Episode #24: Codex II: Dawn of Metal

Episode #24: Codex II: Dawn of MetalEl Goro and SonOfOdin explore the question of “Is this metal?” this month, first with two of the stranger new releases: the a capella stylings of Germany’s Van Canto and Japan’s J-pop/metal hybrid Babymetal. Then it’s back to North America to check out the gothic stylings of Canada’s Unveil and the blues-y crooning of Glenn Danzig’s second solo album.

New Releases:

Van Canto : Dawn of the Brave (2014)
Van Canto is a German a cappella ensemble who perform a hybrid of classic, power, and symphonic metal. Two of the five singers perform the lead vocals, three imitate the guitars and the bass, and one actual drummer provides the percussion.
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Babymetal : Babymetal (2014)
What happens when you combine metalcore with Japanese idol pop? You end up with Babymetal, a fusion of metal and idol music. Despite the underage nature of the singers, the name actually refers to this being a newborn musical style, rather than aimed at children.
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Local/Indie Band:

Unveil : Codex Noctem (2013)
Formed in 2004, Unveil is a gothic metal band from Quebec, Canada. Originally an all-male band, Unveil performed at a fundraiser with a local female folk-rock singer who quickly became a full-time member. Their first EP is a collection of songs inspired by vampires, solitude, and the secrets of the night.
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Heavy Metal Valhalla:

Danzig : Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990)
When Glenn Danzig left the Misfits, he formed the group Samhain to explore a darker, blues-influenced form of heavy metal. After a few linup changes, Danzig changed the group’s name to his own surname so that he could continue indefinitely regardless of the other membership.
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