New Orleans has long been a spawning ground for metal. Here are five of its best bands…
masters of groovedriven thrash, exhorder put New orleans firmly on the map with their Slaughter In The Vatican album in 1990. although released a few months after Pantera’s epochshattering Cowboys From Hell, many contend that this Nola crew coined the sound first.
Listen to: Slaughter In The Vatican (1990)
the band that gave the Nola scene its definitive sound, eyehategod mixed lopsided Black Sabbath riffs with raging hardcore punk, bad drugs and an oppressive sense of psychotic despair. In the process, they helped to spawn the entire sludge metal movement. Listen to: Take As Needed For Pain (1993)
coming out with their truly unfuckwithable debut record, NOLA, in 1995 (hang on a goddamn minute… how the hell was that 24 years ago?!), Down combined swampy riffs with lowdown bluesy leads and the throaty wail of Phil anselmo – then drowned it all in a ton of booze and weed. their sludgy potency remains intact today.
Listen to: NOLA (1995)
the precise, destructive, bowel-shattering alternative to eyehategod’s slack-jawed hostility, crowbar brought double helpings of muscle and melancholy to the nascent sludge sound. led by the gravel-gargling Kirk Windstein, they remain one of the heaviest bands ever. Fact.
Listen to: Odd Fellows Rest (1998)
eschewing their peers’ slow-motion approach in favour of vicious, bug-eyed blackened death metal, Goatwhore have spent the last two decades being considerably more metal than you. and you can check out the Baring Teeth For Revolt video if you don’t believe us.
Listen to: Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (2014)