Peering into the Metal Microscope this very first week, I want to lay our attention on a particularly awesome Vancouver band. I found this band early this year in 2012 and their sound blew me away. I’m talking technical death metal here in the band Xenocide. To give you a little semantic reason to remember these guys, Xenocide means ‘the genocide of an entire alien species’ and the lyrics take the point of view of an arachnid hivemind of aliens bent on galactic oppression. This is not your typical death metal, and it will be a breath of clean unpolluted vacuum.
The vocals skills in Xenocide are immediately apparent; they have bold lows that complement hoarse screams and…they are actually understandable. The music is approachable with pummeling drums and a groovy riffage that is overlaid with technical guitars. When you give these guys a listen, make sure to follow along with their lyrics on the bandcamp page.
Let’s focus the microscope now on a slightly more brutal band. They are known as Ænimus and they really pack a punch. Blistering solo’s, roaring vocals, and a super aggressive sound that makes you dream of killing babies, it’s all there. The combination of melody and vocals is Ænimus’ greatest strength but make sure to listen to the arching solo on Descent into Chaos just 30 seconds in. Exploding into entropy, it quickly demands attention, then saunters into an eerie solo that carves thoughts into the cerebellum. This technical deathcore band hails from the Bay Area in California, and they are working diligently on a brand new album which is sure to make them well known if this demo is any indication. Like their Facebook to keep up to date! @MetalMicroscope