Wishing death to fashioncore since 2005

Herts’ Metal Scene, Class of 2016

39 reasons why metal isn’t dead

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Recently inspired by a metal magazine’s article about British metal and the problems within the scene (my own response posted here below), I felt prompted to create a list of (most of) the bands that make up Hertfordshire’s current metal scene. This is a scene I’ve been actively helping to promote since 2005, and we’re lucky to have an incredibly varied and talented group of acts right on our doorstep.

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Countless Skies – Progressive death metallers who have played at Bloodstock Festival, with their debut album out now.

https://www.facebook.com/CountlessSkies

New Dawn full album stream 

Cerberus Unchained – Death metal from former members of Embers Of Angels and Outright Resistance, playing their debut London gig soon, despite only forming a few months ago.

https://www.facebook.com/cerberusunchained

Warm Blooded Beast (free download)

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Arcane Militia – Intense new act for fans of Amen, Cancer Bats and Atreyu.

https://www.facebook.com/ArcaneMilitia

So Much For A Second Chance

Skrugg – Sludgey metallers from Hithin.

https://www.facebook.com/SkruggAsylum

Asylum Mist EP

Everest Queen – Imagine Tool meets Mastodon and you’re getting warm.

https://www.facebook.com/everestqueenband

 

Dorylus – Frantic thrash/death metal hybrid.

https://www.facebook.com/dorylusband

Deceiving The Pure 

The Wolves Of Avalon – Featuring Metatron from The Meads of Asphodel, this is their Bathory cover taken from their recent album out now on Godreah Records.

https://www.facebook.com/thewolvesofavalon

Across Corpses Grey

Elysian Divide – Another new act who will be debuting their new material soon.

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https://www.facebook.com/ElysianDivide

Seasons – Melodic metal from former members of Imicus and Alone With Wolves, their debut EP is out now.

https://www.facebook.com/seasonsbanduk

Sailed Ships 

Jackal’s Backbone – Frantic groove-injected sludge, currently working on new material.

https://www.facebook.com/Jackalsbackbone

Puppets EP

Derange – Hotly-tipped tech-metallers who will be playing at Bloodstock this year, this is taken from their debut album, out now.

https://www.facebook.com/DerangeUK

This Is The End lyric video 

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Kill Confirmed – Though they’ve sadly announced they’re set to split soon, two of their members have wasted no time in forming a new band, Excinerus.

https://www.facebook.com/killconfirmedofficial

Hell In A Cell EP

Assimilate – Alt-metallers from Watford.

https://www.facebook.com/AssimilateOfficial

Irrational Fears EP

The Graven Sign – Atmospheric black metallers.

https://www.facebook.com/thegravensign

As Hope Withers

Suffer No Fools – Thrash/metalcore-influenced melodic metal.

https://www.facebook.com/SufferNoFools

Songs For The Restless Youth

Burke & Hare – Doom/sludge/stoner duo, currently working on a new EP.

https://www.facebook.com/burkeandhareband

Titanicus 

Conform To Serve – UKDM with black metal leanings, a sound that could appeal to fans of both old school death metal and modern deathcore.

https://www.facebook.com/Conformtoserve

Dogma Of Sin 

Ivory Fire – A high-energy combination of metal and dance/drum ‘n’ bass from Hitchin.

https://www.facebook.com/ivoryfireofficial

If You can Read This You Have Eyes EP

As You’re Falling – Intense young death/metalcore act from North Herts.

https://www.facebook.com/AsYoureFalling

Divergence EP

Praetorian – A veritable sludge supergroup from Hitchin.

https://www.facebook.com/praetorian000

Mystery Of The Magic Man

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Skullf*cked – Combining old school death metal with sludge, grindcore and skatepunk.

https://www.facebook.com/Skullfucked-414048352059522/

Self-titled EP

Rough Justice – The debut video from the classic/southern rock-tinged metallers.

https://www.facebook.com/RoughJusticeOfficial

Dirt

Ghostman’s Torch – Doomy garage rock duo.

https://www.facebook.com/GhostmansTorch

GMT

Gevaudan – Doom/stoner metallers who’ve played at Terrorizer-sponsored gigs, currently working on their next EP.

https://www.facebook.com/Gevaudandoom

The Burning of the Black Sun (Single, free download)

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13 – Melodic metallers from Hertford, whose debut album ‘Deliverance’ can be downloaded for free from Soundcloud.

https://www.facebook.com/13musicofficial

Deliverance (title track)

 

Alone With Wolves – Promising melodic metal/post-hardcore quintet who are preparing to launch their debut full-length album soon.

https://www.facebook.com/alonewithwolves

Cutting Ties 

Neverworld – Classic metallers representing the old school, here with their debut music video.

https://www.facebook.com/NeverworldMetal

Armies Of The Night 

Draugr – Intense black metal.

https://www.facebook.com/DraugrBand

Child Of Sorrow EP

Aghast – One of the busiest/most high profile bands from the local metal scene. Currently working on their next EP.

https://www.facebook.com/AGHASTKVLT

All The Rage

 

Slaine – Sludge with death metal influences.

https://www.facebook.com/slainesludge

Shotgunned Brews Shirt Nappy Blues EP

Vendetta – Now performing with a new line-up.

https://www.facebook.com/Vendetta.uk

Demo EP (free download)

Far From History – Soon to be releasing their next EP, from which this track is taken.

https://www.facebook.com/Farfromhistoryuk

A-Negative (free download)

Breaking Illusion – Classic rock-tinged metal with groove.

https://www.facebook.com/breakingillusionuk

Roll With The Punches (free download)

 

Outright Resistance – OR have just released their new EP ‘Me Vs I’, from which this track is taken. Also appearing at this year’s Bloodstock Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/OutrightResistanceBand

Gee, Dysphoria

Blessing Of The Torchbearer – Currently impressing crowds across the county.

https://www.facebook.com/Blessingofthetourchbearer

Vengeance, live

Dark Asphyxia – Old school death metal.

https://www.facebook.com/DarkAsphyxiaOfficial

Gallows

Phlefonyaar – Industrial-tinged sludge from one of the busiest men in the scene (also the founder of Gilla Bruja, Zompok and Zebediah Crowe).

https://www.facebook.com/Phlefonyaar

Kissing Carrion

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Helgrind – For fans of old school thrash metal.

https://www.facebook.com/HelgrindUK

Insurrection

 

Tirgoviste – A black metal side-project from members of Skrugg.

https://www.facebook.com/tirgovisteUK

Albastru Horizon (free download)

This isn’t even the whole picture; there are often new bands forming, and there are other bands who aren’t quite ready to share examples of their material just yet. It’s also worth bearing in mind that this level of talent isn’t exclusive to Herts either – right across the UK, there are underground scenes in every county with bands worth checking out. There are other bands I could have included here, who are either just on the outskirts of Herts or are popular visitors, but then I’d be here all day.

Please support your scene – bands don’t just magically appear on the cover of magazines or on the stages of major festivals overnight. Once upon a time, your favourite band was right where this lot are now.

(All photos, aside from Elysian Divide’s promo shot, taken by me.)

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