Five Great Obscure Metal Bands From the '80s by Shaun Glass of Dirge Within
Dirge Within guitarist Shaun Glass is a heavy metal lifer. In the '80s he was a member of Sindrome, a thrash favorite within tape-trading circles with their godly Into the Halls of Extermination demo. In the '90s he spent time in gore-hungry death metallers Broken Hope.
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After leaving SOiL in 2007, a band he co-founded a decade earlier, Glass concentrated his efforts on Dirge Within, a group that specializes in a no-nonsense brand of songwriting that has its roots in thrash and classic metal. The band just released There Will Be Blood, their sophomore album, which features one punishing Glass riff after the other.
Since he's a veteran of the scene, Noisecreep asked Glass for a list of five obscure metal acts he thinks everyone should check out. As you'll hear below, the dude definitely has great taste.
From the United Kingdom
"Early in the '80s the UK was the hotbed for the roots of extreme metal with acts like Venom and Saxon raising the bar and with cult punk acts like Discharge gaining a loyal base the mighty Warfare was born.This UK power trio fused the punk/metal hybrid to another level with such classic albums like Metal Anarchy and Pure Filth. These albums reeked of pure angst and violence."
"Well somewhat known in the metal underground, and putting out a few classic thrash metal albums on Metal Blade, these Canadian thrash gods never got the attention they truly deserved. The 1987 metal epic Forward to Termination album was every bit as brutal as any early Slayer and