The Ten Best St. Louis Metal Bands

Categories: Best Of, Metal

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FULGORA

Fuck. Fulgora is amazing. For a band that rarely plays locally, it has gained serious national attention. Releasing a seven-inch record earlier this year on Dischord Records (yes, Ian MacKaye's record label), the band punishes the listener with Brandon LaMew's dizzying riffs and stunning drum-work by the bulletproof Adam Jarvis. A recent addition to Fulgora's Bandcamp page is a brand-new song. Clocking in at just under three minutes, Fulgora has produced yet another masterpiece. Do yourself a favor and check this band out right now.
-- Kenny Snarzyk

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FISTER

Fear. Dread. Undistilled evil. These are the themes that would still come across throughout Fister's Gemini even if it were 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.
-- Ryan Wasoba

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THE LION'S DAUGHTER

The members of the Lion's Daughter claim no specific subgenre: They simply play metal, and they play it well. Hints of influence by Neurosis, Craft, Darkthrone and the Melvins peek through, while the music gets heavier with each release. Never satisfied, the trio is constantly working on improving its already near-perfect design, delivering a live show that is absolutely punishing. The Lion's Daughter has an upcoming split release with the local folksters of Indian Blanket, which will undoubtedly alienate a lot of the metal purists who have come around over the last few years. And you can bet that the band doesn't give a shit.
-- Kenny Snarzyk



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30 comments
Jason Allen
Jason Allen

Surprised I didn't see Vampire Mooose on that list.

lifer009
lifer009

You have to understand something, ya'll.  This article was written BY hack "metal" musicians FOR hack "metal" musicians.  Kind of pathetic, really...the way they nominate themselves and have their douche bag friends write biographical garbage as if they have an inkling of credibility in the industry.  These lists have become the laughing stock of STL music, and RFT holds about as much authority on the topic as STLpunk and MySpace circa 2003.

Mike Levin
Mike Levin

Check out Realm Facebook.com/realmstl

Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

Exactly. I've never been to a metal show in my life. But I listen to St. Anger in my BMW on the way to my spinning classes.

Jake Naumer
Jake Naumer

Obviously clueless...ever been to Charlack Pub??...

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

^^ Cheeno that was really, REALLY bad. Seriously. My god.

Sade Donovan
Sade Donovan

Again RFT..where did u get this data. .yuppies who don't go to metal shows?

Tim Holley
Tim Holley

Umm what the fuck? No Hemorrhaging Elysium ? Seriously?

Jamie Dunn
Jamie Dunn

Manifest is my favorite local metal band. \m/>

Sade Donovan
Sade Donovan

BKC...seriously Rft?!..yo list is incorrect

Moose12
Moose12

WHAT! No Vampire Mooose?????????


justinkeane1
justinkeane1

BLACKDETH  BLACKDETH BLACKDETH

The Best metal band in STL PERIOD! Vocally outstanding, musical technicality unmatched.

Diverse metal melodic, thrashy, unlike anything ever heard. Aggression and soul. 

Justin Keane, Eric Woods, Shawn Meyer.

grahamccollins1
grahamccollins1 topcommenter

The Animated Dead song is a face melter.

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