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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 Issue #3 - Awesome New Demos and EPs

Written by: Nefarious, BloodTears, Ilham, Abattoir, X-Ray Rod
Published: 24.07.2015

Clandestine Cuts Volume 5, 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 traveller 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 favourite 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 favourite 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. 5 #2
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 5 #1
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 4 #5

And now to the new music...

Neck Of The Woods - Neck Of The Woods
Listen at Bandcamp

From the Vancouver neck of the woods comes an interesting preposition. Fans of the "core" persuasion take notice because this will be right up your alley. Neck Of The Woods know how to deliver the technical kind of metalcore with groove and variation for good measure. You can expect infectious riffs, refined bass lines as well as creative guitar melodies throughout. Amidst all the notes acrobatics and onslaught, the foundation is metalcore with progressive leanings. It's all there for the taking.

by BloodTears

Venom Prison - Defy The Tyrant
Listen at Bandcamp

I wouldn't blame anyone for saying they're tired of contemporary death metal. But I would be pretty upset if they did so after listening to Venom Prison's first EP. Mixing just a droplet of old school with the hate and fury of hardcore, their version of death metal is the light at the end of the tunnel you've been expecting for so long.

by Ilham

Shrine Of The Serpent - Shrine Of The Serpent
Listen at Bandcamp

Sludgy death-doomster trio from Portland, Shrine Of The Serpent, offers a 30-minute self-titled debut EP. A spine-chilling atmosphere, flowing through the slowly-moving heavy strikes of drums and boundlessly abrasive guitars. Accompanied by sovereign harsh growls, this installment puts a bar surprisingly high, based on the high quality of the general sound and its production. If this is only the appetizer, than we can expect one hell of a slowly-digesting main course.

by Abattoir

Concatenatus - Meditation Through The Inner Vortex
Listen at Bandcamp

The guitar/drums duo that is the Chilean Concatenatus present us their first demo made of two lengthy tracks (and an ambient intro) of hypnotizing black metal with a hint of doom floating in the air. The style together with the versatile and agonizing vocals reminds me quite a lot of Urfaust, which is never a bad thing. The production is clear enough to let the melodies shine through without losing bite. If well mixed black and doom is your thing, then by all means keep an eye on these guys.

by Mr. Doctor

Criminology - Capitalist Destroyer
Listen at Bandcamp

Sometimes you just don't want anything intelligent, original or fancy, you just want brutal. Brutal gets you pumped, brutal gets you ready for that menial job, brutal makes it possible for you to bear the incessant shrieking of your neighbour's baby and your mother-in-law's nagging. Now replace every instance of the word "brutal" with Criminology. For fans of Suffocation, Decapitated, and the rest of the brutal death land of wonders.

by Ilham

Geist - Faith Healing
Listen at Bandcamp

We need more bands like Geist. Alternating between the uncontrollable madness of hardcore punk done the dirty way, and the most depressing, claustrophobia-inducing sludge-tinted tracks, Geist plays music that resembles our daily lives. No escape, once you press play, you're on for 15 minutes of cathartic hardcore. The best about it is that when you get to end of it, you're awarded with a sample from the dearly missed George Carlin.

by Ilham


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Comments: 3   Visited by: 121 users
24.07.2015 - 23:32
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Benfica fan review. that artwork is just awesome, its like mid 90's doom or real BM... but inside as music it sucks
Good artwork

1th Montpllier review looks like Morbit Angel artwork rip off

I vote for closer to Alps, others even still its not perfect
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
26.07.2015 - 21:07
Account deleted
The first CC I checked in a while, and probably the first one where I simply cannot decide which one I love best.
27.07.2015 - 15:01
Drone Strike
Doomy BM with an Urfaust resemblance? Mmm, consider my curiosity piqued

EDIT: Yeah, this is great. Will make a note to keep an eye on these guys
Check out Apothecary's Favorite Bands Playlist, brotendo. One track per band.

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