The Best Band in North Carolina is The Seduction

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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 and calling each other lots of names, we finally narrowed down our pick for the most Petey Pablo-est state. The best band in North Carolina is The Seduction.

Today our travels across this great nation bring us to North Carolina. Let’s enjoy the native experiences. Have a fresh cigarette from the vast tobacco fields. Partake in sauced and barbecued meats. Get far too excited about college basketball. Take your shirt off. Twist it ’round your head like a helicopter.

While we partake in these exotic and distinctly North Carolinian delights, let me ask you a few questions: do you like riffs? How about hard rock and/or roll? Could you smack down on some blues-y licks right about now? Do you want a cheap domestic beer? Then brother, I think we’re in paradise because Wilkesboro, NC’s rockers The Seduction have all that shit in spades.

I’ve heard rumor that some of you flushers love Clutch. I’ve heard talk through the grapevine that some among you get your kicks with The Sword. Why, I’ve heard incendiary whispers that there are perhaps a smattering of readers that enjoy Motörhead. How lewd. On the band’s debut LP You Catch Fire, The Seduction hit all of those sweet spots. Expect most tracks to punch you right in the hard rock/stoner Venn diagram erogenous zone, but there’s a bit of variety here; “The Flood” is a bar-room slow burner that builds and rises to a triumphant climax. The whole album is worth a listen and oh, hey what’s that? Apparently you can listen to it right below this sentence.

 

But don’t just take my word for it. Hear it from some of our esteemed judges:

Randall Thor: The seduction play fast paced southern fried stoner rock/metal, but overall, they fucking rock. Their debut, You Catch Fire, is an endless fest of ball kicking riffs, and will keep you head banging for weeks to come. Seriously, if you can make it through this entire album without smiling, shouting HELL YEAH, pounding a 24 Oz PBR, and /or wrecking your neck, check your pulse. As if their music wasn’t good enough, they bring the music to life live in the form of explosive energy, mountain man accents, tons of PBR, headbanging, and are the most party band I have ever had the pleasure to see. If you ever, ever see this band is coming to your town, do not miss at any cost.

Dubya: Oh ho, what’s this tingling in my nether regions? It’s as if my grundle is being tickled by a dozen gentle midgets while a pair of very strong, masculine hands rub all those knots out of my shoulders. Oh, this is the feeling of listening to the Seduction. My senses have caught fire, and I can’t even see across the room through all these butterflies and Lisa Frank-esque hearts floating through the air. Consider me smitten.

Dagon: There are so many interchangeable stoner bands out there right now that whenever I listen to one of them – even though it’s one of my favorite sounds – 90% of their songs will bore me to death. This band is an exception. The Seduction plays no frills stoner metal with all the right influences. There’s big riffs, blazing guitarwork, a rhythm section that gets your head bobbing and your feet stomping and, most importantly, great songs, made even more memorable by the excellent vocals. There’s even some punkish moments thrown in for good measure. Bless their souls.

Pick up You Catch Fire on The Seduction’s Bandcamp page and go give ’em a like on Facebook.

Honorable Mentions:

Noctomb – From Raleigh with sludge. And some black metal. Find them on Bandcamp.


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
New Hampshire – Eerie
New Jersey – Black Table
New Mexico – Void Ritual
New York – HUSH.

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  • God damn that first track was good!

    GL

  • Dagon

    http://i.imgur.com/OfJGxle.jpg

    We (I) have a new hero.

    • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

      This is the most off-topic thing posted in a while.

      • *this is the most inappropriately worded topic posted in a while*

        GL

        • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

          That too.

        • Dagon

          At least I’m not responsible for that. I just appreciate the raw talent of a gifted human being.

          • Dr. W.’s Tentacles

            Come on, man. That’s what the FB group is for.

  • KJM

    Yep, this is my thing.

  • Guacamole Jim
    • Dagon

      How’s that bruise coming along? Is it still purple/blue or is it yellowish now?

      • Actiondonkey

        He put a pic of it right above…

      • Guacamole Jim

        It’s actually really cleared up nicely. There’s still a bit of swelling, but it’s really come down, and the bruise has gone from purple/red to a red outline and a vaguely yellowish centre.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Dare I say some of the riffs evoke a very Iron Maiden-esque approach – which is downright killer! Also, the riffs are well executed and meaningful. There does not seem to be a lot of riff/lick wasting going on.

    GL

  • Celtic Frosty

    I prefer Noctomb. Thanks for including them as the honorable mention.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Ooh, cool shit.

  • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

    How did Randall’s band not get a mention?

    • The Beargod

      No one likes punk.

      • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

        He does power metal though.

        • and punk… and doom… and speed… and choir (x3)

          • The Beargod

            Which of the crapbag’s is doom?

          • Filling in for a little while for them, maybe long term http://yearoftheox.bandcamp.com/

          • J.R.

            ayy this is good!

          • We’re opening Tuesday for Korpiklaani and Trollfest!

          • J.R.

            Dude that is killer news! Any news on the Huntsville Alabama leg of the tour?

          • I know nothing

      • Beargod,

        I have been singing The Gentle Storms songs so much in my head that I am on the edge of loosing my mind. I wake up in the morning singing them – during the day – during the evening.

        The songs are too good. Pls hlp.

        GL

        • The Beargod

          I’m sorry, there’s no known vaccine for this.
          Maybe ye shall find comfort in the knowledge that I – most likely – am forced to follow ye to thine padded room.

          • WHAT ID GIVE TO HOLD YOU IN MY ARMS AND BE TOGETHER… THOUGH THE SEA HAS CALLED YOUR NAME…. IN EVER SWEET SURRENDER….

            WE WILL FIND OUR WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY

            I am loosing it.

            GL

          • The Beargod

            and as the moon’s gazing down
            on the shores of India
            I am calling out your name
            may the tides bear my words!

          • I spent all day yesterday singing that one. Usually it is the Endless Sea song that plagues my thoughts…

            GL

          • Jajajaja, bear my words 😛

          • You liked those tunes didn’t you?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q2Wx5H6wkg

            GL

          • Slit your goats

            I’m digging this more than I think I would. Second song I’ve heard of them and thinking of giving this a try. Which version do you prefer?

          • The “Storm” version for sure. Having two versions is difficult. Stick with the heavy version! It will change your life.

            GL

          • Slit your goats

            I’ve heard good things about the gentle version as well, why do you prefer the Storm one?

          • Personally, it is difficult to be drawn to any album let along being drawn one with two different versions of the same song. If you buy it on Itunes you get both for the price of one – then you do not have to decide!

            GL

          • Slit your goats

            They’re both on Spotify so I’m going to listen to both of them anyway.

          • Hubie, I liked more the Gentle version 🙂

            I think you will enjoy it more, because it’s more folky.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Tapir does not like.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            Oletko varma?

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            Aivan vitun varma.

          • Did you ever listen to her work in The Gathering???

            GL

          • The Beargod

            Yes. Some of it I like quite a lot.

          • I am noob to those tunes – but I am loving what I am hearing!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I’m gonna make that vaccine.
            (Warning: it may contain autism)

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            Tapir kiitos!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            No need to thank me JJD.

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            Se ei ollut hyvä asia!

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            “Kiitos” means “thank you”. You thanked me.

          • I read it as “Tapir Kitties” which sounds cvte as fvck.

            GL

          • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

            I meant to say please.

    • Disqualified due to inappropriate behavior with a dragon.

  • Listening to this now a 2nd time and I’d say that it sounds a little like Everytime I Die with the hardcore taken out.

  • Tyree

    Hail to legendary pooping experiences. 4 times today, feeling proud of shit.

  • Lacertilian

    The vocals here seem like a mix of Bummer, ETID & The Bronx. Anyone else hearing that?
    Also I might have to listen to the rest of the album because I don’t really hear the stoner vibe FishGod.