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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 12 Issue #2 - Awesome New Demos and EPs

Written by: nikarg, musclassia, Starvynth
Published: 13.03.2022

Clandestine Cuts Volume 12, Issue #2
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. 12 #1
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #12
Clandestine Cuts Vol. 11 #11

And now to the new music...

Sunriseless - Dualism (Brazil)
[Melodic Death Metal | Deathcore]

Sunriseless is a one-man project by Brazilian musician and producer, Michel Oliveira. He is part of a few other bands in the djent / progressive / alternative metal spectrum but Sunriseless is totally his own child since he has done everything himself on this debut EP. The music of Sunriseless is a fairly technical hybrid of melodic death metal and deathcore. There are different vocal approaches, from deep death metal growls and blackened shrieks to melodic clean ones. The production is very clear and polished, and the result sounds very professional. Song #2 ("Tela") is probably the catchiest of the bunch but all the tracks have hefty doses of groove, hooks, breakdowns, and melodies to grab your attention and keep it undivided throughout Dualism's runtime.

by nikarg

Desolate Grave - Det Sista Steget (Sweden)
[Symphonic Doom Metal]

Det Sista Steget (which popular search engine translation tools tell me means ‘The Last Step’) is the debut release from Desolate Grave, a project led by David Mauritzon (Sign Of Cain, amongst other bands) that has, after over a decade on the backburner, finally been brought to life. With a history in death and doom metal bands, it’s unsurprising that Mauritzon’s one-man project is also on the heavy side; however, there’s a symphonic grandeur to the hefty, plodding doom heard on Det Sista Steget. The vibrant synth arrangements on “Nezariy” add a majestic and fantastical contrast to its grim death/doom base, while the stirring violin sounds and melodic cleans (from guest Sandra Mattsonn) add a folky charm to the climax of closing song “Lariysa”.

by musclassia

Urzah - II (UK)
[Sludge Metal]

Self-described as ‘earthy noise from Bristol’, Urzah are at their basest description a sludge metal band, but such a simple tag would overlook the Gojira-isms, the clean post-metal expansions, and the proggy song structures and use of complex rhythms, all of which are found already within the first song “Where Is Your Sun?/Bloodrite”. There is perhaps room to grow still in finding the most natural way to fuse these ideas together into a flowing song, but the ideas themselves are great; what’s more, there’s also a nice degree of variety on the record. While that opening song is relatively brooding (albeit with an energetic midsection and a crushing outro), “Greedbather” is an uptempo punky cut, while album highlight “Shards” borrows elements from epic stoner bands such as The Sword with its slick guitar leads, emphatic solo and huge-sounding climax.

by musclassia

Old Spirit - Old Spirit (USA)
[Psychedelic Heavy Rock]

Old Spirit is the project of Jason Hartman of Vanishing Kids and Jex Thoth fame. On this self-titled debut, he is responsible for all instruments, vocals, programming, engineering, producing, and mixing. Sounds like a lot of work, especially if you take into account what a mindfuck this release is. Standing on a foundation of psychedelic heavy rock, the music takes various different forms alluding to styles that do not easily mix; you will find ‘70s/’80s classic heavy metal here, proto-black, stoner, grunge, a bit of electronic… you name it. Sounds of Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost, Melvins, and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown are melded in an alchemical experiment, making Old Spirit impossible to fit into a specific genre. Instruments and sounds are found together in places no one would normally expect to find them. On paper, all this should not work, but it mysteriously does. It is quite wacky, but also very enjoyable.

by nikarg

Eisengrind - As Above – So Below (Germany)
[Melodic Black / Death Metal]

Blackened melodic death metal may not be the most innovative music genre, but every now and then new bands emerge from the underground to deliver an excellent job right from the start, and Eisengrind from Karlsruhe is one of these bands. The German foursome has packed six songs on As Above – So Below, and already the first track, the band anthem "Eisengrind", surprises with a modern, powerful sound and an unexpectedly professional production. This professionalism runs like a red line through the entire EP, which offers a refreshing mixture of memorable choruses, catchy hook lines and pointed songwriting with groove, melody and punch. The biggest surprise, however, is that Eisengrind is a new band consisting of almost completely unknown musicians, as their first EP conveys the exact opposite of inexperience.

by Starvynth

Pušča - Éphémère (Ukraine)
[Post-Black Metal | Blackened Hardcore]

Valir, Seira, Yusuf and Xosé are young musicians from Lviv who came together in 2018 to create music that is very evocative, but pretty difficult to classify. Somewhere between post-metal, atmospheric black metal and post-hardcore there was a gap in the musical landscape, and Pušča fill that gap with an energetic mixture that occasionally reminds of L'Homme Absurde, but the four Ukrainians take it up a notch in terms of intensity, and that's especially due to the vocal abilities of their female vocalist. Seira, who sings and growls in French, takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride of deep despair and seething rage, providing a whole series of goosebump moments for each of the five songs featured on the band's first EP. On a side note, if you happen to have seen the Icelandic movie Metalhead, the last track may sound familiar: "Svarthamar" was originally composed by Pétur Þór Benediktsson and is part of the soundtrack.

by Starvynth


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Comments: 11   Visited by: 87 users
13.03.2022 - 10:20

One of the strongest CCs we've had in a while I think - wasn't initially convinced by Old Spirit from the first track it loaded in the embed, but the one after was more up my street. Sunriseless and Eisengrind are both solid melodeath records with slightly different spins, and Pusca have a bit of Oathbreaker about them. Of the two I covered, Desolate Grave is the more unique of them, but Urzah's the one I enjoyed the most this month
13.03.2022 - 10:49
Written by musclassia on 13.03.2022 at 10:20

One of the strongest CCs we've had in a while I think

The pros of me sitting one out.
Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
13.03.2022 - 14:29
i c deaf people
I stumbled across Pušča by accident, on the night of February 23-24, and I had no idea that just a few hours later the Russian invasion of their homeland would begin. Writing about the music and briefly mentioning this fact in passing felt somehow strange and wrong, because you can't really imagine the situation in Ukraine when you're sitting in your cozy living room 2,000 km away. After all, this is all about music, right?

So let the music do the talking: the band released a second EP on February 25 and the title is War Is Hell.

signatures = SPAM
13.03.2022 - 14:32
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Guy from London chose a band who won to me.
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
13.03.2022 - 16:20
Meat and Potatos
Pusca is good.

Btw why are no bands here on MS? =p
Growing up is the worst. I hope I never do it.
13.03.2022 - 21:29

Written by Karlabos on 13.03.2022 at 16:20

Btw why are no bands here on MS? =p

It's probably a joke but... because they are new and underground ones, and some of them only have demos
Quite a few get added to the database with time passing.
19.03.2022 - 15:02

Pušča gets my vote. Great vocals.
24.03.2022 - 10:11
Dylan 1974

Eisengrind > Pušča > Desolate Grave > Urza > Sunriseless > Old Spirit
25.03.2022 - 01:59
Nocturnal Bro
Wow! The Eisengrind release is fantastic!
06.06.2022 - 00:41
X-Ray Rod
I'm a simple man. I hear french and I hit like immediately. Brilliant vocals. Old Spirit was a close second and I really enjoyed how fucking weird it was from time to time. But Pušča won me over immediately as I almost got a light hint of the amazing hort-lived Amesoeurs who are a dear favorite of mine. But it pack a much more in your face attitude with Oathbreaker moment like Matt also mentioned.

Desolate Grave and Urza were also pretty good but I feel they need more time in the oven haha.
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.
29.10.2022 - 20:03

I ended up purchasing the Old Spirit album after a completed listen. So that gets my pick.

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