YOU Choose the Best Unsigned Band in the U.S: Round 1 pt. 1

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Who will it be?

Let the fight begin: Maryland vs. New Hampshire! Kansas vs. Oklahoma! Kentucky vs. Delaware! Indiana vs. Rhode Island! Oregon vs. Montana! Utah vs. Idaho!

Some people say that art isn’t a competition. Those people are losers. EVERYTHING is a competition. Here at the Toilet ov Hell, we’ve gone and declared the best unsigned band in each state of the union. Now we’re pitting these warriors against each other for the right to claim the ultimate prize: The title of Best of the Best. Which band will champion their state to glory? That’s up for you to decide.

HOW IT WORKS:
Each state was seeded by population size. The 14 most-populous states received a first round bye. Voting closes exactly one week from opening. Today, 12 bands are battling it out for supremacy. Bereave (MD), Eerie (NH), Ad Infinitum (KY), Sloss (DE), Cottonmouth (OK), Bummer (KS), Thorr-Axe (IN), Eternal Khan (RI), Drouth (OR), Martriden (MT), Disforia (UT), and Rotten Hand (ID).


Bereave (Maryland) VS. Eerie (New Hampshire)

Bereave – “This is chaotic, dissonant, and visceral powerviolence propelled into the stratosphere. D-beats and off-kilter chords collide in a maelstrom of hate, accented by the unleashed venom of the hardcore vocal diatribes. “You’ll never be loved, only forgotten!” this band vows with genuine, palpable menace.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

 

Eerie – “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.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 31-08-2015 13:00:00
Poll Results:
Bereave VS. Eerie

Ad Infinitum (KY) VS. Sloss (DE)

Ad Infinitum – “This year’s Woven Within is a deeply evocative piece of music, often emanating coldness, isolation, and depression at Xasthur or Leviathan level, albeit far less coarsely. The reverb-drenched litany of repetitious guitar is the substructure for the vast, far-flung soundscape on display here, and J.G.S.’ cursed howls are like remote cries for help, doomed behind the wall of sound.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

Sloss – “In late August, Sloss released a 3-way split with similar ambient noise projects Ghost Beds and (endlight). According to the man, ‘I got bored with guitar and metal, so I wrote some dark ambient/noise stuff for fun… It’s only 6 minutes worth of material from Sloss, but the three songs are about a person going out for their normal swim and drowning.'”
(Read the full writeup)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 31-08-2015 13:00:00
Poll Results:
Ad Infinitum VS. Sloss

Cottonmouth (Oklahoma) VS. Bummer (Kansas)

Cottonmouth – “One of the things I love about these guys, though, is that they don’t fall into the typical traps I see from local hardcore bands. I’ve been to a ton of shows in Oklahoma, and I’ve seen my fair share of the exact same band over and over again, just with different members and a different name. Cottonmouth is an entirely different beast; breakdowns are atypical and thoughtful, the southern influence is raucously apparent without being annoying, and they include a wild rock and roll element that is positively addicting.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

Bummer – “It’ll take you about 14 minutes to listen to Milk. If you’re THAT pressed for time (you’re not), invest 3 minutes and 44 seconds to check out the gnarly grunge riffs on “Estocada”. I’d encourage you to listen to the whole damn thing though. Opener “Infinite Witches” is not only the sickest fucking song name ever, it’s also a complete burner of a song. “Phantom Limb” comes in and rips your stupid beret off with a killer distorted bass riff. “Cave Teeth” brings the kind of chaotic punk noise that will appeal to fans of bands like Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 31-08-2015 13:00:00
Poll Results:
Cottonmouth VS. Bummer

Thorr-Axe (Indiana) VS. Eternal Khan (Rhode Island)

Thorr-Axe – “If you don’t know what Thorr-Axe sounds like yet, imagine if Skeletonwitch and Twisted Tower Dire had a love child together who grew up to be a bit of a stoner who loves Pentagram. What you get is an inferno of fierce riffs backed by husky vocals slaughtering posers with an axe blazing with lightning. Their debut album, “Wall of Spears,” was released back in 2011, and is full of infectious groovy riffs, mesmerizing leads, and wimp destroying anthems of pure power.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

Eternal Khan – “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.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 31-08-2015 13:00:00
Poll Results:
Thorr-Axe VS. Eternal Khan

Drouth (Oregon) VS. Martriden (Montana)

Drouth – “I would have never thought Drouth was an unsigned band had I listened to them by chance. These guys write music like they’ve been together for decades, with undeniable chemistry and character. It seems like they take the best elements of my favorite metal bands and combine them into their own blend of groovy, melodic black metal that includes searing guitar leads and absolutely horrendous shrieked vocals. Oh, the drumming is also out of this world.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

Martriden – “The very first thing that I noticed when listening to 2010’s Encounter the Monolith is that, unlike many of the bands that I’ve listened to throughout the course of this here contest, they sound very professional. Martriden wouldn’t be entirely out of place on Metal Blade and touring with a band like The Black Dahlia Murder, whose fanbase would be all over them in a second. At times Monolith reminds me of Soreption and Decapitated, but with more of a penchant for melody and blackened riffing.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 31-08-2015 13:00:00
Poll Results:
Drouth VS. Martriden

Disforia (Utah) VS. Rotten Hand (Idaho)

Disforia – “Disforia wield a blade forged in the duel fires of progressive and power metal. Their debut album, The Age of Ether, (which I wrote about last year,) twists into a dirge capable of delighting both fans and haters of power metal. Their debut exudes sincerity, a bit of depression, and, most blatantly, sci-fi.”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

Rotten Hand – “Hailing from Idaho Falls, ID, Rotten Hand deliver a grindier take on the kind of Integrity-style metallic-tinged hardcore that has influenced countless face and hand tattoos over the last 20 years. Rotten Hand understand economy of sound. Spend a minute and fifty seconds listening to “Burning” from Rotten Hand’s split with Rites. The band effortlessly shifts from a furious grind to a feedback-fueled build to a massive breakdown (that would be a breakdown in the cathartic sense; there are no unnecessary chugga-chuggas at work here).”
(Read the full writeup) (Facebook)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 14-12-2014 20:22:33
end_date 31-08-2015 13:00:00
Poll Results:
Disforia VS. Rotten Hand
  • This is a good format, guys. Great thinking!

    GL

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      I get a blank box for the results though, on both my phone and PC.

      • I assume that was to hide the results until… ya know… the next article 🙂

  • I’m the self appointed captain of Team Bereave. Vote Bereave or die trying.

  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

    Let the Swing Voting begin.

    http://i.giphy.com/yNJPVXMDpfaJW.gif

  • I forgot how many GOOD TRUCKING BANDS THERE WERE!

    Drouth is crushing my balls.

    GL

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      A vote for Drouth is a vote for truth and justice.

      • Dagon

        Agreed. Drouth be good.

      • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

        Huh, didn’t realize the drummer from Vermin Womb was in that band. The more you know I guess.

      • Mother Shabubu 4

        You watch your filthy Drouth young man!

        #IWANTTOBEREAVE

    • KJM

      Agreed.

    • Stockhausen

      Drouth is definitely a ball crusher.

  • Mother Shabubu 4

    Things:

    1. Rhode Island vs. Indiana? That’s like Who Gives a Shit? state vs. Who Gives A Fuck? state.

    2. Martriden used to be signed to Siege of Amida.

    3. Bereave and Bummer are might favorite things here.

    • I would reckon that there will be at least one “worst weather state” circle jerk before this contest in over.

      • X STATE foodstuff is far superior to Y STATE foodstuff!

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro

          My city-state has more virile women within the confines of its walls than your city-state.

          • I went to a really really small school in town-city-state. It was surely smaller than your town-city-state.

          • The winged insect population in MY region is far more troublesome than the winged insect population in YOUR region.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I can’t win that as I went to a high school with 4,000 people.

          • Das a lotta ppl, bro!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It is. I graduated with 750 other people

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I also wouldn’t be surprised if there was a “My state has better sports teams than yours” circle jerk.

  • RJA

    I’m so excited to be voting finally – ad infinitum and drouth probably my favorites of the bunch.

    • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

      Ad Infinitum is good shit. Sucks that there is not a physical release of the album.

    • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

      Did you hear the new teaser for the Skáphe full length album?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu86cLJEwlc

      • RJA

        No I did not – will listen to immediately.

        • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

          It’s not much, but it’s enough to get me excited.

  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

    That banner artwork looks like it was created by a real asshole of a drummer.

  • Dagon

    Vote Bummer or suck on a cucumber.

    I am 9.

    • Bummer!

    • Even if Bummer doesn’t win this contest, they win Best Song Names.

      • Dagon

        They also win “covers I like” and “stuff I bought”

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      I didn’t vote Bummer. Let’s fight, break up on a plane, then make out in flight.

      • Mother Shabubu 4

        What are you Guy Fieri and his hair dresser?

      • Dagon

        Maybe don’t suck on the cucumber. I heard those fuckers are alive.

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro

          You wouldn’t let me suck on a live cat, would you?

          • Dagon

            Hell naw. can you imagine a living, breathing cucumber getting all excited as you suck it? That’s terrible. I ain’t letting you near it.

          • Lacertilinger

            I could not read that without reverting to Travis Ryan’s gollum voice.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Vote Eerie

  • I want to start a petition to get Hot Dad in on a provisional ballot. It is a God damn shame otherwise.

    #holyrhymes1stplace

    GL

    http://hotdad.bandcamp.com/track/tyler-the-creator

  • DCLXVI

    Srs question. Does the winner become the first artist Signed to ToiletovHell Records?

    • Hahaha, “Congrats! You’re the first band on TovH Records!”
      “Uhhhh…. I’m good, thanks”

      • Guacamole Jim

        “No no, check out our sweet offers, like you will get no money to record or tour, and we’ll post your music on our site for people to ridicule!”

      • The Haunting Presence of Tyree
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      You can sign my new project. I’ve planned one single release and then I plan on disbanding the project.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

      Good find dude. Will check this out later.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Not much to see, since they had the lights turned off on purpose. But it is the master copy, so the audio is good for being 25 years old.

        • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

          Yeah, I’m at their set now. Not bad, but like you said not much to see. I’ll check more of it out later on.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Enjoy!

  • Guacamole Jim
  • J.R.™

    This is all happening way sooner than I expected.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Why you gotta pit all the good ones against each other. ;_;

    • BLOG IS WAR

    • Herr Schmitty

      Please; the eventual champ isn’t even going today (that’s Sylvia, AKA the only band on this list I’ve seen live to my knowledge!)

  • Hubert

    BUMMER

  • JWEG

    Next Summer, the Best Band in Canada.

    1. All three Territories
    2-11: Provinces excluding major population centers:
    12: Greater Vancouver & Victoria
    13: Calgary & Edmonton
    14: Greater Toronto
    15: Montreal

    16: Wildcard slot for band that lost this contest, but was willing (or scheming enough) to relocate to Canada to try again.

  • Huggy Bear OH YEAH

    Where’s AZ’s Take Over and Destroy? Were they signed?

    • Oops! I accidentally put Bummer down in the bracket twice. Thanks for looking out!

  • Waynecro

    This test was hard. I should have cheated.

  • Stockhausen

    I never thought choosing between Oklahoma and Kansas would be that difficult. Cottonmouth wins by a piece of cotton.

    • Lacertilinger

      Bias!
      I smell bias and it smells like cat food.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    It was actually really hard to choose between Bummer and Cottonmouth. Damn son.

    Also #teameternalkhan