Metal: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories. Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase!
Bastard plays a heavily thrash-influenced brand of Satanic black metal. Most of the band's songs are short and to the point, with precision drumming and guitar leads that deliver aural frostbite to the listener. Reformed last year out of the now-defunct Harkonin, Bastard has risen from the ashes like an ice phoenix made of frozen piss and gasoline. With a sound reminiscent of earlier Bathory, Aura Noir and Hate Them era Darkthrone, Bastard's noise is metal played by veterans of the genre, executed without flaw or falsity.
Black Fast is no stranger to this publication, which is a good thing, considering the band has almost no internet presence otherwise. This hasn't slowed anything down for the band -- especially its style, reminiscent of pioneering metal bands such as Kreator, Death and Sodom. Black Fast displays an incredible amount of musicianship, with strident vocals and complicated guitar work over an impressive rhythm section. Breakneck speeds flow seamlessly into complex mid-tempo sections without sounding forced or overly complicated. Now, if only the band could be found on Google...
Fear. Dread. Undistilled evil. These are the themes that would still come across throughout Fister's Gemini even if it was an instrumental record. It is all black metal gnarl and gritty sludge, guitars feeding back at every breath and a bass tone that sounds like Satan's taint. It is the kind of record high school kids hide from their parents and college dropouts use as trays to roll joints. St. Louis' premier doom trio long ago earned its reputation as a must-see act; Gemini makes it easier to show the band off to the rest of the dark universe.