Aside from troves of interest and understanding from the outside world, being a metal fan often means you’re treated to metal-centric posts on social media. Typically, this means you facebook feed is treated to targeted ads for shit like Drowing Pool’s “Make America Rock Again!” tour (that’s a rant for another time) alongside Decibel’s push for subscriptions. Instagram isn’t safe either. I’ll let Instagram off the hook because the search section is mostly just people showing off what they have. Sometimes it’s cool. Sometimes your eyes are treated to an original and signed pressing of Celtic Frost’s To Mega Therion. But most of the time you’re search section is filled with teenagers covered in denim and patches while dressed like Manowar roadies circa 1984. Oh, and you can’t forget the endless hashtagging of anything that remotely applies to metal.

Look, I’m not trying to decry the youth’s longing for the 80s. It’s great they’ve found something to identify with. If you happen to be on of these youths, don’t be discouraged. It wouldn’t be very metal to listen to what some old man (old to you, anyway) on the internet has to say about your fashion sense. Maybe just cool it on the hashtags? My real problem with this phenomenon is the reminder that trad metal is often times too trad. My real problem is the entire sector of metal that is content with living out an early 80s fantasy camp.

Which brings us to Coffin Hunters. Fortunately, they don’t fall into this category. Coffin Hunters are very much a trad metal band, but a trad metal that knows they exist in 2017. The band takes a lot from bands like Deep Purple and Iron Maiden, but never seems like they’re trying to recreate a bygone era. Nor are they trying to be the over-the-top, larger than life figures of metal’s past. There’s an underlying D.I.Y. aesthetic that brings a distinctly human quality that is often lacking in not only trad metal, but metal as a whole. Musically, the band loads up on riffs, catchy melodies, and soaring vocal performances with intention of pushing this trad metal freight train with forward momentum. Give it a listen below.

 

  • Blochead4real

    I’m gonna do exactly that. Firing this up right now. So when I was a kid it was a given that Black Sabbath was the greatest metal band of all time. But somewhere in the late 80’s/early 90’s it felt like Metallica more or less snatched that crown. But Metallica have no done themselves many favors with the kvlt over the past 25 years or so, have they? And as great and important as Sabbath are it feels like they aren’t getting that love either. I guess my question is this…when you ask serious metal people about the great of all time….is it Iron Maiden? My gut says yes. But I leave it to the far more kvlt than I to answer.

    • lobster man

      I don’t really like the idea of giving best metal band to black sabbath. Sabbath is obviously great, but something that drives me crazy about music criticism is giving the GOAT tag to something just because it was the first. What no one has improved on metal in the last 50 years? Come on, son. *I know you’re not saying that. This is just my small rant against that notion.

      Maiden is certainly up there. The 80s run is pretty untouchable and they have longevity on their side. Sure, they kinda lost it in the 90s, but they didn’t really do anything that was outright embarrassing. And they still managed to give us “Fear of the Dark”. You can usually count on their stuff to have at least one good song. Even 2015’s Speed of Light has some jams. But I’m all in on Neurosis taking the title. Their discography isn’t perfect but Souls at Zero to last year’s Fires Within Fires is fucking impressive. And the whole bending the entire genre around their vision and traces of their influence in nearly every subgenre today helps their case. If you don’t know give “Locust Star” and “End of the Harvest” a listen and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

      My as unbiased as possible short list excluding the ones already mentioned would probably include: Ulver, At the Gates, Pig Destroyer, ISIS, Cobalt, and Death (though that’s more Chuck than the actual band).

      • DFrye

        Neurosis. The answer is Neurosis. In fact, I’m listening to “The Web” as I type this and I can’t unclench my fists! “Then how did you type that Darren!” That’s the power of Neurosis my friends.

        • Black Antlers

          Takeahnase!!

          • DFrye

            Tonight!

      • Black Antlers

        Having a single best metal band is impossible (I can’t narrow it down beyond 20), although put a gun to my head and I’ll go with Neurosis…..in fact it probably wouldn’t even take a gun, just light bribery with a beer and some crisps. Seriously, Neurosis are a titan amongst giants and their influence is all pervasive, creeping like ivy into every metal sub genre. Their album Enemy of the Sun turns 25 next year and it is still a shocking listen; just crank up the first track “Lost” and you’ll see what I mean.

        • DFrye

          Hot take: Lurker of Chalice s/t is his best album. It’s fair to note that this opinion exists largely because I once camped at the base of Devil’s Tower in South Dakota with that album as my soundtrack. Spooky.

          • lobster man

            I’m a Tenth Sub-Level of Suicide man.

          • Black Antlers

            That was such a great debut. TBH I pick tracks across all of his albums. Wrest has this strange way of constructing songs that just draw me in, it’s almost as if he’s an alien who constructs BM purely based on academic knowledge rather than ever having heard it – the results are just gloriously warped and unlike anyone else. I love his EPs too, especially The Blind Wound. I’ve also gotta shout out the Twilight album Monument To Time End.

          • Black Antlers

            LoC is sooo damn special and that sounds like an amazing experience. I love taking metal out into nature, listening to Fauna or WITTR whilst walking through the pine forests near my house is always evocative.

    • Black Antlers

      Having a single best metal band is impossible (I can’t narrow it down beyond 20), although put a gun to my head and I’ll go with Neurosis…..in fact it probably wouldn’t even take a gun, just light bribery with a beer and some crisps. Seriously, Neurosis are a titan amongst giants and their influence is all pervasive, creeping like ivy into every metal sub genre. Their album Enemy of the Sun turns 25 next year and it is still a shocking listen; just crank up the first track “Lost” and you’ll see what I mean.

  • DFrye

    Listening now. The bass fuggin slaps. I love how raw the production is. It’s a thin line between trad and power metal. First you’re slamming beers with the boys in front of a bonfire down by the river and the next thing you know you’re chugging mead in puffy shirts while Druids dance about. I’ve seen it a million times.