CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
One of the first punk-metal fusion bands, Corrosion of Conformity were formed in North Carolina by guitarist Woody Weatherman during the early '80s. In their early years, C.O.C. became known for their aggressive sound, intelligent political lyrics, and willingness to break away from both hardcore and metal conventions. In the '90s, their shift to a more stripped-down, deliberate sound -- sort of Black Sabbathfiltered through the Deep South -- brought them enough in line with the alt-metal Zeitgeist to bring them a measure of mainstream popularity.
Formed in 2008, Little Rock, Arkansas quartet Pallbearerunleashed their penchant for heaviness on unsuspecting ears with their monstrously thick take on classic doom metal. With a sound rooted in the slow, riff-centric traditions laid down by Black Sabbath, the band takes a fairly straightforward approach to doom, forming layers of sludgy guitars into an impossibly thick wall of oppressive bleakness that envelops the listener.
Purveyors of doom reminiscent of greats like Electric Wizardand Sleep, Richmond, Virginia's Windhand deliver a nuanced and ethereal take on the style. Blending shuddering low-end fuzz and pounding rhythms with airy vocals, the band recalls the sound of classic doom while adding a new dimension to one of metal's heaviest subgenres.
Torche is a band consisting of four dudes playing the loudest and heaviest hard rock on the planet. Formed in 2004 after the dissolution of cult, sludge / stoner metal pioneers Floor, the group introduced the world to a refreshingly unique version of rock n' roll and has spent the last 15 years shattering ears and captivating crowds across the planet.
THE SKULL is a musical collaboration founded by three former members of American doom metal pioneers TROUBLE; vocalist Eric Wagner, bassist Ron Holzner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, all three noted for their talents and strong influence in the worldwide metal scene. TROUBLE formed in 1979 and is universally hailed as one of the pioneers of doom metal genre, alongside bands such asPentagram, Witchfinder General, Candlemass and Saint Vitus.
Supersonic intergalactic heavy rock trio Mothership based out of Dallas, Texas give a real sense of hope that all is well in the universe, and that pure honest rock and roll has once again returned to this planet on a mission to unite true believers. Consisting of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, and Judge Smith on drums, these guys have created a unique sound that satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top, paired with a deadly chalice of Black Sabbath.
Crossover thrash heroes MUNICIPAL WASTE from Richmond keep the 80s era metal scene alive with each show guaranteed to be a loud, drunken, rowdy party!
“Yautja is one of the best new heavy bands you’ve never heard of…Yautja incorporate imperial sludge riffs ala Neurosis with grind, math, crust and more. You’d think a mish-mash of influence like that would be jarring, but Yautja feels a lot more organic than their description leads on. Especially live. Where they rip. Think Inter Arma without the southern bent and with more grind instead of black metal.”
Greenville, SC's WVRM are a true powerhouse. They’ve put out at least one project per year since forming in 2013, and each demonstrates their progression from hardcore-tinged grind, to deathgrind, to sludge, to an utterly devastating melange of them all. Their 2014 full-length Swarm Sound and their 2016 follow-up Heartache are vital for Pig Destroyer and Full of Hell fans alike. And in true grind fashion, they’re over and done with in a slick 20 minutes.
CLOUD CITY CASKETS
Hard, Fast and Loud Punk Rock and Roll straight out of Asheville!