The Best Band in New Hampshire is Eerie

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Back in August we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we finally narrowed down our pick for the Live Free or Die Harder with a Vengeance state. The best band in New Hampshire is Eerie.

Inside sources tell me that New Hampshire is “a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States”. I can’t personally verify those details so I’ll take them at face value. “New Hampshire”, a “state” in the “United States”, is known for being one of the three whitest states in the nation. Whereas Maine has Stephen King and lobster, and Vermont has Heady Topper and syrup, New Hampshire is notable for [Note to self: find something New Hampshire is notable for]. From this beige landscape comes the din of piles of vintage amplifiers.

Eerie’s debut album Volumetric Addiction is a collection of sounds devoted to anxiety and depression played through the sickest gear. The songs within do so much more than wallow in a bad mood. These melodic and introspective compositions recall early Pelican with tone soaked in 70s hard rock. Get a solid taste of the sludge in store for you with opening track “And Graciously the Maw Opens, Accepting the 11th Sacrifice”, a mostly instrumental 9-minute journey through doom and yearning guitar lines.

Last year the band put out a new record called Ostensoric Night Dream. Unfortunately, the record isn’t streaming and it looks like physical orders aren’t available through any store front at the moment. Regardless, jam Volumetric Addiction below.

Go like Eerie on Facebook and pick up Volumetric Addiction from their Bandcamp.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what our judges had to say:

Dagon: Recent years have seen doom bands (more so of the stoner doom variety) completely flood the metal landscape. What sets Eerie apart from the rest of the pack is how well crafted their songs are, blending different influences and sounds to birth music that is so beautifully introspective. While the rumbling low end is heavy, the feeling it produces is not that of oppression, but rather warmth, as the fuzz-laden sonic waves wash over you. The lead guitars only help to accentuate this sentiment, instilling their sorrowful melody deep into your brain. FFO: thinking about life, reverb & fuzz pedals.

Karhu: The year of our lord, 2015 has been a year of bad doom, so it’s been a pleasure to find a band like Eerie who deliver the goods from start to finish. Slow, fuzzy songs doom away without any hurry and even stop to drone once in a while. If mostly instrumental doom doesn’t sound off-putting for you this here is your ham. And if it does, shut up a your mouth and play “Bounded By Blood And Gold”.

HONORABLE MENTION

Sassu Wunnu (Swanzey, NH)

Raw, black doom that’s all eeeeeeeevil and stuffs.


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
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Iowa – Blizzard at Sea
Kansas – Bummer
Kentucky – Ad Infinitum
Louisiana – Withering Light
Maine – Sylvia
Maryland – Bereave
Massachusetts – Scaphism
Michigan – Blackgate
Minnesota – Noble Beast
Mississippi – Jared Moran (Yzordderrex/Uzumaki)
Missouri – Existem
Montana – Martriden
Nebraska – Borealis
Nevada – Elephant Rifle

  • Tyree
  • KJM

    The best band ever to come out of New Hampshire.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJsIEOxkUik

    • These guys sound a lot like Clutch. Can’t go wrong with that.

      • KJM

        Started out in the mid 90s just like Clutch and lasted until about 2007-8, managed to see them 7 times before they gave it up.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      Vattnet Viskar is my favorite from NH. Good shit.

    • RustyShackleford

      Someone posted this band like wayyyyy back last year when the toilet was new and I’ve been jamming this album and Jaggernaut ever since. Made my walks home in the frigid fucking cold all winter way better.

      • KJM

        Such good music. I wish they would reunite.

  • This is really good. I like the sludgy sound combined with a little more melodic stuff.

  • Stanley

    I don’t ever recall to saying to myself, “Stanley, what you need right now is a good dose of doom”.

    • The Beargod

      You’ve missed on a great deal of good things then.

      • Dagon

        I second. The doom is that God shit, that bear or manmaid shit.

      • Stanley

        That’s entirely possible. One of my main character flaws is a lack of patience (ask my wife, on second thoughts don’t), and i think that carries through to my musical tastes as well.

        • Dagon

          Fister says that “if it’s too slow, you’re not old enough” or something. Guess you are a young man at heart. I, on the other hand, am an old soul.

          • Stanley

            Who’s this Fister character that you refer to?

          • Tyree
          • Stanley

            Am I wearing ski goggles?

          • Stanley

            This is trying my patience.

          • Stanley

            Alright at 2:08 something happened.

          • Tyree

            Haha! I figured this one would get on your nerves.

          • Stanley

            I’m about to explode!

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            This definitely wins it for most unnecessarily long intro ever in my book.

          • Dagon

            Patience is the name of the game when it comes to dooming the fuck out. I would be pleased to offer you guidance. Are you familiar with stoner metal or NOLA sludge bands?

          • Stanley

            Only Fu Manchu and Kyuss. Both of whom have riffs and rock hard.

          • Dagon

            Those are the perfect gateway drugs. Early Sabbath as well. It’s hard to like things slowed down to a crawl from the start.

            I would say check the riffy NOLA sludge bands like Crowbar, Eyehategod, Down and Acid Bath.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scRjUhxWf20

          • KJM
          • KJM

            Fu Manchu >>>

          • Stanley
          • Stanley

            My guitar playing skills could definitely warrant a place in doom band. I just need to work on my patience and learn to count better.

          • Tyree

            It’s so much more difficult to play slower. That’s why I play fast.

          • Stanley

            I’ve been playing along to a metronome (a little bit) lately and my timing is worse than awful.

          • Tyree

            There is no metronome in grind. Never used one.

          • Stanley

            So what do use when tracking drums? Do you not have a click in your ear? Or does your guitarist lay down some scratch tracks and you play to his timing?

          • Tyree

            We just record together. Then he records another track over top of what we played originally together.

          • Stanley

            So all the songs on SFTS are recorded live in one take?

          • Tyree

            Yes sir.

          • Stanley

            Sheeeiiittt.

          • Dagon

            For drummers, maybe, but I think for guitar it’s easier.

          • Stanley

            It wasn’t good though.

          • Stanley

            Where’s 365 when you need him?

          • Maybe this is more your speed?
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qdk5OhpULs

          • Tyree

            Hahaha! Dick.

          • Stanley

            That was a nice power nap. Thanks Joe.

        • The Beargod

          There’s a few people here who don’t enjoy doom, but I love it.

          • i’m one of them. i think that speed (sure it’s a relative term) is required for something to be metal.
            fingers crossed i don’t incur the wrath of JAG

          • The Beargod

            While I can understand your unlove of doom that was the dummest thing said all day.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            I’m kind of jealous now but then again I am not.

          • The Beargod

            Don’t worry, you can still have most dumb things said in a day record.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Maybe I should try to steal it? Not gonna be hard for me.

          • The Beargod

            Now why on earth would you want something like that.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            A record is a record!

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            I like this Tapir, can we keep him?

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Don’t touch me!

          • The Beargod

            No! He’s a filthy Finn!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Shut your shitty Helsinki bitch mouth!

          • The Beargod

            C U @ The Circus, Clown!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            You’re not gonna come there. You can’t stand Homo Erotic Passion Pop.

          • The Beargod

            But I liek the Raven.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            Go away, stupid bear

          • The Beargod

            You’ll never get rid of me!
            *disappears*

          • get in line, motherflusher! well, we could set up some kind of rotation schedule.

          • yeah, it was pretty bad! but i can’t edit it now.

          • KJM

            o_O

          • Stanley

            I like love Candlemass. Am I forgiven?

          • The Beargod

            Good enough for me. Riffs.

          • come to think of it, one of you handsome devils recommended a Candlemass album to me years ago and i really liked it.
            maybe my thought process is bad.

          • Stanley
          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            This actually sounds really good, and I’m not bored 1 minute in!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I prefer Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

          • Stanley

            Solitude is probably my favourite Candlemass song.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            You ain’t so bad.

          • Stanley

            Actually, I was mistaken. It’s Bewitched.

          • The Beargod

            Can’t stop laughing at MessiahMarcolin everytime I see him in this.

          • Stanley

            When I was trolling for whiffs a few weeks back I saw this video. Absolutely priceless. Kids, this is the reason why you shouldn’t do stoopid shit to camera. It will come back and haunt you!

          • Tyree

            3:09 is what I do to pick up the babes BRO.

          • Tyree

            Then they run away into the forest.

          • 5:50 = me and my crew when we hit your town.

          • Tyree

            I’ll stomp with you.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I made a mistake, you’re the worst.

          • Stanley

            No, no, I take it back. It’s Samaritan. I cry every time I listen to it. Srs.

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I will slit you throat while you’re sleeping.

          • The Beargod

            I didn’t even have a disqus handle until the ToH was up 🙁

          • i don’t blame you. life sucked until the ToH was up!

          • Sir Tapir the Based

            I made my first disqus handle (the Anus) slightly before this place was born.

          • Stanley

            Me too. There was never a need.

  • KJM

    I agree. Eerie is good stuff.

    • Dagon

      It’s all about them leads.

      • Tyree
        • Dagon

          HOW DARE YOU!

          Side note: this scene is a classic and Hyundai bashing is still a thing.

          Side side note: I drive a Hyundai

          • Tyree

            Couldn’t resist.

  • New Hampshire is famous for “Live Free or Die” assholes who think it’s their god-given right to bring guns everywhere.

    • I thought that was our thing.

      • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

        Americans’ thing?

        • Texas!

          • Dagon

            Plano, Tx

            My future hometown

            *Gets shot

          • You’re more likely to get shot with a syringe of heroin in Plano.

          • Dagon

            I find it hard to believe that heroin is as prevalent as it actually is.

            It sort of disappeared from popular culture, or at least from the current popular culture I tend to take in.

          • KJM
          • Dagon

            I guess addiction remains after the “glamour” of being in the drug spotlight has long faded. Seriously, despite Sons Of Anarchy I don’t remember heroin getting so much playtime as it got in the 90s.

          • KJM

            Whatever you may think of The Taliban(SPOILER ALERT: they suck), they eradicated about 90% of the poppy production in Afghanistan during the late 90s. That all changed during the early 00s when “we” got there. Now they’re the number 1 narcostate in the world once again.

          • Dagon

            I had a notion that Afghan poppy exports got reduced dramatically during the war, which in turn led Colombia towards an increased production.

            I don’t know where that notion comes from, because I confess not having read extensively about the subject.

          • KJM

            My info may be a couple years out of date, but you’re right about Colombia and also Mexico. Afghanistan was definitely the tops during the 90s though and production did go back up during the war.

          • guess

            nope it increased. to much money in it. they have the right climate to grow poppy

          • more beer

            Mexico has increased production of opium poppy’s more than anyone.

          • Herr Schmitty

            This article talks a bunch about how Florida cracked down on prescription drug abuse… and how heroin arrests have more than doubled each year as part of the aftermath.

            The article doesn’t mention that heroin use/deaths are up in lots of other states too- but they are. Florida was the major US Supplier of prescription drugs and crooked doctors to write them out… and when they cracked down, people everywhere moved back toward heroin. http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/cdc-report-floridas-crackdown-on-prescription-drugs-has-worked/2186802

          • guess

            the Taliban figure out poppy was the only thing they could make money on.so they let the farmers grow it again as long as they got a cut on the money

          • I was talking with a cat who is a recovering heroin addict (from Plano). He told me that he and his friends got addicted to prescription opiates and then moved on to heroin. Anecdotally, it seems to be a common path.

          • Dagon

            That makes a lot of sense considering how quick one may become tolerant when doing large doses. Also, it gets increasingly harder to score legal prescriptions when local doctors start figuring you out.

          • KJM

            In the beginning, heroin is the cheaper drug to score. Eventually it becomes way more expensive than the Oxycontin or Opana they were originally doing.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Yeah. Can confirm. Florida was running a ton of pill mills through the early oughts, tons of percocets/oxycodones were being picked up by people from states like NH, Kentucky, Tennessee and others all up & down the east coast with a shit-ton of crooked doctors writing the scripts. Florida itself was having like 3,000 OD deaths a year from prescription drugs, it was fucking nuts.

            FL passed tougher laws to eliminate pill mills and shady doctors in like 2010… and the number of pill mills declined by more than 50%. Correspondingly, heroin arrests doubled in many places… and that had a ripple effect. Heroin has made a big comeback up north too, now that Florida cracked down on the prescription opiates.

            Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/cdc-report-floridas-crackdown-on-prescription-drugs-has-worked/2186802

          • LobsterAttack

            Up here in Maine it’s an epidemic- people start with the hillbilly heroin and then move to the real stuff. Even down here on the relatively more affluent coast, it’s bad.

          • Óðhinn

            Nah. If you live in a city with a major port, heroin is perpetual. Not that everybody does it, but there will always be a few who do.

          • more beer

            That`s almost everywhere nowadays.

    • RustyShackleford

      Word I heard they even made a shitty movie out of that slogan…
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Free_or_Die_Hard

    • KJM

      I’m actually surprised that it’s a “Blue State”.

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        It never used to be. For the longest time it was as red as Texas. It was sort of like this strange island of conservatism in the bluest stretch of America.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      This is true. I’m actually bringing my cyber-revolver to this conversation.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      The funny thing though is you would actually be hard pressed to find a hardcore Christian anywhere in the state. New Hampshire and Vermont have for many years been the two least religious states in the union.
      #NHfacts

    • Óðhinn

      Yeah, but who wants to live in a country where you can’t accidentally discharge your AR-15 and kill somebody in between your jalapeño poppers and flat iron steak at Bennigan’s? 😉

  • KJM
  • KJM
  • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

    Y’all know at least one awesome thing about the state of New Hampshire. It harbors the metal-terrorist/asshole Howard Dean in its wilds!

    Side note: Maple syrup from VT, NH, and ME is all identical. Same climate, same landscape, same biosphere, same taste. VT just happens to be the state that brands/whores it and uses it as a major part of their state identity (for whatever reason they choose to disregard their status as a welfare state and haven for heroin trafficking). Oh well. They gotta have something.

    • HD, you ever had Heady Topper? I hear all the time that it’s just the damn bee’s knees. Seems unlikely I’ll ever get a taste down here.

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        I have. It’s really damn good. It’s actually hard to get around here, too, since they produce a relatively small amount of it a d are so damn selective with whom they distribute. But occasionally I can snag some at a dedicated brewing/beer store near me.

        • InfinityOfThoughts

          I would gladly sacrifice my left nut for some Heady Topper.

          …..strike that. I’ll give a kidney for it.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            What is the equivalent in cash? We might be able to strike a deal. 🙂

          • My left kidney is worth about $50 which I will gladly give you in exchange for ultra rare beer in the mail.

          • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

            Hmm… lemme see what I can do. It would be fun to be an interstate (legal?) bootlegger of award winning IPA. The stuff sells out super fast even around here, though, and the Alchemist brewing people are kinda Nazis about it (they recommend you drink it soon after buying it and it’s blasphemous to not drink it straight from the can–they are a little crazy).

      • Stanley

        That beer is totally on my Drink Before You Croak list. Comes in cans, right?

        • Yep! Tall boyz

          • Stanley

            I can’t imagine drinking a DIPA out of a can though. You still need to poor it into a nice snifter and sit back in a nice comfy armchair, so I can’t imagine there’s much difference.

      • Óðhinn
    • KJM

      Being the Boston Masshole that I am, it’s all just boring wilderness to me. The syrup’s good though.

      • Akerskronks ov Steele

        Being that asshole who lives in a desert I’d like to go somewhere forest. but I’m more of a Pacific Northwest person myself.

        • KJM

          I can ride my bicycle for about 15-30 minutes and find plenty of nice trees, grass, and even some horses. That’s good enough for me.

      • Dagon

        I was amazed by Boston’s subway system.

        Then again, my standards are probably the lowest in this blog since I live in a fucking jungle.

        • I’d like to trade places with you for the winter.

          • Dagon

            Fun fact: although South American summer is in January, the people in my city/state say that it is winter. In Portugal, the winter is rainy af, so when they got here they thought it was winter as well. More heat = more rain.

            The misconception still stands.

          • If the temperature’s above 65, I’ll take the rain.

          • KJM

            Agreed. I’ll settle for above 60F.

        • KJM

          Check out New York City’s. It’s crazy.
          The T is underfunded and outdated, but I’m still glad to have it. It makes living in this very expensive area easier and cheaper.

          • LobsterAttack

            Speaking of very expensive area (fuck it, I know it’s off topic), I’m hoping to move to Boston within the next few months- any ideas as to which areas are more affordable but still allow easy enough access to downtown via the T?

          • KJM

            Blue Line (i.e. East Boston, Revere, Winthrop) or Orange Line(i.e. Everett, Malden, Melrose, maybe parts of Medford).

          • LobsterAttack

            Sweet. I was looking at some listings in Malden, will look more closely. Thanks!

  • KJM
  • As a resident of NJ, I am curious to know if I’m familiar with whoever you guys picked from the pothole capital of the world.

    • Man, it was a fucking knock-down, drag out fight for the votes on NJ. More quality bands there than most states.

      • The only band I can think of is Organ Dealer but they might be signed. I just saw they are playing not too far from me next week. I’ll see if my do nothing friends want to go check them out.

      • OldMetalHead

        Is that because of that whole no art without pain thing?

    • Dagon

      Several cage fighting matches between ToH writers have been scheduled to get to a result.

      • The Beargod

        Heads will roll, mark my words!

        • Dagon

          I’m thinking about changing my current vote just to get it back to a tie. I like to watch you fighting. Makes immortality less unbearable.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I will end you.

          • Dagon

            Ayy lmao

            Hahahaha April fools hahahahj

          • Tyree

            I’ll give you 5 banana stickers if you do.

          • Dagon

            Nah, I already did my fair of shenaniganz this week. I’ll give you this instead:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFJs2pWeSr8

          • Tyree

            NASTY NASTY NASTY!

          • The Beargod

            This split was Gold, GOLD I tell you!

          • Dagon

            The cover art alone is amazing

          • I will give you a free consultation, you may want an official from this shithole to guide you.

  • KJM
  • CT-12

    Well this band fucking rules

    • KJM

      Agreed, quite good.

  • J.R.

    Too instrumental/10. Flush.
    It is a shame too, because the music and atmosphere is really well done. I’d still blast this if I was cleaning my room or something. It just needs vocals if it is something I am going to sit and really pay attention to.