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.