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Tis the season for horror, gore and mayhem. Yes, Halloween is finally upon us, a time of year when all you ghastly ghouls come out of your houses to dress like zombies and party. But what should be the anthem to your riotous shenanigans?  Perhaps you should look into a few of these metal bands for some terrific (emphasis on terror-ific) ideas.


Crown the Empire
Crown the Empire
This post-hardcore/ metalcore band formed in 2010 in Dallas, Texas. Andrew Welaszquez, Austin Duncan, Hayden Tree and Brandon Hoover began jamming in high school, wanting to be the heaviest band in the Texas scene while including catchier pop vocals and choruses. These tatted renegades bring the energy as they scream about perseverance and equality. A regular motif for these guys is the urban revolutionary, expressing a common frustration that young Americans and millenials tend to share about the current state of events around them. Their first EP, Limitless, and single “Voices”, took off on itunes in 2011, and the band has kept the ball rolling ever since. In 2012 Rise Records picked them up, and additional vocalist David Escamilla joined the group. Like most bands, their roster of musicians has changed since the beginning, but rest assured, these boys are still bringing it.


Bring Me the Horizon
Bring Me the Horizon
Hailing from Sheffield, Yorkshire, over the pond in England, Bring Me the Horizon formed in 2003 when the guys were just teens. Made up of Oliver Sykes (lead vocals), Matt Kean (bassist), Lee Malia (lead guitar), Matt Nichols (drums) and Jordan Fish (keyboard), the band has evolved its sound over the years. Upon its inception, the group fused musical talents from different genres of metal and rock, mixing melodic and intricate lead guitars from influences like Metalica with the fast-paced, heavy aggression of American metalcore bands like Norma Jean. Though their first album was met with some criticism, they pulled a strong and dedicated fan base to their heavy, chaotic sound. Eventually, they began adding synth and classical elements to highlight the heavy sound and started toward a more mainstream presentation. This panned out well for them, as their latest album That’s the Spirit can attest to.


In Flames
In Flames
This Swedish melodic death metal band formed in 1990 in Gothenburg (go figure their hometown has the word “Goth” in it). The band started as a side project for guitarist and overall musician Jesper Str⍥mblad, who was then the bassist for Cermonial Oath, when he wanted to take a more melodic direction with his writing. When musical differences separated him from Ceremonial Oath, Str⍥mblad recruited Glenn Ljungstr⍥m on guitar and Johan Larsson on bass to focus on In Flames.  He later found vocalist Anders Friden and drummer Bj⍥rn Gelotte to join the group full time. These guys are arguably an older style of metal, but with the intricate riffs and melodic chords of Str⍥mblad’s beautiful writing (yeah, I called screaming metal beautiful). Evolution and pure music mastery kept these guys relevant throughout the 2000’s up til now, even when Str⍥mblad was forced to separate from the others due to a substance abuse issue.


Memphis May Fire
Memphis May Fire
Another metalcore band from the lone star state, Memphis May Fire was started in Dallas, Texas, in 2006. Though the band has gone through many changes in their lineup, they have risen to a high level in the rock n roll world with Kellen McGregor (guitar), Matty Mullins (vocals), Cory Elder (bass), Anthony Sepe (rhythm guitar) and Jake Garland (drums). Though these guys bring a heavy intensity to their breakdowns, they complement this intensity with softer, melodic elements. Out of the list, these guys are the most positive in message and energy. Their music has a surprising amount of heart and soul for a group of long-haired, tatted fellows.

So, if you’re in the mood for mayhem, crank up the stereo and get into the spirit of the season!



www.Dishmag.com / Issue 196 - December 2017
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