The Best Band in Delaware is Sloss

Who will it be?

Back in August we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we’ve finally narrowed down our pick for the “Hi, I’m in Delaware” state. The best band in Delaware is a one man noise project called Sloss.

Your judges went hunting for metal in Delaware and ended up with something completely unexpected.

Sloss was originally started as a one-man instrumental death metal project (with vocals added later). You can check out his older work here. To be quite honest, it doesn’t do much for me. There are interesting ideas at work but the execution is lacking. Fortunately, Sloss (a man named Patrick from Milton, Delaware) has recently moved on to greener pastures with fantastic results.

In late August, Sloss released a 3-way split with similar ambient noise projects Ghost Beds and (endlight). According to the man, “I got bored with guitar and metal, so I wrote some dark ambient/noise stuff for fun… It’s only 6 minutes worth of material from Sloss, but the three songs are about a person going out for their normal swim and drowning.”

Take six minutes out of your day and listen to this very short song cycle. Listen to the subtle metal influences. Feel the water fill your lungs. It’s not anything that will make you bang your head. It’s not anything that will test your eardrums or patience. These songs are far more sinister.


Here’s what our judges had to say:

Christian Molenaar: Let’s be real here: Delaware has a dearth of good bands. Can you name a single Delawarean (that’s a word, I guess) musician from memory? George Thorogood? I think that’s it. This state is pretty flushworthy, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see something like Sloss popping up. Sloss seems most at home busting out riff after riff of the chunky death metal purveyed by their Furnace EP, but he really shines when he slows down to craft intricate, unsettling spacey drones as heard on their split with (endlight) and ghostbeds. To borrow a phrase from Snakefinger, “afterwards it’s like a dream. You can’t remember but it seems to stay alive inside your mind and prey upon your leisure time.”

W.: Sloss is a one-man noise project that originally produced metal tracks. The dark aesthetic and tangible heft of the previous metal leanings are still present, but now they manifest in a unique and ugly fashion. Pulsating drum rhythms batter while the sounds of rushing water pull you into a maelstrom of woe. This isn’t heavy in the typical sense but remains crushingly bereft of light.

Masterlord SteelDragon: Here’s something I never thought I’d say: I think it was a good move for this guy to stop playing metal and start making noise. There’s really not a whole lot of material to go off with only three short songs on Sloss’ split with Ghost Beds and (endlight), but it’s unsettling, it’s dark, and it’s interesting. Which is something I rarely say about noise. More of this stuff, Mr. Sloss.


Honorable Mentions:

Guilt – Formerly known as For Centuries, Guilt put out beatdown hardcore for mean kids. Check em on Facebook.

Scripted Youth – Your Editor in Chief has been circle pitting in his living room since finding this band. Here’s their Facebook.

The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:
Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes

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  • Nobody really lives in Delaware.

    • I think you have it confused with Idaho.

      • W.

        Idaho isn’t real!

        • Poseur Diposeur

          I can see Idaho from my house. I assure you it’s there it’s just keeping a low profile because no one there pays their taxes

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I have never been to Delaware but I am sure people live there. Montana on the other hand has basically no people.

      • Are you SURE??

        • In four decades of existence I’ve never met one fucking person from Delaware. I’ve even met somebody from Tasmania.

          • Delaware is a big ass potemkin city that exists to house corporations. Obviously we were shocked to find music there.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          Have you ever met anyone from Montana? I haven’t.

          • W.

            Peggy Hill is from Montana.

          • Evel Knievel was from Montana.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Make believe peoplw don’t count

          • Oh great, we got one of those Evel Knievel deniers

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Before now, I did not know it was a thing to aknowledge the fact that Evel Knievel was actually a continous mass hallucination caused by LSD the government keeps spiking the water tabs with.

          • KJM

            He’s a ‘Snake River Canyon’ truther.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            He is at least more real than Finland and Luxembourg. What next, are you going to deny the existence of someone like Steven Tyler or the band who made this song? This song is more real than you and Death are. Plus, this song is heavier than quite a few bands back in the 70’s including Iron Butterfly and Blue Cheer.


          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Dickie Petersen is love. Dickie Petersen is life. And not from Montana. Dickie Petersen 2016, Elect the Dead

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I do love me my Blue Cheer but the band I posted is uncharacteristically heavy for the time period they were in. When was the last time you heard such a catchy song about the apocalypse such as this one?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            About 13 minutes ago

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Exactly. Wasn’t the song I posted so good?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Bloodrock’ enjoyable

          • KJM

            Unless I was hallucinating, I can vouch for the existence of Steven Tyler, in concert and saw him shopping at a record store as well.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            He does exist as much as Evel Knievel does exist. I’ve never seen Aerosmith live but I can vouch for his existence as well as I own two Aerosmith albums with him on them and I have been on the Aerosmith roller coaster at Disney World and he shows up in one of the videos. I’ve actually been meaning to pick up the remasters of Draw The Line, Night In The Ruts and Rock In A Hard Place on vinyl.

          • KJM

            I saw Aerosmith for two reasons.

            1)The real Guns N Roses were opening for them(it was 1988)

            2) It was free. A friend had All Access passes, even got 2 free meals out of it.

            Aerosmith were ok, but it was like watching a Broadway version of a rock concert, slick and over produced.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Lucky you. I used to get free concert tickets when I worked at a concert venue but that’s because I was an intern and I worked in the ticket office.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            He was? I would have never known that.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Really? I didn’t know that.

          • RustyShackleford


          • W.

            How’s the bug business, Dale?

          • RustyShackleford

            Been good. Some big dogs keep trying to buy me out, but I ain’t sellin’ cause that’s just a government conspiracy so that can start keeping tabs on me. You can’t stop Dale’s Dead Bug!

          • Xan

            I met one person whilst mountaineering there a few years ago.

          • KJM

            I think there are a lot of Aryan Nation style White Supremacists in Montana, Wyoming too.

      • KJM

        The only cultural touchstone I have with Delaware is the Briscoe Brothers from Ring of Honor.

    • Gurp

      I guess its fitting then that the chosen band is ambience.

  • Edward Meehan

    For Centuries, noooooooooooooooooooo!

    Fine runners up.

  • Tyree
  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    That cover doesn’t exactly fit my taste. But listening to Swimming, And, Drowning at the same time made it seem like it was moving. Seems so much better now.

  • Tyree
  • Tyree

    I can’t stop thinking about Delaware.

    • You and everyone else man. Always with the Delaware on the brain.

  • Stockhausen

    A few of the Black Crown Initiate guys are from Delaware. That is all.

  • Death

    I dig this.

    • W.

      I too dig this.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I dimmadig this. I dimmadig this so much.

  • RustyShackleford

    Legitimately have enjoyed each of the bands in this series so far. The fact that there are so many more is kinda giving me an excitement boner.

    • I’m really glad you’re enjoying it! This has been really tough to put together but I’d like to think we are finding the best bands out there.

      • RustyShackleford

        I imagine it’s hard as hell haha. Regardless, y’all are finding cool bands that would be next to impossible to discover anywhere else. That’s awesome!

  • Sir_William_Whalus

    Did someone say something about watery metal? This sounds as though it was forged in the Mariana Trench?

  • KJM

    This was pretty good. I enjoyed it.