Under the Radar: Bands to Watch


I am the mighty Jack Bauer and I have access government assets that allow me to catch terrorists trying to slip under the radar. I’m also good at catching bands that try to slip under said radar. Let’s check out some of those bands

These guys just recently dropped their debut ep “A hymn of the Vicious Monster” via Xtreem music. I have really been digging this band and if I had to pick a comparison, it would be Gorod.

Their album “At First Light” was one of my top albums of 2013. They remind me a lot of Sylosis.

Eye of the enemy:
Since I discovered their debut album it has been on regular rotation on my playlist. They just released their second album this year but I haven’t yet decided which songs I like best. This song is one of my favorites from the debut. I absolutely love the 4:50 mark.

Another one of my favorites, these guys released an EP late last year. I get BTBAM vibes from them. The EP is name your price on bandcamp.

Seriously solid kinda-techy death metal. Also name your price on bandcamp.

Bloodshot Dawn:
I love this band. Dat solo. That is all. Album #2 should be dropping sometime this year.

Do you like Skyrim? Obviously you like metal. These guys combined the two and it’s great. Again, name your price on bandcamp.

Torrential Downpour:
This band is like a spastic melting pot of genres. I cannot emphasize enough how well their name fits the music.

I’m gonna throw a bit of hard rock your way to end this. So if you are one of those people who absolutely cannot stand clean vocals, stop here. This band was a band I liked to listen to on occasion. Then my girlfriend and I saw them live on their first U.S. tour with The Pretty Reckless and Heaven’s Basement and they absolutely stole the show. They haven’t left my playlist since.


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  • W.

    As we’ve discussed, that Torrential Downpour reminds me of what BTBAM could have been had they not plateaued with Colors. Love it.

    • YourLogicSucks

      But Parallax II though…

      • I think what he means is that they could have been so much more. Not necessarily that Parallax II was bad.

      • W.

        I don’t think any of their stuff is bad. However, nothing from BTBAM has really grabbed me the way Colors did.

        • Stockhausen

          I’m one of those weirdos who thinks The Great Misdirect is better than Colors. I usually get flogged in the town square when I bring it up.

          • W.

            I’d flog you too if you were here.

          • Stockhausen

            I know you’d do it because you care. You’re not mad, just disappointed. Maybe also mad.

          • YourLogicSucks

            I’d have to listen to them back to back to decide I think. It’s a close race.

          • Stockhausen

            I would like a full report on my desk by the morning. But seriously, let me know what you think of you get around to that.

            Also, srs about the report. On my desk. Morning.

          • YourLogicSucks

            I completed my homework, Professor, and it is still morning where I come from. Great Misdirect takes the cake, but I can see why people have nostalgic love for Colors. Colors was a massive breakthrough for them, and TGM was not really as much of a breakthrough, but it put an extra sexy layer of cheese over the delicious pizza that was Colors. Both great albums, but Parallax II still holds my heart and the things about two feet below my heart.

          • Stockhausen

            Excellent work, YourLogicSucks. Your conclusions are accurate, your reasoning is sound, and your pizza metaphor is well-used. Your closing statement is also accurate, what with the Parallax II’s well known effect on genitals and all. Class, you can learn a thing or two from Mr. Sucks.

          • mustangbomb

            Totally agree. It was a huge leap instrumentally, maybe that’s why people rag on it, but I prefer it to anything else I’ve heard from them.

          • Stockhausen

            They were definitely thinking outside the metal box, and I’ve heard a lot of people complain about it not being as heavy/aggressive. Honestly, that thought never even crossed my mind because of how fascinating the songs were.

    • Negrodamus

      While Disqus was waiting to load, I was gonna come in here and say “W put me onto that Torrential Downpour and I liked it!”

      Need to give it another spin though. Need to give a lot of albums another spin…

      • I feel you. Feels like 80+ bands need my attention this year.

        • Negrodamus

          My Best of 2014 list may be all albums that came out in the first half of the year when I was keeping up, and Pallbearer. Lol.

    • Guppusmaximus

      I feel like a lot of these “Tech” bands that have a genuine spin tend to lose sight of their own sound not too long after they find it and start to follow the trend (too much tech with no purpose). Gorod had Leading Vision, Neuraxis w/ Trilateral Progression,BTBAM on Alaska,Sikth – Death of a Dead Day,etc(let’s not talk about Necrophagist). I hope Torrential can continue to evolve and not listen to the scene… My .02:)

      • Cock of Steele

        I know I’m gonna get gibbeted for this, but I kinda feel like that’s what Death did for Individual Thought Patterns.

        • MoshOff

          I agree, if you leave out The Sound of Perseverance (which wasn’t going to be a Death album anyway).

          • Cock of Steele

            Yeah what’s odd is ITP went from one of my more favored of the “proggy” era to my least favorite. Ever since I read a couple really negative reviews of the album, I ended up agreeing with them. It’s not as well structured save for a couple songs and Hoglan’s drumming doesn’t really make it flow like Human. And I never listened to death for the vocals anyways so that didn’t help it in my opinion.

        • Guppusmaximus
    • Stockhausen

      You gave my heart a paper cut with those words.

    • * The Great Misdirect

    • leelo dallas multipass

      I don’t really see the reason why people hate The Great Misdirect. Parallax II kinda was a disappointment.

      • W.

        I didn’t hate, just didn’t think it was as good as Colors.

        • leelo dallas multipass

          I guess it would be hard to recreate Colors. In retrospect, I think what made Colors uh-mazing was a perfect mixture of their earlier work with a progressive approach. Ants of the Sky, tho.

    • Cock of Steele

      BTBAM, and DEP are the two not so trve metal bands that I actually came to like (Not so trove being associated with the metalcore/deathcore scene and stuff) But I think I prefer their Stuff from Misdirect and Parallax compared to their death metal stuff. Not too keen on their brand of DM.

    • Sponge Of Mystery

      my favorite by them was actually their newest album. its ahsum

  • Owlswald

    I said “Aeolist” to myself as soon as I clicked the link. Can’t wait to hear what they do next.

    • Same here. It really is a shame they aren’t more well known, but that will change.

      • Xander Crews

        Bloodshot Dawn did the damn thing for me. All of the bands listed are a breath of fresh air, but BD went really, REALLY fucking hard.

        • Yea I love them. They have been posting a bunch of studio videos for album 2 on fb.

          • Xan

            I love Bloodshot Dawn. I posted them a couple times back on the site that shall not be named and everyone else seemed to agree.


          welcome to the board crews.

    • Krakoukass

      That’s the only song I listened to several times! They really do great!

  • RuIN?

    That opening riff for the Bloodshot Dawn jam was sick.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Whoa, that Sylosis comparison is spot on, I do prefer them though and Arceye sound just a tad too similar for my ears.


    • dang Jack, i read that Freddie Prinze Jr. was talking some shit about you. how long ’til he is slaughtered in his sleep?

      • Negrodamus


      • Don’t worry, he is already dead.

    • M Shadows!


    • EsusMoose

      I’ll always remember the day when my calculus T.A. waited till the room was silent and then said “Matt Damon”, in Matt Damon’s voice.

  • Kazz

    That Bloodshot Dawn is one of the best melodeath albums of the last few years.


    I love this site so much, all this great music that would never see the light of day on other sites. Thanks to everyone who’s helped make this happen!



    • Lacertilian

      I like being able to click ‘Watch Later’ to all of these due to concise comparisons which garner immediate interest.
      Excluding the clean vocal one, I will watch the best one twice instead.

  • that Bloodshot Dawn track is badass! Thanks for all the great recommendations dudes. these will all be receiving a proper listening while I sit at work not working…

  • Jointsalot

    Some truelly excellent recommendations there Jack. Downloaded the Aeolist album from bandcamp… diggin it

  • Vladimir Putin

    Wow I didn’t know about Bloodshot Dawn, siqqq tune, will be exploring that album of theirs for sure.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    I thought Bloodshot Dawn was da shit.

  • CountCruor

    Ouroboros is a pretty fucking awesome band from Australia, you guys should check them out.

  • Justin von Grav

    Eye of the Enemy, that’s shit is off the chain!!! thank you!

  • Justin von Grav

    Bloodshot Dawn too! Where are you finding this shit?!!!

  • Ikillu

    Torrential Downpour is awesome!!! Never have heard of them before.

  • Whoah, good list of additional bands to add to my own list of death metal and other metal bands.