November 23, 2012 by finetuningblog
Welcome to this week’s edition of Freebie Friday. I hope you all enjoyed your turkey yesterday. I don’t know about you, but I feel the need to get my adrenaline pumping again today, and maybe even work out a little. Maaaaybe.
In my opinion, there are many genres of music that pump you up…
But none quite like metal.
So enjoy these free metal albums! Together, we can make this ‘Black METAL Friday.’ (It was a stretch, but I made it work.) And remember that bands work hard. If you have the means, you should support them!
We’ll start with Intervals. This band isn’t ‘just another djent band.’ For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term ‘djent,’ it is a style of guitar playing defined by very tight guitar tones. Many would say this sound was pioneered by the band Meshuggah, and popularized nowadays by Periphery. For an in-depth look at the history of djent, watch this video.
What’s cool about Intervals is that they are progressive, so they’re not a straight type of metal. They have a very djent sound, but they are have elements that would classify them as metalcore – this is why I hate genres, it’s so hard to say what a band is nowadays. Bottom line, listen to this album. It’s short and amazingly produced.
Internals on BandCamp
Or, you could listen to this album by Intervals:
Sticking to groovier metal, here is Wide Eyes, with a HUGE 20 track album. There is some electronic thrown in the mix too. Quite an interesting listen, especially if you’d be interested in hearing a cross over between Periphery, Attack Attack! and Bullet for My Valentine.
Wide Eyes on Bandcamp
I Built the Sky’s self-titled album is a bewildering storm of intricate guitar parts that just flow so well. It really is a great listen. Though I Built the Sky is not a traditional metal album, I can say that it falls into the progressive metal and rock genre. Please enjoy this album on headphones.
I Built the Sky on Bandcamp
Orion Dawn is an awesome metal band, with a very unique vocalist. His scream is absolutely his own, and the clean vocals are even nicer.
Orion Dawn on Bandcamp
Now, who wouldn’t want a 35 track album, sampling a bunch of metal bands? We Are Triumphant had me at ‘free.’ The 35 tracks were just an added bonus.
We Are Triumphant on Bandcamp
“Punk for the metal clubs, and too punk for the metal clubs” is one of the phrases thrown into the introduction of Bullet Belt’s 2012 album. If you’re looking for some serious thrash metal, look no further. Bullet Belt is a shining example of how good thrash metal can be.
Bullet Belt on Bandcamp
THE DEADSTATION is a very technical metal band, with a really awesome singer. I feel like these guys are great for those who aren’t that into the screaming scene of metal right now.
THE DEADSTATION on Bandcamp
Who knew Melodic Hardcore from Honolulu existed? Skylene is awesome. They have this interesting vibe, because some parts sound like early 90s metal, while others are up to par with the modern metalcore and djent movements.
Skylene on Bandcamp
Frontier, Pioneer is a mathcore band. Now, I know a lot of people are not a fan of mathcore because of how chaotic the genre tends to sound. In many ways, mathcore is to metal as bebop is to jazz. It’s a controlled chaos. Frontier, Pioneer just does it right. If you’ve never listened to mathcore before, this is the place to start. Another good choice is Giraffes? Giraffes!
Frontier, Pioneer on Bandcamp
Though many may not know, the metal scene in Pennsylvania is insane. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy to know that bands like Menace are still tearing it up over there.
Menace on Bandcamp
Tetrafusion does a great job of creating music that’s incredibly heavy, and then slowing down into smooth, airy, jazz-influenced parts.
Tetrafusion on Bandcamp
Thanks for tuning into this week’s edition of Freebie Fridays. And like I said earlier, if you really like these bands, you should support them. Just because you can pay $0 for an album doesn’t necessarily mean you HAVE to. It’s hard work being in a band. 😉
Do you know of any cool, free metal albums? Leave them in the comments section!