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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 Issue #9 - Awesome New Demos and EPs


Written by: nikarg, RaduP, musclassia, Starvynth
Published: 11.10.2021


Clandestine Cuts Volume 11, Issue #9
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 nikarg@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 #08
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #07
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #06

And now to the new music...






Thymele - Echoes Of Tragedy (Portugal)
[Melodic Death Metal]


Thymele is a new band by Portuguese composer / producer / musician Nuno Filipe and Dutch vocalist Gerrit Dries. Both artists are involved in other bands that - if I am not mistaken - haven’t released any full-length albums yet. This one is a melodic death metal project with quite a lot of keyboards used that give it a bit of a symphonic touch or sometimes even a synthwave twist, like it happens on “Redemption”. The songs are very melodic with hooky riffs and nice lead guitar harmonies, while the vocalist uses both harsh growls and soothing cleans. Although I really enjoyed the first three tracks and the immediate impact they have, I found the 10-minute closer “The Darkest Day” quite adventurous and darker than the rest of the material, especially its second part. Nuno Filipe, who wrote the music and plays all instruments, claims that Thymele’s sound is a mix between Evergrey, Insomnium, and Scar Symmetry. I wouldn’t say that he is far off with this description and I would expect fans of these three bands to appreciate the music of Thymele.

by nikarg






Ghetto Ghouls - The Horror Of Party Beach (Norway)
[Crossover Thrash Metal]


In the immortal words of Dead Kennedys, since echoed by Napalm Death, nazi punks must indeed fuck off. But Ghetto Ghouls decided that is not just nazi punks that ought to fuck off, as their newest EP opens with "Surf Nazis Must Die!". Though I can get behind the sentiment, I am a bit baffled as to what connection a Norwegian band would have with surf, but The Horror Of Party Beach is, as the band calls it, "an ode to surf horror". And I can see why, the whole aesthetic of the band clearly inspired by B-movie exploitation horror flicks. And as far as their sound goes, speed is the name of the game. A surprisingly strong production, enough lyrical and musical creativity to somehow manage to evoke the album's theme. Two vocalists. Thoroughly recommended for a circle pit in the sand.

by RaduP






Forebode - The Pit Of Suffering (USA)
[Sludge Metal]


Coming from Texas, Forebode deliver a very Southern strain of sludge on The Pit Of Suffering. With nearly 30 minutes of dense, swampy, groovy sludge to stick your teeth into, The Pit Of Suffering adeptly combines bluesy swing with gargled growls, fiery guitar tones and stomping doomy trudges. The album is tagged as ‘blackened sludge’; to be honest, I don’t hear much black metal in The Pit Of Suffering, but I also don’t think any is necessary. These riffs hit hard, the slick Southern guitar leads nicely conjure the spirit of bands such as Down, and Forebode are equally capable of slowing things down into ponderous doom territory as they are at moving along with swagger like on “Bane Of Hammers”. Nothing innovative, but The Pit Of Suffering offers a hearty slice of the kind of degenerate fun that similar bands such as Hollow Leg have gleefully offered in recent years.

by musclassia






Dark Watcher - Hymns Of A Godless Land (USA)
[Country Black Metal]


Picture this: You're in an Untamed Land. You're just a Wayfarer traveling with your family in search of greener pastures, but there is no law where you're at. You notice a fresh Hoofmark that looks suspicious. Before you know it, a red haired bandit and his gang have surrounded you. You're now a prisoner. He escorts you to a cemetery and hands you a shovel. "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend; Those with riffs and those who dig. You dig." He suddenly drops dead on the ground. You look to see who dealt the blow. It's a Dark Watcher. It's Winnetou wearing corpse pain. Sergio Leone is confused in his director's chair.

by RaduP






Derelicted - 4th Age (Germany)
[Melodic Death / Doom Metal]


The cover art of 4th Age is what drew me into it in the first place, vaguely reminding me of Rotting Christ’s A Dead Poem, and the music is what made me stick to it. This one-man band from Germany plays a beautiful brand of melodic death doom with an interesting progressive touch. The two instrumental tracks that close this EP are the ones that showcase these progressive tendencies the most, while the first two manifest some gothic leanings. I really like the bass tone on this and how audible that instrument is in general, and I believe that the next step for Derelicted should be a human drummer. If you are a Tolkien fan, you’ll be pleased to know that 4th Age is dedicated to Tolkien’s universe, with “Lorien” talking about the Elves and their departure from Middle-Earth, and “Somber Times Of Yore”’s lyrics being about the Dead Marshes.

by nikarg






Lost And Alone - Tears Of The Moon (USA)
[Atmospheric Black Metal]


Only three songs in 10 minutes' running time; that's quite unusual for a genre that defines itself, among other things, by artificially prolonged intros, slowly developing song structures, repetitive riffs, epic melodies, and never-ending keyboard interludes. Lost And Alone, the Californian one-man black metal band of Jeron "Temporxry" Concepcion, proves that it doesn't always have to be that way. Two songs on this 3-track EP are less than three minutes long, and yet Temporxry always manages to get to the point in that short amount of time without the songs seeming incomplete or lacking anything. Although synthesizers are used only when absolutely necessary, they are the secret star on the project's first release, entitled Tears Of The Moon. Supported by the catchy guitar work and the slightly croaking vocals, the synths provide a warm and familiar, but at the same time somehow eerie atmosphere, that makes you long for the first cold autumn nights, so that you can finally walk all alone through the damp and foggy forest to comfort the weeping moon.

by Starvynth






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Comments

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11.10.2021 - 12:09
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
Dark Watcher is just about my favourite only just ahead of Thymele, the blend of country western and black metal couldn't of been done any better on this, the atmosphere is great, and the melodies are stunning! It's some of the best black metal I've heard in a long time.

I also very much enjoyed Thymele, they remind me of the Dark Tranquillity of old, in fact I enjoyed it better than Dark Tranquillity's last few albums, the riffs are very catchy, the synths are very melodic, the blend of the clean and harsh vocals work incredibly well, although I prefer the harsh to the clean on this. I believe they have the potential to be up there with Insomnium imo.

Forebode was also great, seriously heavy stuff, Ghetto Ghouls was highly enjoyable, despite the silly theme, Derelicted and Lost And Alone were also very good.

As usual I'm impressed with them all, and this has to be my favourite bunch so far. Thanks very much for introducing us all to this great music guy's

1. (Dark Watcher) - Hymns Of A Godless Land 9/10
2. (Thymele) - Echoes Of Tragedy - 8.5/10
3. (Forebode) - The Pit Of Suffering - 8/10
4. (Derelicted) - 4th Age - 7.5/10
5. (Ghetto Ghouls) - The Horror Of Party Beach - 7/10
6. (Lost And Alone) - Tears Of The Moon - 7/10
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11.10.2021 - 13:12
musclassia

Really solid mix of Evergrey with more melancholic melodeath on Thymele, and Dark Watcher is a great new entrant in the 'Western black metal' category. Tough choice between those two and Forebode.
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11.10.2021 - 14:04
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
Oh ma boy Dark Watcher is here! Of course I'm voting for the weird.
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11.10.2021 - 14:07
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
Written by Karlabos on 11.10.2021 at 14:04

Oh ma boy Dark Watcher is here! Of course I'm voting for the weird.

I think it was you who initially introduced me to Dark Watcher
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11.10.2021 - 14:50
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Tage Westerlund
Cool I like nazies must fooling drawn, lost n alone artwork was super cool like old mayhem, country black artwork was cool, German band to. Hard to choose
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11.10.2021 - 18:03
NAnsari

Thymele was a great listen and got my vote, though I felt the vocals couldn't match the instrumentation. Especially the cleans, which sounded strained. Ghetto Ghouls was fun for a song or two while Lost And Alone was a nice surprise.
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11.10.2021 - 22:29
nikarg
Mod
Written by Karlabos on 11.10.2021 at 14:04

Oh ma boy Dark Watcher is here! Of course I'm voting for the weird.

Yeah, thanks for the rec! I got to know them because of your comment in the New Album Recommendations thread and, even though I prefer their previous EP, this is still really good.
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12.10.2021 - 15:14
Rufus Valentine

I love Clandestine Cuts and this has to be one of the best so far this year. Kita's Ocean of Acid EP (from the May edition) remains my favourite but there are some very strong contenders here.

I genuinely found merit and enjoyed listening to all of these. Maybe I'm not in an experimental mood, but I found myself drawn to the artists that perhaps fit my tastes the most.

1. Forebode (Surprised that this hasn't been mentioned more by the posters here - every track is killer)
2. Derelicted (This is a serious grower - and I enjoyed the Tolkien theme - would love to get the lyrics to these songs)
3. Dark Watcher (Very good black metal - my only small gripe would be that they should incorporate more of that Spaghetti Western vibe)
4. Ghetto Ghouls (Crossover which is heavy on the hardcore punk side is always going to grab my attention - and this has great humour and is fun to listen to)
5. Lost And Alone (Really enjoyed the new wavey synths in this - would have liked more focus on those synth stabs but still had a really nice almost post-punk vibe)
6. Thymele (I can see why some people rate this highly - it's accomplished melodeath that was good and well composed but a little too melodic for my tastes)

Top work as usual.
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12.10.2021 - 17:11
musclassia

Written by Rufus Valentine on 12.10.2021 at 15:14


1. Forebode (Surprised that this hasn't been mentioned more by the posters here - every track is killer)



I think most people are distracted by Dark Watcher, which is completely fair as it's a really interesting record, but I agree; I was very pleased when I discovered the Forebode EP and immediately lined it up for this issue of Clandestine Cuts, it's straightforward Southern sludge but done excellently with real fire in their sound
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12.10.2021 - 17:56
Vocalist from Forebode here. Just wanna say thanks for including us in this Clandestine Cuts and for all the kind words! Bang your head!
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12.10.2021 - 21:59
Mehrad

Between Forebode and Thymele for me. "Metal Slug" is filthy as fuck, but also "Eternal Shadow" is so beautiful, the whole EP is. I'll go with Thymele, because I generally find melodic death to be the least interesting type of death (other than OSDM) but these guys made it very very enjoyable for me. Forebode is overlapping with heaviness and nastiness, that would be a close second.
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12.10.2021 - 23:40
Rufus Valentine

Written by musclassia on 12.10.2021 at 17:11

I was very pleased when I discovered the Forebode EP and immediately lined it up for this issue of Clandestine Cuts.


Quality digging mate.
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14.10.2021 - 08:08
nikarg
Mod
Written by Rufus Valentine on 12.10.2021 at 15:14

2. Derelicted (This is a serious grower - and I enjoyed the Tolkien theme - would love to get the lyrics to these songs)

The lyrics are available on the band's Bandcamp page

p.s. Thanks for the support to this article every month!
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14.10.2021 - 08:15
Rufus Valentine

Written by nikarg on 14.10.2021 at 08:08

Written by Rufus Valentine on 12.10.2021 at 15:14

2. Derelicted (This is a serious grower - and I enjoyed the Tolkien theme - would love to get the lyrics to these songs)

The lyrics are available on the band's Bandcamp page

p.s. Thanks for the support to this article every month!


No worries mate. Will check out the Bandcamp tonight.
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14.10.2021 - 12:13
Deadsoulman
Clever text
I'm gonna have to go with Dark Watcher, who edged out Forebode at the last minute. Country BM may be just a fad, but a fad that produces music of that quality is fine by me. Forebode was awesome as well.

Actually, I think it's the first time I enjoyed all the cuts.

Dark Watcher > Forebode > Ghetto Ghouls > Derelicted > Thymele > Lost And Alone
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15.10.2021 - 11:12
Grouch Douglas
Enigma
That Thymele EP is some good stuff. I followed them on bandcamp, will be looking forward to a full length.
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