Featurelust: 10:13 ‘Oathblade’

When it comes to Black Metal there are a significant number of artists out there who are doing it all on their own. While most churn out promising albums there are some who tend to stand out from the rest, offering something new and fresh to our beloved scene. 10:13 from Orange County CA is a one man project that has created a sound all his own. Neil Carter the man behind the music is a talented musician and he has used this as his medium to channel his own inner feelings.

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a listen to his new single entitled Oathblade and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall sound. Using everything from a harmonica to a mandolin this song speaks volumes and is one you need to listen to alone and in isolation in order to take it all in.

 

While this does not quite classify as straight Black Metal it holds an almost primal ritualistic feel that seeps with an other worldly presence. Combining aspects from Atmospheric, Symphonic, and even raw Black Metal Oathblade is reminiscent of bands like Lustre and Leviathan. It as if Neil took everything and threw it into a cauldron and mixed it all together.

The song itself starts off with the sound of the mandolin and harmonica working harmoniously together like the chant of an old folk Bluegrass song then unleashes into a meld of furious drumming and melodic synth then slows down into an Atmospheric Black Metal harmony that is constant throughout the whole song. The drumming is fantastic and it adds just enough heaviness to add fluidity. In addition there are some spoken word passages that give off a haunting feel. 10:13 is a project that definitely deserves more recognition and if you are a fan of anything within the metal community you should definitely give this a listen. Be sure to also delve into the promo that was released last year. 10:13 is also working on a full length album with the release date still pending.

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Featurelust: Imperialist

Black Metal is a genre where bands are able to shine in various points and their repertoire is not limited to generic songs and or a stereotypical facade. There is wiggle room and bands can come into their own. Imperialist from Monrovia California are a prime example of this very thing, they play their own brew of Melodic Black Metal with hints of Death Metal creating their own unique sound. There is no shortage of what one could expect with said genre but they deliver a powerhouse of sound. From the furious guitar work to the hammering of drums Imperialist will leave the listener shaking in their boots. With one album under their belt entitled Quantum Annexation they have paved their path to deliver Melodic Black Metal spawned from the deep recesses of the beyond. They recently played a show in LA at The 5 Star in support of One Master and Imperialist delivered. Their stage presence is strong and furious, giving off plenty of tasty riffs to headbang to and you can feel the dedication and aggression. Guitar wise the melodic aspect is prominent immediately while at the same time they stand out to be different. It is definitely refreshing to see this with bands who strive to not be your run of the mill metal act. Imperialist is currently working on a new album and I feel that this is going to be a stepping stone into new realms. This is the talent of the underground metal scene, and I am happy to be a part of it and Imperialist are sure to impress and bring themselves to the forefront. 

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Sergio Soto: Guitar/Vocals

Rod Quinones: Drums

Bryant Quinones: Guitar

Adrian Castaneda: Bass 

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Featurelust: Sixes- “A Cross to Burn”

There is a rumbling in the distance, and feedback is pulsating through the fog. A force unto us masked in heavy riffage and guttural vocals…. Sixes is a band that hails from Southern California and they specialize in Sludgy Doom Metal brewed with hints of Black Metal that all comes together in a powerhouse of sound. They have recently premiered a single entitled “A Cross to Burn” off their upcoming full length album set to be released this Fall. 

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