Time to pull out the devil horns, sweep some guitar licks and bang that head. Make Priest, Maiden and Jethro Tull happy...wait...scratch that last one...anyway, you're never too punk for metal. You're never too punk to not like a good shred or mathematics laid across fretboards.
Crossover: The Five Metal Bands That Punk Dudes Should Like
By Greg Karlowitsch of The Great Explainer
As the drummer of a post-hardcore/punk band, I sometimes feel alone amongst my friends and musical peers when it comes to music. Although I am a part of punk rock for a reason (because I love it) I was raised a metal head. I spend every day in a warehouse full of metal records, cd's and t-shirts, therefore I know all the in's and out's of the metal world. We listen to the most extreme music all day, but I do come across many bands that I think "Man, my friends would actually like this!" Thus being said, I present to you five metal bands that even the most org-core, flannel wearing, bearded dude should check out.
1. Baroness - Bred from punk backgrounds, Baroness is literally taking over the alternative rock scene all over the world. Touring with such acts as The Deftones, Mastodon and now even METALLICA, they are a must have in your record collection if you are still blind to their impending rad-ness. Blending elements of southern slugde, progressive rock and even some Queen type elements, Baroness definitely still has no issue showing their punk side. Their new 7 inch single for the song "A Horse Called Golgotha" even has a cover of the Descendents' "Bikeage" as the B-side.
2. Kylesa - This band KILLS IT. I dare anyone who enjoys basement shows to tell me that the song "Scapegoat" off their 2009 release Static Tensions isn't one of the most bad ass riff masterpieces out there. This group has been around for quite some time, and like Baroness, came from a crusty background. Two drummers and male/female dual vocals round out this package for a psych-crust-metal experience like you have never heard before.
3. Torche - Spawning from another great band (Floor), Florida's Torche somehow bridges the gap between super catchy pop rock and thundering low tuned sludge metal. Their album Meanderthal not only has some of the best artwork and packaging I have ever seen (on the vinyl and CD) but also proves that you don't have to be dark and gloomy to be heavy. Check out the song "Across The Shields" to start, then dive right into "Sandstorm" to get your feet wet in the riffage.
4. Black Tusk - Very similar to the aforementioned Kylesa, Black Tusk hails from Georgia, apparently the sludge metal capital of the world. Unlike some of the other bands mentioned, Black Tusk takes a more stripped down hardcore approach. Fans of Black Flag and Negative Approach can really sink their teeth (or, dare I say, tusks?) into their breakthrough record, Taste The Sin.
5. Motorhead - If you don't like Motorhead, then I simply cant trust you.
With these five bands, you can start growing your hair out. I promise no one will give you a hard time.
What is heavy? Is it the drop of the key? How many chugs you can sequence at one time? Is it the depth of the growl or the number of drums landing deep sounds?
After reviewing the selections for this year's heaviest brodown, it has to go to Norma Jean's work. I mean, this thing is like a damn therapy session of heavy lyrics and knock outs after the album even attempts to be anything close to melodic.
I think with all the sweeps, swoops and synth metal out there, nothing beats the passion of this album. It is possibly the heaviest shit I would think to surface this year.
If you're not convinced by that, I think this line takes the cake: You're like a never-ending soap opera, and we're ready to find out who kills J.R.