The Best Band in Rhode Island is Eternal Khan


Back in August 2014 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 teensiest, tiniest, itty bittiest state. The best band in Rhode Island is Eternal Khan.

Besides having a badass name, Eternal Khan are one of, if not the best band to come out of that small state that the Southies from “Bahstuhn” hate so much. This trio brings the consuming inevitably of doom and mix it with a heaping dose of ethereal black metal. T. Phrathep’s guitar rings with the type of tremolo soaked misery that conjures the heralding of legions of plague stricken malcontents shambling towards an unsuspecting village to ravage it to nothing. Bassist Nate Woods reigns as one of my favorite current vocalists in metal with a distinctive, articulate but still savage bark that compares to an undead general ordering his forsaken troops to destroy everything in sight.

Their 2012 demo and subsequent A Primitive History EP already showed a band primed to conquer the wastelands of modern metal, and the ante was upped by their full length debut A Poisoned Psalm. It was no mistake that album was put on my top 10 list of 2014. For a small sample of their musical prowess, listen to either “The Tower” with its opening clean note that bleeds melancholy and dread providing an appropriate intro to a mid paced, almost thrash-like rampage, or “Void of Light and Reconciliation” which tails off its crushing doom skeleton with some rarely utilized blasting that feels more like a sledgehammer to the stomach.

Of the thousands of young metal bands coming out of the Northeast, this trio are one of the few whose career I shall follow with fevered awe. Eternal indeed. Check out all their releases on Bandcamp and follow them on Facebook.

But don’t just take my word for it. See what some of our esteemed judges have to say:

Link Leonhart: From the beginning of the precise mysterious percussion, I knew Eternal Khan was a special band. Using the death/doom sonic palette, this three piece occult from Providence proves to everyone that the horrors still lurks and infects. The music is full of tremolos and rhythmic pummeling, so the atmosphere they produce is quite unnerving. Impressive guitar tone and very special vocal choices.

Joe Thrashnkill: Eternal…


Sangus – Blackened Thrash from Providence

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.
North Carolina – The Seduction
North Dakota – Gorgatron
Ohio – Prize the Doubt
Oklahoma – Cottonmouth
Oregon – Drouth
Pennsylvania – Burden

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  • I half-expected some slam jams with a logo like that.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    I will give these guys a listen.

    • Lacertilian

      That’s why were all here right?

      • Lacy plz!

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        They were very good.

        • Lacertilian

          They were are very good.
          The Khan gif may have imparted some bias for me though!

  • Hope you dig Eternal Khan as much as we did!

    Check this disgusting stuff from Rhode Island, called Sangus:

    It have Frosty’s seal of approval!

  • We are so close to finishing up all 50 states you guys! Who has been your favorite so far?

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    was ready to not like it—cuz of the intro //but then the vocals came in—‘
    this is where radio rock should be—if it wasn’t being tampered with by shills nowadays
    southern poverty law center—runs stormfront . org—-with tax payer funds–
    to create a fake “white supremacist’ presence on the internet—to create ‘manageable hate”

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box™

    This here band demonstrates that the size of your state doesn’t matter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).

  • Howard Dean
  • ME GROG™


    • WTF? o.o)

      I wish I can use my plane #GoogleImages707 to travel there, but I have work to do 🙁

    • Maik Beninton

      It’s a peninsula, which is almost an island.

    • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

      You can avoid Rhode Island for your entire life. It shouldn’t be a state either.

      • Providence is actually pretty cool. It is a very manageable city. The rest of the state can fuck off. Or not–whichever.

        • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

          Then it’s agreed. We’ll move Providence into a state that matters and let the oceans have the rest of Rhode Island.

          • Fantastic. There will be a bloody civil war between Connecticut and Mass for dibs . . .

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Loser gets swallowed up by New York.


    Meehhh. It’s either not enuff doom or not enuff black

  • Maik Beninton

    I like this.

  • Disgustache

    Every time I go ovah tah fahkkin Rhode Ayluhn, I get mah fahkiin cah towed. Bunch’a’fahkkin cack suckin shit it is I tells yas. Fahkkin feg.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I gawt a scah on my ahm from pahkin’ my cah

      • Disgustache

        A fahkkin scah? Why weren’t yah wearin a fahkkin lahng sleeve ya ass pounding feg boi?

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Fahck you and ya fahckin’ mothah ya fahckin cawksucka

          • Disgustache

            Ey awl fahkkin fahk both yous and yah muddah!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I fahckin’ knew knew ya would ya fahckin fahcka, you’ll fahck anything with dat nonexistant cawk dat was ran ovah by ya fahckin’ fat mothahfahckin’ mothah

            *passes out from maximum Boston*

          • Disgustache

            *passes out from 15th beer after a long day working construction*

          • more beer

            Every day working in the trades is a long day.

        • DCLXVI

          gotta show off da sleeve tribal tats brah

          • Disgustache

            Boston beatdown!

  • KJM

    Ya fahkin zippaheds wanna go ta Reveyeah Beech, drink sum tallies and go ta Sommavulle ta fahk up some bahneez? Huh yah fahkin homoz?

    • Lacertilian

      My only knowledge of Rhode Island comes from Dumb & Dumber and frankly, I’m shocked that they didn’t get into character for that, being the pinnacle of all films and all.

      • KJM

        I’m right “next door” to Rhode Island and I never go there.

    • DCLXVI

      nah we gahnna head down to tha cape an crush sum cachked mahmies at tha Squiah oah tha fahkin ‘combah ya kweeah

  • CT-12

    This is really doing the trick for me today, might be one of my favorite bands from this whole “best unsigned band” thing. Great stuff.

  • Dan Wolfson

    I know this is an old thread, but I have never seen this band play live and haven’t heard of them until now. I live in Providence. This is strange to me.