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Extreme Metal's best new bands

The extreme metal underground is more alive than ever, with countless amazing young bands pushing the boundaries of heavy music. We’ve gathered the very best around.

Lord Of War

Future brutality, California-style

Where many of their post-deathcore peers have a great sound but no songs, Lord Of War have the razor-sharp tunes to match their blistering chops. Last year’s Suffer album was criminally overlooked and is simply the finest example of ultra-modern death metal to emerge in years. Future gods. Listen to: Manufactured Existence (Suffer, 2016)

Trojan

Prog death devastation from Indonesia

One of the most exciting bands in the ridiculously populous Indonesian metal scene, Trojan’s grisly but precise sound is equal parts slamming death metal and synapse-popping Meshuggah-style polyrhythms. Laudably progressive by design, recent album Archaic Dimension is an absolute monster. Listen to: Re-Fallen Race (Archaic Dimension, 2017)

Vacivus

Murky UK death with a heart of horror

Death metal seldom gets more twisted than Vacivus’s squall. Their new album could propel this Sunderland quintet to the upper reaches of the UK extreme underground. Their muscular but gnarly attack will leave you breathless. Or dead. Listen to: Towards Infinite Chasms (Temple Of The Abyss, 2017)

Carnal Decay

The ultimate Swiss grinding machine

Underground heroes in their native Switzerland, Carnal Decay’s hybrid onslaught offers a sublime blend of DM, brutal hardcore and flat-out, swivel eyed grind. Their latest album brims with weirdly accessible moments while removing your face. Listen to: Your Guts My Glory (You Owe You Pay, 2017)

Ulsect

Technical, dissonant death metal

Featuring two members of avant-black metallers Dodecahedron, Ulsect’s self-titled debut takes their reality-warping dynamics into the realms of death and post-metal, adding heaving riffs and doomy passages into their repertoire of whorls. Listen to: Moirae (Ulsect, 2017)

So This Is Suffering

Obdurate bruisers on the deathcore trail

For anyone concerned about the future of deathcore, So This Is Suffering offer a defiant, jaw-shattering response. Insanely heavy but subtly sophisticated, the songs on new album Palace Of The Pessimist are full of sharp ideas and lacerating hooks. Suffering never felt so good. Listen to: Xenomorphic (Palace Of The Pessimist, 2017)

Cytotoxin

German sci-fi death to rattle your teeth

Standard bearers for a new breed of DM that ups the brutality ante on every level, Cytotoxin are rapidly establishing themselves as one of Europe’s most extreme bands. Light-speed blasting, wild technicality and a dash of futuristic fervour combine to make your skull explode. Nice. Listen to: Antigenesis (Gammageddon, 2017)

Images At Twilight

Extreme symphonic madness from Norway

The curiously named Images At Twilight play extreme symphonic metal, with a fair few death and black metal influences. There are shades of Bal-Sagoth and Carach Angren, but despite the orchestral touches, the vibe is less melodramatic. Listen to: Ninhagaz (The End Of An Era Chapter I) (Kings, 2015)

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