Saturday 17 January 2015

Some Singles...with Nebraska, Corpse Garden and XII Boar

Sorry for the less than imaginative title of this post. I thought I'd take some time to write about three singles that I've been sent over recent months, for no other reason than to give the creators of those singles some exposure.

There was a time when bands would release singles and really put focus on them, but as the musical climate and the ways of consuming music has changed, they've become less of a commodity for bands and a lot rarer, it has to be said. This post features South-Coast metal band Nebraska, Costa Rican death metallers Corpse Garden and UK groove-metallers XII Boar.

Nebraska - Porphyria/Cold & Disconnected

This first single from Southampton's Nebraska actually a double A-side. The band only formed last year and put out a digital three-track release in July via their bandcamp page, as well as posting videos for these tracks up on Youtube. There will certainly be more to come from these chaps this year, so there's no better place to start than with these songs.

Nebraska play modern metal laced with death metal screams and technical tempos. They mix both high and low screams on Porphyria and add elements of post-hardcore. They’ve written a very good song here, as just when you think it’s gonna stay heavy throughout, the melodic chorus comes in and surprises you. Nebraska are very adept at the metal they’re playing and show good maturity.

Cold & Disconnected follows the same formula as Porphyria. When Nebraska blast, they blast! They’ve chosen a blueprint that will attract to a lot of modern metal fans, which is fine and they have the chops to back it up. Variation and uniqueness are definite selling points that modern bands have to pay close attention to now, so Nebraska should go from strength to strength on this showing. 

Stream both of these songs and expansive instrumental track My Mind Ceases via their bandcamp page below:-

Youtube vids for both songs are also below:-

Nebraska Facebook -

Corpse Garden - Suspended Over The Abyss

Next up is Costa Rican death metal band Corpse Garden and their recent single, Suspended Over The Abyss. This track was released in September 2014 and was the band's first recorded output since their 2012 full-length Burnt By The Light.

In 2012 Corpse Garden won the chance to play at Wacken Open Air and that has bought them to the attention of more people across the world. I believe that they are also readying an album for this year, so watch this space and in the meantime, check this out.

Corpse Garden play a heavy and raw brand of death metal on Suspended Over The Abyss, with warp speed drumming and low, guttural growls. The guitars rip through the song like chainsaws as well! There is melody here from both the guitars and the bass, but Corpse Garden follow the old-school path. Once again, they’re very good at what they do and its no wonder they were chosen to play at Wacken. I’m looking forward to hearing the new album now!

You can stream the song on Youtube here:-

Corpse Garden Facebook -

XII Boar - Damage Case (Motorhead Cover)

The third and final single is a cover of the Motorhead song Damage Case, from Hampshire's sludge n roll monsters XII Boar. This trio has been pounding up and the down UK for about for years now and have released two EP's and a single prior to this.

They released their version of Damage Case as a free download in October 2014. XII Boar had a big year last year and that momentum shows no sign of stopping. UK sludge and stoner has grown hugely in recent years and these guys are helping to lead it.

What is there to be said about a Motorhead song that hasn’t been said already. Well, XII Boar’s version of Damage Case is a little different in that they take their stoner/sludge sound and apply it to the rock n roll of Motorhead to create a original take on the song. It’s heavier than the original, yet retains it’s swagger.

A lot of people will have seen XII Boar up and down the country over the last twelve months, so will have heard this song in a live setting. Undoubtedly, that’s where is should be heard. This version is creative and helps keep us all hooked prior to their up-coming full-length.

You can stream and download the track here:-

There's also a Youtube vid here:-

XII Boar Facebook -

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