In a two-part series we break down all the bands playing this weekend’s Metal Insider sponsored Death To False Metal Festival in Hamden, CT, so you know ahead of time what awesomeness you are getting yourself into. Let’s take a look at Saturday night’s line-up (please note there are some NSFW videos linked below):
Grizzlor (7:30 – 8:00 – Ballroom Stage)
Kicking off Day Two of the Festival is CT’s three-piece noise rock mavens Grizzlor. Their recent split and tour with Norway’s Barren Womb are just the tip of the iceberg for this band. We are predicting big things lay on the horizon for these guys as they continue to resurrect the old AmRep sound of the 90’s.
Godhunter (8:00 – 8:30 – Outer Space Stage)
We recently reviewed the new split album between Godhunter and Destroyer of Light, so let us reiterate that both bands kick some major ass. Godhunter is an excellent blend of stoner rock and sludge metal, sounding more like something that would emanate from the swamps around New Orleans than the deserts of Arizona. Regardless of locale, this band plays it heavy and loud to the max.
Demon Eye (8:30 – 9:15 – Ballroom Stage)
North Carolina’s Demon Eye are named after a slightly obscure Deep Purple song, so that should immediately give you an idea of where these guys are coming from. Proto-metal isn’t just a genre for Demon Eye, it’s a way of life and one they want to share with you in all their riffing glory.
Destroyer of Light (9:15 – 9:45 – Outer Space Stage)
Lumbering out of Texas with a sound so steeped in traditional doom metal, Destroyer of Light might actually make the faint of heart weep at first listen. Fans of the classics from Candlemass to Trouble to fellow Texans Solitude Aeturnus will find a lot to like about this band.
Secret Cutter (10:15 – 10:45 – Outer Space Stage)
Pennsylvania’s Secret Cutter are simply malicious in their delivery. Like three rabid animals chained up and used for competitive fighting, Secret Cutter unleashed one of the better albums the undergound metal scene saw in 2014. It’s downright criminal that more people didn’t get to hear their Self Titled album. Seek it out on their Bandcamp page and then prepare to get blasted in the live setting as well.
Immortal Bird (10:45-11:30 – Ballroom Stage)
Having just released one of the best metal albums of 2015, you could say Immortal Bird are flying pretty high. (Pun obviously intended.) In all seriousness though their Empress/Abscess album is going to (and should) wind up on a lot of year end lists this year. Their live set is just as brutal as their recorded material. Not to be missed!
Archaic Decapitator (11:30 – 12:00 – Outer Space Stage)
Connecticut’s answer to Sweden’s prolific, melodic death metal scene is Archaic Decapitator. Back in January they dropped their debut album and it was immediately one that stood out form the crowd. Fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted, and In Flames (when they were still good) should be on the lookout for this band.
Krieg (12:00 – 12:45 – Ballroom Stage)
You can not discuss US black metal without discussing Krieg. This Philly/NJ based band of hellions have released some of the most important and influential USBM albums of all-time and their most recent album, 2014’s Transient, may have actually been their best (at least one of). Another set that is simply not to be missed this weekend, nor is it for the faint of heart.