If you fancy Extreme Metal, here is a piece for you. But no worries, this is not your usual metal outfit that, having lost its compass to confusion, calls itself Extreme Metal to be safe. And somewhat unsurprisingly, the record reaches us from the cold Scandinavian North, the cradle of much excellent metal.
The Finnish band A Lie Nation (read alienation) is poised to unchain their newest EP Begin Hate. The record vacillates between Thrash Metal, Death Metal, and a somewhat austere, but full-bodied brand of Black Metal. To be fair, the latter style predominates their tune to a large extent, expertly supported by typical Black Metal rasps. No clean singing is allowed on this record, by the way.
The band managed to step away from the boxed-in sound many of their brethren still provide. Instead, they injected some melodic, meaty, yet unholy life into their tune. This and the fact that they straddle a number of extreme styles renders the EP very alluring. A real juicy fistful of hot metal.
A Lie Nation came into existence in 2009, albeit the band remained nameless until 2010. At first, they worked metal covers exclusively. Slowly own material appeared over time, which led to the self-released first EP Human Waves in 2015. Begin Hate is their second and newest offering.
A Lie Nation are:
Markus Leinonen, drums
Joonas Kokkoniemi, bass guitar
Joni Moisanen, guitar
Miikka Pyykkönen, vocals
Jussi Tuomisto, guitar
The EP will air beginning of April 2017.