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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 Issue #5 - Awesome New Demos and EPs


Written by: nikarg, RaduP, musclassia, Starvynth, Abattoir, Bad English
Published: 06.06.2021


Clandestine Cuts Volume 11, Issue #5
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 radu_patroiu@metalstorm.net to submit your music.)

In case you're new at this, go back and enjoy our last few issues:

Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #04
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #03
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #02

And now to the new music...






Antrisch - Expedition I : Dissonanzgrat (Germany)
[Atmospheric Black Metal]


Antrisch is a new atmospheric black metal band whose name is an Austro-Bavarian term for 'eerie' or 'strange'. Featuring members of the now disbanded folk-black metallers Kromlek, this new formation offers one of the most interesting black metal releases so far this year. Alongside the conventional black metal core, there are many doom and dark ambient passages as well as djenty sprinkles with powerful drumming that make the music quite original and utterly engaging. The lead guitar puts forward some exquisite melodic touches that remain in memory, especially on the third and the fourth track. It is clear that the band members have dedicated a lot of thought and effort to this project since everything is on point in this EP; from their pseudonyms to the cover art and from the songwriting to the production, Expedition I : Dissonanzgrat is high quality material. Antrisch define themselves as 'a musical and lyrical expedition to the heights of the world and the depths of man'. The first expedition was an absolute success and leaves us with great expectations for the next one.

by nikarg






Evelyna - Spun Undirected (USA)
[Post-Black Metal]


The lone commenter on Bandcamp said: "Makes me want to throw down and love at the same time."
Same, bro, same.

Hailing from Alabama, Evelyna is a five piece, and that's about as much as I could find out about them. This is their first release, 25 minutes, and to be completely honest I'm am absolutely baffled that this is how good a band sounds on their first output. Production-wise, chemistry-wise, anything. This not only sounds professional, but also like a band that is so comfortable in the sound that they're doing. Which isn't post-black metal per se, as much as both post metal (complete with post-rock and atmospheric sludge leanings) and black metal (complete with blackgaze and atmospheric leanings), and hell sometimes they sound more like a hardcore band too (mostly in the vocals). In the relatively short runtime of the album, and even within the three songs, they somehow sound like a bunch of different bands, and yet it sticks. I can only imagine how big the impact would be if they had even more space to expand.

by RaduP






Backbone - Grey Foundations Of Stone (Poland)
[Post-Metal]


I have to say, when I heard Melancholia's Static Church in our March edition of Clandestine Cuts, I did not expect to hear a better record featured in the series all year, but Backbone run it close with Grey Foundations Of Stone. Released five years after their first EP, Grey Foundations Of Stone is a towering display of post-metal, an excellent production job bringing force to the trudging riffs, space to the melodic tremolo lines and fire to the roared vocals. Backbone can write some bruising, brooding riffs, but they arguably shine brighter in the more melodic moments, whether it's the mellow interlude "Spectral Blue Moon" or the atmospheric build near the end of "Forest Of Twilight". The clean vocals could perhaps do with some work, but otherwise this is some very well-written, excellent-sounding post-metal, and with nearly 30 minutes of music to sink your teeth into, Backbone lay a very solid foundation for the upcoming debut full-length record that they tease on the EP's Bandcamp page.

by musclassia






Ikarie - Cuerpos En Sombra (Spain)
[Doom Metal | Post-Metal]


Beautiful! - That was the first spontaneous thought that came to my mind when listening to this EP, and that comforting feeling lasted until the very last note. If you associate albums like Brave Murder Day, The Silent Enigma and The Angel And The Dark River with primarily positive memories, then chances are pretty high that you will feel the same way, because Cuerpos En Sombra is roughly oriented towards the very works of Katatonia, Anathema and My Dying Bride which mark the transition from the raw doom/death of the early days to a more melodic and atmospheric approach. Admirably, however, Ikarie never sound like a copy of the aforementioned trailblazers. Instead, they create a kind of musical familiarity that, while reminiscent of their influences, achieves this effect not through particular riffs or melodies that you may have heard somewhere before, but through their very own and excellent songwriting skills. Those who wonder about the professionalism and talent of this project, which was only founded in 2019, have to travel a few years into the past for an answer, because the majority of the musicians involved already worked together in the black metal band Nahemah around the turn of the millennium, which probably also explains the very good production of the five Spaniards' first release.

by Starvynth






Desolate Sphere - The Blackest Desolation (Japan)
[Melodic Death Metal]


Can't be sure when it was the last time I stumbled upon a melodic death metal band hailing from the "land of the rising sun". Well, I'm not sure if I ever have. Nevertheless, Desolate Sphere are here to acquaint us with their first music effort - The Blackest Desolation EP. As a one year old project, the Japanese duo offers no time to think with a straightforward approach, accessibly sounding riffs, several diverse solo inputs and nothing less than blasting drums. In some way it reminds me of Detonation-like melodic guitars (although I have a strong sense it's some other band... can't remember though). With 9 minutes of music and 3 songs in total, this is a quick listen to go through (we get even less in some cases), and as tough as it could be nowadays to be original and creative within the melodic death metal genre, it can be pointed out that the direction of The Blackest Desolation indicates to be a solid standpoint from where to go onward and build upon.

by Abattoir






Death Consumes Us - In Darkness They Decay And Die (UK)
[Gothic Metal]


Once upon a time I came across this tribute album to Type O Negative and for many years I have been searching new bands with a deep, energetic, and vampiric touch, where emotions overdrive the music. Then Death Consumes Us appeared on my radar with a mixture between gothic rock and melodic metal, and even some softer doom vibes, with clean and passionate vocals. If you enjoyed the latest Beseech offer, My Darkness, Darkness, you will enjoy In Darkness They Decay And Die too. It sounds as if young Charon and Embraze joined forces in a new project. So, not really the style of Unto Others or Tribulation, but still pretty good gothic metal.

by Bad English






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Comments

Comments: 26   Visited by: 76 users
06.06.2021 - 23:22
nikarg
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Dive in, people. There is some really good music here for different tastes.

Thanks to Bad English for introducing me to Antrisch.
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07.06.2021 - 00:17
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
I'm very impressed with Antrisch, they sound something like Mgla and Lunar Aurora IMO, I will definitely be keeping a close eye on them in the future, I also am really liking the sound of those riffs from Desolate Sphere.
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07.06.2021 - 00:29
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by nikarg on 06.06.2021 at 23:22

Dive in, people. There is some really good music here for different tastes.

Thanks to Bad English for introducing me to Antrisch.

I am good at beers to man. Thanks for profread
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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07.06.2021 - 09:35
Cynic Metalhead
Nasha Vich Paisa
Written by nikarg on 06.06.2021 at 23:22

Dive in, people. There is some really good music here for different tastes.


Thanks for the Melancholia. It really dug me in. Look forward to future ventures.

As for any Clandestine Cuts, it's really awesome to discover new acts from various genres.

Thanks all for your efforts.
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07.06.2021 - 09:48
Mehrad

Evelyna and Ikarie were the best ones IMO. Antrisch would be the 3rd.
good stuff
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07.06.2021 - 12:02
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Best disvovey was from abbatoir, his intro part was awesome. Japs has old heavy metal, some word doom vibes. But melo dm. Hmmm does south east Asia has such bands?
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07.06.2021 - 13:29
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Bad English on 07.06.2021 at 12:02

Best disvovey was from abbatoir, his intro part was awesome.

Agreed. This is once again a very strong issue and I really enjoyed Evelyna, Backbone and Ikarie in particular, but I guess that the Japanese duo is my favorite of the bunch.


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although I have a strong sense it's some other band... can't remember though

I could be wrong, but a bolt of lightning shall strike me dead on the spot if Desolate Sphere aren't the best The Black Dahlia Murder clone I've heard in years. The high-speed drumming also brings back strong memories of early recordings of Eucharist.
Anyway, a great find for sure.
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08.06.2021 - 15:04
musclassia

Written by Starvynth on 07.06.2021 at 13:29

I could be wrong, but a bolt of lightning shall strike me dead on the spot if Desolate Sphere aren't the best The Black Dahlia Murder clone I've heard in years.


I thought it was more generally Gothenburg-sounding (the more aggressive end of the spectrum, like early Dark Tranquillity) than TBDM specifically, although it's not a bad shout.

Another strong bunch, I would go Backbone>Evelyna>Ikarie>Antrisch - not as keen on the other two, but they're still decent
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08.06.2021 - 19:49
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by musclassia on 08.06.2021 at 15:04

I thought it was more generally Gothenburg-sounding (the more aggressive end of the spectrum, like early Dark Tranquillity) than TBDM specifically, although it's not a bad shout.

Under normal circumstances, I would agree with you, but....
...as you can see, I am still here and unscathed, while you refrained from challenging a potentially lethal force of nature in order to underpin your statement.

Nah, seriously now, you're right about Gothenburg, of course. That's exactly why I had thrown the name Eucharist into the discussion, who in my opinion are the true forefathers and originators of this particular style.
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09.06.2021 - 23:12
Uxküll

Antrisch is a great find, appeals to my nationalism as well
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10.06.2021 - 12:50
Deadsoulman
Clever text
My favourite was Desolate Sphere, nice little fix of fast-paced, aggressive melodeath. The rest was pretty cool as well, especially Ikarie. Happy to see some guys from Nahemah - which, incidentally, was a great prog death band mainly focused on the progressive side of things and not a black metal band after their first album - still going strong. Backbone was quite great too.

I didn't like Death Consumes Us at all though, my were these vocals bad.
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10.06.2021 - 13:30
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Deadsoulman on 10.06.2021 at 12:50

Happy to see some guys from Nahemah - which, incidentally, was a great prog death band mainly focused on the progressive side of things and not a black metal band after their first album - still going strong.

Yeah, you're absolutely right. Maybe I should have said that Ikarie was founded by guitarist Daniel Gil, who only played on the first album Chrysalis (2001), when Nahemah was still a pure (symphonic) black metal band.

Talking about things I left out: the Spanish quintet's eponym is the Czechoslovakian science fiction movie Ikarie XB-1 from 1963, which depicts in oppressive black-and-white images a doomed journey to the end of the universe, overshadowed by mental breakdowns of the crew and a series of other life-threatening catastrophes.
I think that's a pretty excellent choice of name for a doom metal band.
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11.06.2021 - 12:06
Mortimer

Written by Starvynth on 10.06.2021 at 13:30

Written by Deadsoulman on 10.06.2021 at 12:50

Happy to see some guys from Nahemah - which, incidentally, was a great prog death band mainly focused on the progressive side of things and not a black metal band after their first album - still going strong.

Yeah, you're absolutely right. Maybe I should have said that Ikarie was founded by guitarist Daniel Gil, who only played on the first album Chrysalis (2001), when Nahemah was still a pure (symphonic) black metal band.

Talking about things I left out: the Spanish quintet's eponym is the Czechoslovakian science fiction movie Ikarie XB-1 from 1963, which depicts in oppressive black-and-white images a doomed journey to the end of the universe, overshadowed by mental breakdowns of the crew and a series of other life-threatening catastrophes.
I think that's a pretty excellent choice of name for a doom metal band.



Hi guys! Daniel Gil here, only to point that I composed and record "The second Philosophy" album myself along with Pablo (vox) and Paco (guitar) years after Chrysalis 😅, and that we (Ikarie) are delighted to see you and some others liked the Ep!. For those who enjoyed it, the full album will be released after summer.
Thank you! 🤘🏼
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11.06.2021 - 13:35
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Mortimer on 11.06.2021 at 12:06

Hi guys! Daniel Gil here, only to point that I composed and record "The second Philosophy" album myself along with Pablo (vox) and Paco (guitar) years after Chrysalis 😅, and that we (Ikarie) are delighted to see you and some others liked the Ep!. For those who enjoyed it, the full album will be released after summer.
Thank you! 🤘🏼

Man, you should definitely consider sueing your former band mates. I knew that you did the artwork for their three albums and that you produced The Second Philosophy, but strangely enough, your songwriting credits are very well hidden...
I'm afraid they ripped you off.

Just kidding... Welcome to Metal Storm!
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11.06.2021 - 14:48
Mortimer

Written by Starvynth on 11.06.2021 at 13:35

Written by Mortimer on 11.06.2021 at 12:06

Hi guys! Daniel Gil here, only to point that I composed and record "The second Philosophy" album myself along with Pablo (vox) and Paco (guitar) years after Chrysalis 😅, and that we (Ikarie) are delighted to see you and some others liked the Ep!. For those who enjoyed it, the full album will be released after summer.
Thank you! 🤘🏼

Man, you should definitely consider sueing your former band mates. I knew that you did the artwork for their three albums and that you produced The Second Philosophy, but strangely enough, your songwriting credits are very well hidden...
I'm afraid they ripped you off.

Just kidding... Welcome to Metal Storm!


Hahaha, well, unfortunately all my lawyers are pretty busy right now 😎.
Thanks dude 🍻
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11.06.2021 - 16:02
Deadsoulman
Clever text
Written by Mortimer on 11.06.2021 at 12:06

For those who enjoyed it, the full album will be released after summer.


Nice, looking forward to it!
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11.06.2021 - 16:31
Rufus Valentine

Hard to decide as usual - unlike anyone else it seems, I quite liked Death Consumes Us - the vocals are an obvious weak point but the music is actually very strong in my humble opinion.

I also enjoyed Ikarie and Backbone, but that Antrisch EP is fucking awesome and gets my vote.
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12.06.2021 - 01:39
nikarg
Mod
Written by Rufus Valentine on 11.06.2021 at 16:31

unlike anyone else it seems, I quite liked Death Consumes Us - the vocals are an obvious weak point but the music is actually very strong in my humble opinion.

You haven't seen the vote count
I like Death Consumes Us too, even though the vocals are admittedly an acquired taste.

For this issue, my order is Antrisch, Ikarie, Backbone, Death Consumes Us, Desolate Sphere, and Evelyna.
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12.06.2021 - 01:56
nikarg
Mod
Written by Mortimer on 11.06.2021 at 12:06

Hi guys! Daniel Gil here, only to point that I composed and record "The second Philosophy" album myself along with Pablo (vox) and Paco (guitar) years after Chrysalis 😅, and that we (Ikarie) are delighted to see you and some others liked the Ep!. For those who enjoyed it, the full album will be released after summer.
Thank you! 🤘🏼

Welcome to Metal Storm, Daniel!
We are very happy to have you here. We will keep a close eye on your band and I personally am looking forward to the full-length.
I really enjoy the post-metal touch I hear in your death doom and I also love the concept of the EP.
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12.06.2021 - 12:48
Mortimer

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Welcome to Metal Storm, Daniel!
We are very happy to have you here. We will keep a close eye on your band and I personally am looking forward to the full-length.
I really enjoy the post-metal touch I hear in your death doom and I also love the concept of the EP.


Thanks a lot! Glad you liked it!
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15.06.2021 - 15:36
Al-thor

Another great selection, so hard to choose but feel that Antrisch just about sneaks ahead of Ikarie and Desolate Sphere, although the others are all good quality and hard to separate. I do not mind the vocals on Death Consumes Us and find does not distract from the music, seems they have released another demo since this which continues in the same vein which suits me fine
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15.06.2021 - 21:11
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
Written by Al-thor on 15.06.2021 at 15:36

Antrisch just about sneaks ahead of Ikarie and Desolate Sphere.

That's what I would go for in that same order.
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23.06.2021 - 18:23
Tasos M

Honestly this is why I love metalstorm. It would take me too long to discover all those.
Most of the list was more than just average in my ears while Backbone and especially Antrisch were really great! Thank you
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23.06.2021 - 20:46
nikarg
Mod
Written by Tasos M on 23.06.2021 at 18:23

Honestly this is why I love metalstorm. It would take me too long to discover all those.
Most of the list was more than just average in my ears while Backbone and especially Antrisch were really great! Thank you

Thanks for the kind words metal brother
Check out the previous issues, in case you haven't yet. Links can be found in the intro of this article!
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17.08.2021 - 01:44
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Close tie between Antrisch and Backbone for me. But the former won me over because there is some potential for some seriously original music. The djent-touches were quite brilliant and unexpected.
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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07.09.2021 - 12:56
Starvynth
i c deaf people
The link to Ikarie's EP is dead now, but here's very good news for everyone who enjoyed their take on atmospheric death/doom with a touch of post-metal and sludge (I surely did): Daniel has kept his promise; a full-length album of the same title has just been announced for September 24.
Thank you, Mortimer!


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