Hi folks !! Just a (not so) small post to tell you about some metal or noise bands I like. These are not big ones with millions of fans, but they are still excellent metal bands. No matter the loudness of the music, or the fact that you can barely grasp the lyrics at first (or second, or third) hearings. You still remember the rhythm and the melody (yes there is one too). The fact that it must be played at maximum volume (and preferably live, putting your ears in danger) does not mean that it is not music.
As this blog is written in English, lets begin by US and Canadian bands. First, Slicing Grandpa (Velvet Underground gone autistic), a crazy experimental noise band from Seattle, the city of all noise / punk / metal / hardcore / ... experiments. I happen to hear them at Seattle's Methfest 2006 in August, with some of other metal / hardcore / noise bands (Fetal Distress / Oops, I Stepped in some Christ / X Penetration Camp). Was it metal, hardcore, industrial, or noise ? I don't mind, it was great (and very cheerful too) !!
Then there is Severed Serenity, an excellent Death Metal band from Vancouver. I also heard them in August 2006, and I was impressed !! And people from British Columbia, you are so lucky. They have two upcoming shows on March 31, and April 28. You better be there !!!
Now, some French bands : Aes Dana, a unique Celtic Black Metal band coming from Paris. This is not easy to blend harmoniously blasting metal with Flutes and harsh Celtic ambiance, but they do it very well. Their last album Formors is a must-have. If you happen to be near Weikersheim/Elpersheim in Germany next Saturday, or near Lyon in France on April 28, don't miss them (more info on their myspace page).
An excellent Satanic Black Metal band, also from Paris : Vorkreist. Saw them twice, I must say that it is some experience !!! Sadly, they planned to tour with the Norwegian Black Metal band 1349, but it was canceled because of the defection of 1349's guitarist. Stay tuned because they surely will come back to crush you !!
And finally, another very good death metal band from StDié (Vosges, France, yes, there is some metal scene even there !!!) : Datura. I saw them with Aes Dana some weeks ago, I can say that it was wild !!
OK, there is not only metal in life. Why not try J'aurais Voulu (yes it's a punk band). You can hear some of their stuff on the multimedia page of the website, and if you like it, a full-length album is being mixed now. I still remember this gig at Le Péniche Alternative...