Excellion is on Facebook.
Metal has progressed far beyond its roots, branched into a thousand or more sub-genres. Some live some die; some are just a flash in the pan. But occasionally metal throws at you something unique, something never heard before, something that you know is going to change what metal is. Excellion is not that thing, but it comes pretty close.
Excellion is a Mexican band from based out of the capitol Mexico City. A quartet, they play a unique mix Rock, Metalcore, Djent and Prog Metal. Imagine Ihsahn, Periphery, Killswitch Engage and their music passed through a Rock filter. They have the same intensity and same sensibilities as the mentioned artists which is what gets me excited about their music.
Their new EP Unsean is released on August 6, and what I heard in these five songs is definitely something that is worth everyone’s attention. The production is really good (note that these guys are still unsigned). The existentially charged lyrics delivered by singer Frozen Chava have a lasting effect on the listener who will want to sing along on the repeating anthemic lines in the songs “In Search of Infinity” and “The Heart of the Sapphire,” which bookend the EP and are part of the “Unsean” story. The opening tune, in most respects sounds very coloured with the crushing riffs, resonating leads in the back and odd time signatures with beefy bass lines. And that’s something that builds up throughout the record.
Unsean by Excellion is very strong and a promising release for a band that knows how to challenge themselves creatively. Unsean is a must-listen for all metal fans.
Excellion is on Facebook.
Excellion is on Facebook.
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Horseburner is a sludge metal band from West Virginia, whose recent release, 'Dead Seeds, Barren Soil' has garnered quite a bit of praise already. Being compared to the likes of Mastodon and Baroness, Horseburner have hit it out of the park with this release. They are in contention for the sludged and stoned metal throne and I for one will be backing them. Check out 'Dead Seeds, Barren Soil' below.
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For I Am King is a furious metal band from the Netherlands who have recently released their debut full length album, 'Daemons'. The album has already received quite a bit of praise online, and it made me an instant fan. We were lucky enough to sit down with the band to discuss their style, their album and what the future may hold.
Before you jump into the interview, check out 'the Crone', the best track to know what 'For I Am King' is all about.
How did the band meet and what inspired you to start such a heavy band?
Some of us are friends for a long time and we also know each other from playing in other bands. The chemistry and friendship within the band was an important thing for us. Regarding the style choice, we are all lovers of melodic metal, but also love old school metalcore. We wanted to make, write music which mixes both.
What was the thought process behind the name? With Alma being the front woman one would think For I Am 'Queen' would be a more suiting title.
Haha yes that would be more suiting but when you listen to Alma's voice... ;). But we got inspired by the movie ‘The Man In The Iron Mask’, it's a quote from king Louis. It also gets used by more kings in other movies. Since the first second the name was pitched we loved it.
Female Fronted is a tag that has been getting negative attention lately simply for classifying by gender. What are your thoughts on this term?
Alma: Well you can't get around the fact that there is actualy a female fronting the band, so i don't think there is something wrong with the term "female fronted". But the fact that there is a female singing shouldn't make a difference. We see our band as one and we are not different than any other ‘male fronted’ metal bands.
Your debut album 'Daemons' was released on the 17th, and has said to take the listener through a world of tales and myths. Could you tell us more about that?
Jasper: All lyrics are fiction and inspired by myths and legends. I have always liked greek mythology and other old legends. For me it made it easier to write the lyrics in a short time frame because the subjects were already there.
I've seen nothing but praise for 'Daemons', and I myself am a huge fan. How are you feeling about the response from fans and critics alike?
Jurgen: We are for sure overwhelmed by all the positive feedback we are getting! We wrote this record for us but also for the ‘world’ and how it’s received it’s far beyond our expectations.
If a listener could only hear one track off of the album, which would you recommend?
Jasper: The Crone, because it contains all the ingredients of Daemons and I think fans of different metal genres will get their fix out of it.
Jurgen: Hmmm difficult, cause every song has his own strength. I also would say ‘the Crone’. It’s the first song we wrote for Daemons and the first step to our new sound.
I heard 'Black Death' on Spotify and then looked up the full album on Apple Music. Are you a fan of streaming services?
Jasper: definitely, because it makes it easier to spread our music worldwide. We are very proud of this record and therefore we want to share it with as much people as possible.
When I think about Amsterdam, Metal doesn't immediately come to mind. How is the metal scene and community like there?
The scene is getting better and better. There are a lot of great festivals and shows going on here in Amsterdam, like Amsterdam Metalfest and the Impericon festival at the Melkweg.
Any other notable bands from your hometown you want to give a shout out to?
Let’s go for within our Dutch borders ;). You should definitely check out the following bands:
The Royal, Pelgrim, Izegrim, Bring on the Bloodshed, Call it Off, For Blood and Vengeance,
2 Years To Apocalypse and From Earth.
How is the future looking, any touring going on? Perhaps some North American stops?
We are busy planning the upcoming year and for sure are going to do some touring. Keep your eyes on our page, social media.
Well, I don't want to take up too much of your time. I'm going to go listen to 'Daemons' again. I really appreciate you taking the time to sit down and do this for us at Metalhorizons. Do you have any final things you would like to say?
Thank you so much for having us and we hope to see you soon in North America ;) Stay metal!!!
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Jugurtha is a blackened death metal band from my hometown, Toronto, Ontario. Today sees the release of their debut album 'Empyre'. With “Empyre”, the musical language of Jugurtha speaks its first words. Its four songs deliver intricate and precise black and death metal with an urgent, chaotic, and living energy, layering ripping technicality in swathes of feedback and quietly placing moments of tuneful counterpoint beneath its gross atonal dirge.(bandcamp bio)
Give it a listen below.
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Old Boy is a hardcore metal band from Bournemouth, UK. Today sees the release of their 'Blind Eyes' Ep which offers up 5 tracks of aggresive, heavy hitting, hardcore. Check it out below.
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This is something we don't get to hear very often, a unique and brilliant masterpiece of an album. A fusion of so many elements that it becomes its own distinct beast. Make an hours worth of time today and give 'Lïan' a listen, and then take another hour and listen to it again. Its beautiful, mesmerizing, a soundtrack for another world. I'm in love and I am certainly not alone, others are praising this release.
"Every track is an amazing and dark journey on which you can easily lose your way."
"No words enough to describe it. Many thanks for this masterpiece!!"
Honestly, listen to it below and become enraptured.
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Chieftain, from Fort Collins, Colorado recently released a three track ep that kicks major ass. This stoner rock quartet really let it fly with fast, heavy hitting, stoner grooves. Each track on the 'Vulture Hunter' ep holds its own and creates a killer experience, the only downside is that it ends too soon. I would love a full release from these guys, hopefully one day soon we will see one, until then check out the 'Vulture Hunter' below.
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Indica Blues are a psychedelic doom metal band from the United Kingdom who really know how to crank out the riffs. 'Ruins on the Shore' is their latest 4 track ep and it is simply glorious. Over 30 minutes of crushingly heavy doom topped with brilliant drawn out vocals. This is everything fans of the genre will love and is definitely not to be missed.
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Sojourner are an atmospheric black metal band with folk influences from Dunedin, New Zealand & Malmö, Sweden. Below you will find their debut album "Empires of Ash". 7 tracks of brilliant folk metal mixed with black metal inspired vocals. This is simply a breathtaking album, it has moments that are peaceful, raw, tranquil and angry. The atmosphere and mood is just amazing, Empires of Ash has quickly become one of my favorite albums of all time.
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