The Best Band In Tennessee Is Forest Of Tygers

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Back in August 2014 we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions and extended arguments about which bands could most effectively best Joe and his freakishly small hands in mortal combat, we finally narrowed down our pick for the Chet Atkinsest state in the union. The best band in Tennessee is Forest Of Tygers.

Forest Of Tygers is a two-human project operating from within the famed music mecca of the North American continent, Nashville, the “Home of Country Music”. Nashville (along with it’s sister city in Tennessee, Memphis) is also rife with a strong metal scene, so strong we had a hard time choosing from the many stellar acts we found therein.

For the voting committee, Forest of Tygers separated themselves from the pack with just how ferocious they are. They embrace a sparse, slightly lo-fi sound whose aesthetics border upon raw black metal, so you can’t help but hear every string pluck and drum thwap. There is nowhere to hide for either the performer or listener, so intimacy is inevitable. Forest of Tygers takes advantage of this intimacy to grapple with the listener, dragging us ever deeper into their world of shredding, blackened hardcore.

The four tracks comprising Forest Of Tygers’ debut release Bruises simply aren’t enough. They move so nimbly within their aesthetic parameters that they leave me craving for another take, another nimble guitar lead contrasted with overwhelming tremelo-picked chords, another fiery vocal blast, and yet another paean to both anger and sadness.

 

Some notes from the peanut gallery:

Dagon: Forest Of Tygers play music suitable for UFC entrance songs. I can see myself bashing someone’s skull or maybe riding a tyger in a forest of tygers being all savage and shit. Instead, I’m in my boxers rocking the fuck out. The sludgier influences are what seals the deal on this band, I just love everything about their sound.

Joe: With a name like “Forest Of Tygers” I was expecting some kind of pan-fluted assembly of dragonfucking power metal. I begrudgingly clicked play and was immediately punched in and around the torso and dick area. Eleventy stars.

Honorable mentions:

Pornography: Noisy-as-hell doom.

Vials Of Wrath: Pretty black metal about trees and shit.

Act Of Impalement: Crusty war doom.

Noun Of Noun*: Why do all the good Tennessee bands have Noun Of Noun names?

*(Not a real band. Listen to that song anyway.)


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
Rhode Island – Eternal Khan
South Carolina – Solaire
South Dakota – Jelly Nutz Justoner

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  • Scrimm

    When the hell is this thing going to end?

  • Scrimm

    Also Vials of Wrath kicks ass. New stuff he has coming out sounds good, with a real drummer this time.

    • The W.

      I dug that band pretty hard.

      • Scrimm

        I have the cd. I want one of the shirts being sold to help fund the new album but it’s only available for a few more days and fools be broke.

        • My face when I saw Scrimm’s name as a Like in their Fan Page:

          +_+)/

          • Scrimm

            Would have been cool to see them win it.

    • That was my vote. But I think my votes are doom, everytime I vote for someone ends last. Must be a Venezuelan thing.

      • Dagon

        *Meksikan thing

  • Tyree

    Well, not my thing at all, but if you like filthy-sludgy death metal then definitely check out that runner up: Act Of Impalement. Good shit. Not sure how they have not been picked up yet.

    • Lacertilian

      I liked what I heard from them too.
      Good for a stomp.

  • DeadButtDreaming

    Crusty war doom is right up my alley.

    • Tyree

      If you are into more of the crusty/filthy sounding shit. Iskra just released a couple of new songs off of their upcoming album. It’s blasty crusty sounding black metal. Although this newest one doesn’t sound as crusty as their previous releases.

      https://iskracrust.bandcamp.com/album/ruins

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    For a minute I thought this would be like Tygers Of Pan Tang. I was wrong but I still enjoy it

  • Void Dweller

    Wow, Vials of Wrath is christian. Ouch.

    • Tyree

      He’s totally not In League With Satan.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5wUr4Lut4A

      • Void Dweller

        And there’s his problem.

    • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

      Yeah, I don’t want any Christ ‘n shit in my trees ‘n shit.

    • HessianHunter

      As if you could hear the lyrics anyway, lol

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Given that most people are disturbed by nazi lyrics whether you can hear them or not, it’d be odd if religious lyrics weren’t equally as off putting , decipherable or not.

        • HessianHunter

          Very good point. I don’t find Christian lyrics inherently objectionable the way Nazism is, but it’s a valid worldview. I mainly just think “lol” the way I do about Theistic Satanist lyrics.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Pretty much the way I look at them too. But both – preachy religious lyrics and offensiveky and especially openly racistic lyrics are hard to bear for me even though I have no trouble with racist bands.

          • old_man_doom

            To me, Christian lyrics in metal (specifically in unblack metal) come across either as forced and awkward or cultish.

            I think if someone really wanted to rustle some jimmies, they should write a post about the recently emerging unblack metal scene (aka Christian black metal in the US). Decibel published something about it awhile ago, but I think it could drum up some interesting and heated debate around here.

          • HessianHunter

            There’s some pretty brutal shit in the Bible. They’re a melodeath band, but I think Becoming The Archetype did a good job of making brutal Jesus-y lyrics. “THERE IS NO OPPOSITION/THERE IS NOTHING STANDING IN OUR WAY/WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONNNNNN”

            Related to the unblack metal thing (I think “white meTo me, arguments that anything Christian is inherently unmetal sound like people who think that punk rock and hip-hop are inherently political art forms juat because some notable artists from the genres’ early days were such.

  • Disgustache

    Gonna need my seatbelt for this shit. Hit me real quick. Not my cup of tea, but god damn do they have some energy. It’s like Sting; I don’t really listen to his music, but just the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCZ0w8B2f_I

  • Hubert

    Damn, this is good. Nice snare sound. Vocals remind me of Neurosis in the good ways.

  • DCLXVI

    I prefer that Vials of Wrath, but good on the Tyger for doing what they do well.

  • Tyree
    • Would go for Thulcandra and The Haunted. Good.

    • Tyree

      Much more brutal death this year it seems.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      WTF no avengd svenefold?!

      • DCLXVI

        they’re not Synyster enuf anymore bro

        • Disgustache

          *they’re bro

    • Stanley

      Needs more Poland.

      • Tyree

        Vader please.

    • Stanley

      So which of those bands are you most excited to see?

      • Tyree

        Svartidaudi, Venom, Destroyer 666, Exciter, Thulcandra, Lord Belial, Mitochondrion, Bongzilla, and so and so on.

        • KJM

          #StayDixie

          • Tyree

            Haha! Dude rules.

        • Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girls’ sports, such as hot-oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such-and-such…

        • Stanley

          Exciter’s Unveiling the Wicked was one of the first LPs that I ever bought. Probably because of the album cover and the fact the drummer is the vocalist, which at the time I couldn’t believe.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgUBj-6oXwc

        • Lacertilian

          Bongripper!

    • DCLXVI

      this immediately made me think about what a phony posted for Washington DC Deathfest would look like with all those President logos on it…got a chuckle

    • Disgustache

      Love bongzilla, hate weed. Still would go to see them. Do they have pits at their shows or is it just circles to pass joints? I’d have to be up in the pit with one of these fuckers on. But then people would think I would be there to see Kommandant, and I would have to take the mask off to explain and then I’d get a contact high. Concerts are a lot of work. I’ll probably just stay home.

      http://www.macupdate.com/images/icons256/29949.png

      • KJM

        There are many unhealthy things to worry about at music festivals, vomit, beer spills, portapotties, etc. it is a lot of work but I still enjoy it. Wear the gas mask anyway, it looks cool.

        • Disgustache

          Festivals are work, but can be so fun. We went to Outside Lands a couple years ago, and the line for the portapotties was super long, so people started pissing in the bushes behind them, and I walked in to do the same and two chicks are full squat, facing the only entrance to these piss woods, pussies out fully mean mugging everyone that looked. It was a trip.

          • Stanley

            Do you live in the bay area?

          • Disgustache

            My girlfriend did for a while, and a lot of my family is there, but we live in Southern California. Are you up there?

          • Stanley

            I can hear all the drivel that they play at outside lands from my back yard if the wind is being cooperative or should I say uncooperative. Who was playing when you went?

          • Disgustache

            Metallica, most notably. Yes they’re sober and no they don’t have long hair but they still slayed. Played all the old stuff which was awesome.

            Neil Young was there as well, and I was very disappointed with his performance. Normally I don’t like to go see bands play “the hits,” but when you see a legend like Neil Young you’re looking for some Harvest Moon shit you know? I don’t want to see him play experimental weird stuff with his band.

            Paul McCartney as well, which was alright. As you would guess, just a bunch of Beatles songs, but he played for like 3 hours nonstop, which was god damn impressive.

            Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were great but IMHO Anthony Keidis is tone deaf as hell, and their new guitarist sucks compared to John Frusciante.

            Geogrpaher, Tanlines, a couple other smaller indie bands. I went two years in a row, and these are all from the second year. I actually made it onto the internet for that one, too, on another music blog, which is probably the highlight of my career. Check it!

            https://dl.pushbulletusercontent.com/i0C30qveoHxxbEHq7XWCbi0L0bfk70aI/IMG_1741.JPG

          • Disgustache

            Plus, my chick used to live in the Sunset, right off 36th where the N line goes through. I miss that city a lot.

          • KJM

            The closest I get is Ozzfest and Lollapalooza and that hasn’t happened in a while(not in Boston anyway).

          • KJM

            Yes, exactly like that.

      • The W.

        I had one of these for a while. It ended up tearing in the back 🙁

        • Disgustache

          RIP.

    • we shall all go to this, meet up in our TovH shirts, and stuff the people from The Circle Pit into lockers.

    • KJM

      Venom, Bongzilla, & Saturnalia Temple.

  • DOYOURLYBEARD, THO?

    Would listen to Noun of Noun. That’s meta as fuck

  • JW(E)G

    I figured the likelihood of suggesting an entrant that would make runner-up, let alone win a State, would be damn near astronomical odds. Had I put money on it, I’d be swimming in dollars right now.

    …I’m not sure who’d have put up the money for me to collect, though.