Punk/metal hybrid with a divine sound
Nadia Maria – vocals
Kim Young – guitar
Lee Warren – bass
Greg Anderson – drums
This is The Mantis Divine, a Herts-based quartet who’ve been gigging around their home county recently and looking to go further. Though the band has been together for less than a year, their members have previously played in bands such as Sink Or Swim, Swamp Pussy and St Stella, so have already got experience behind them. The fact that they only narrowly missed out on proceeding further in the current Metal 2 The Masses competition (for this year’s Bloodstock Festival) speaks volumes about their potential.
TMD have got the whole package – frontwoman Nadia can easily switch from smooth and melodic to call-to-action punk vocals in a heartbeat, guitarist Kim is an incredibly talented player who knows how to write a solid riff, whilst rhythm section Lee and Greg add a groove and punch to the whole thing.
Check out the lyric video for the ‘To Hell’, available on their demo CD. For a reference point – imagine if Atari Teenage Riot went full punk-rock….
Here’s what others from the music scene have to say about them:
“An exciting young band with a lot of potential for the future, catchy riffs and powerful vocals.” – Bruce Hamilton, Gevaudan
“A passionate, curiously successful fusion of metal and punk.” – Brad Smith, Nineteensquared Promotions
“With a profusion of low-end tone and deep sounding heavy riffage, MD does a fine job in combining grubby punk rock with a distinctive creepy Melvinsesque sludge sound. Hold onto your heads!” – Gary Payne, Neverworld/The Graven Sign
Their demo CD is currently available at live gigs (and whilst stock lasts, you can grab a free t-shirt too). With a tight sound and a professional attitude, The Mantis Divine are worth some attention. For further info/bookings, please get in touch at the links below.
For fans of: L7, Atari Teenage Riot, Kittie, The Unknownn, Babes In Toyland
Groove-injected extreme metal from North Herts
Nathan Draper – vocals
Becca Swinney – bass
Jake Eaton – drums
Mitch Boost – guitar
Odin Long – guitar
Jackal’s Backbone are a North Herts-based metal act, recently boosted to a five-piece, who have already gone down well with Herts’ metal fans and are looking to go further.
Blending death metal, sludge and grindcore influences, JB have proven themselves to be solid live performers and built a loyal local fanbase, and will be playing their first London date at Camden’s popular Fiddler’s Elbow on April 5th. They currently have one EP available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and other outlets, and are currently working on a follow-up. Extreme metal with a sense of groove, Jackal’s Backbone are recommended to any fans of the various sub-genres.
Here’s a handful of opinions about them from other members of the local scene:
“Their new expanded lineup only foresees promising things on the horizon. Faster, heavier and raunchier”. – Mark, Praetorian
“Heavy with a groove, always an energetic show.” – Jim, Skrugg/Phlefonyaar
“Jackal’s Backbone is a band that you have to see live to fully experience the power and intensity they bring to their specific brand of metal. It is surely a thing to behold, with Nathan’s extremely wide vocal range and Jake’s impossibly tight and tasteful blast beats.” – Joe, Dorylus
Jackal’s Backbone are one of four bands set to play at this weekend’s Metal 2 The Masses tournament heat at Club 85, Hitchin, vying for a place at this year’s Bloodstock Festival.
For fans of: Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Discharge
For further information on new releases and live dates, and for booking queries, please get in touch at the links below.
Warning: contains blood/gore/nudity/explicit language
With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, I thought I’d put together an appropriate playlist to set the right atmosphere, featuring the usual suspects, some classics and some upcoming names from the UK (links provided).
Note: some of these videos are unsafe for work.
Cradle of Filth – From The Cradle To Enslave
The title track of that EP – the uncensored version! Definitely NSFW.
Moonspell – I’ll See You In My Dreams
Taken from the film of the same name’s soundtrack, available on Youtube. Also NSFW.
Send More Paramedics – Zombie Crew
Horror punk from the UK.
Misfits – Scream
Taken from the Michael Graves-period album ‘Famous Monsters’.
White Zombie – More Human Than Human
Taken from the classic ‘Astro Creep 2000’ album. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.
Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein
As featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack.
Lordi – Devil Is A Loser
The one-time Eurovision winners.
Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams
The Eurythmics cover that first brought MM to noteriety.
Denigrata – Kyrie Eleison
Taken from the album ‘Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A Minor’, available from Bandcamp at https://denigrata.bandcamp.com/releases.
Cerberus Unchained – Naturom Demonto
Taken from the debut EP ‘Di Inferni’, available at https://cerberusunchained.bandcamp.com/.
Victorian Whore Dogs – Prayer of Dust
Taken from the EP ‘Hobo Chic’, available from https://victorianwhoredogs.bandcamp.com/album/hobo-chic.
Type O Negative – Black No.1
A classic, taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.
Talanas – The Apostle
Taken from their acoustic EP ‘Asylum’, available from https://talanas.bandcamp.com/album/asylum.
Skullfucked – Sluts Impaled on Their Own Entrails
Taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Blasphemy’, to be released on November 10th from http://skullfuckedbgka.bandcamp.com/.
Morbid Angel – God Of Emptiness
One of biggest names from the Florida death metal scene.
Nile – Sacrifice Unto Sebek
Love that intro riff.
Fear Factory – Martyr
The opening track of their debut, back when they had a more industrial-death metal sound.
Butcher Babes – They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!
Taken from their covers EP ‘Uncovered’.
Bile – In League
Featured on the ‘Strangelands’ soundtrack. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.
Author & Punisher – Terrorbird
Taken from the album ‘Ursus Americanus’.
Another playlist from a couple of years ago – https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/atmos-fear/