
Listen at Bandcamp

What if I told you there existed a band that combined elements of virtually every extreme metal sub-genre, and managed to do so in a comprehensive, almost accessible way? Myopic have conquered this feat with a delightfully dirty EP called Beyond the Mirror's Edge. This American trio, signed to Grimoire Records, can crush and maim or lull and seduce - at will, mind you - and they showcase their talent with a mix of mesmerizing and barbaric guitar work. They also know how to have fun and let loose, as shown on their cover of Carbonized's "Lord of Damnation". Whatever your brand of extremity, Myopic are sure to entertain.

by Troy Killjoy

Wild Throne - Blood Maker
Listen at Bandcamp

Coming in at just over 16 minutes, this three-track EP by Bellingham, WA's Wild Throne may be short but oh boy is it sweet! There is an undoubted Mastodon influence going on here but despite this, Wild Throne have come up with a sound which is entirely their own as Blood Maker's interesting blend of stoner rock & progressive metal is as energetic as it is memorable. While not without its flaws, there is a great deal of potential on display here, leaving little doubt that Wild Throne have a bright future ahead of them.

by Nefarious


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Comments: 6   Visited by: 100 users
19.09.2014 - 17:04
Cynic Metalhead
Paisa Vich Nasha
Troy has done his homework quite well.

New stuffs up on Clandestine, I'll make sure I gotten to listen all these artists as soon as possible.
20.09.2014 - 01:39
Troy Killjoy
Torn between Raum Kingdom and Fever Sea. Surprised the latter hasn't been signed yet, I think they show some serious potential to become a household name in the metal scene.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
22.09.2014 - 19:09
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
A loner .... a loner from Ontario who likes some think in Colorado, all your reviews were good, but somehow after listening I chose Slovenia ... just article written there about some new continent band... their music I like batter
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
10.10.2014 - 03:53
Pvt Funderground
I don't have anything better to do. So I will listen to this.
Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
10.10.2014 - 13:35
X-Ray Rod
Loved Raum Kingdom. Definitely the most memorabe to me.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
12.10.2014 - 06:36
Kali was gorgeous; though the vocals were a bit amateurish at times, they were awesome often enough to complement the music very well. Even if I don't end up voting for it, I'll definitely download and enjoy it.

Wild Throne was WAY fun, and awesome that they're from Bellingham!

Raum Kingdom started well, but then I read in Troy's review that there was going to be a 3 minute spoken-word passage. No thanks; kinda my pet peeve

I'm excited to listen to the others and vote soon!
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs

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