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Hey all,

So recently I discovered a Korean black metal/progressive black metal band called Madmans Esprit, with some awesome vocals and nice melody. As I know, they released two full albums, Nacht and Conscientization of Unconsciousness. What really amazed me was the fact that they really stand out from what people usually hear from Korea - all the boysbands and K-pop idols - and instead they represent the unknown Korean metal underground. Even though you can hear some Opeth and Radiohead influences in some of their songs (especially from Nacht), their sound is still quite unique.

What do you guys think of them? What's your general opinion on East-Asian metal scene?

I'll share here some of their MVs from their official YouTube for you to hear:

 

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In my opinion, the East Asian metal scene is really good right now, especially in regards to extreme black/death/noise metal.  Tetragrammacide (India), Kapala (India), Reek of the Unzen Gas Fumes (Japan), Grizzly Fetish (Japan), Fogged by Fleshflies (Japan/S. Korea), Thy Sepulchral Moon (S. Korea), Konflict (Sri Lanka), and Genocide Shrines (Sri Lanka) are all very good.  I would love to hear about more, though.

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15 hours ago, Balor said:

In my opinion, the East Asian metal scene is really good right now, especially in regards to extreme black/death/noise metal.  Tetragrammacide (India), Kapala (India), Reek of the Unzen Gas Fumes (Japan), Grizzly Fetish (Japan), Fogged by Fleshflies (Japan/S. Korea), Thy Sepulchral Moon (S. Korea), Konflict (Sri Lanka), and Genocide Shrines (Sri Lanka) are all very good.  I would love to hear about more, though.

Wow, that's a big list of Asian metal bands, didn't expect there's so many of them! I'll definitely look into them. How did you like Madmans Esprit?

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I like the old stuff like Loudness and early X-Japan etc. But other wise, let's just say that my knowledge on more recent  Asian metal is very limited. I did however stumble over an interesting band from Mongolia on YouTube recently called The Hu which delivers some fine folk metal.

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On 2/15/2019 at 5:02 AM, Tortuga said:

I like the old stuff like Loudness and early X-Japan etc. But other wise, let's just say that my knowledge on more recent  Asian metal is very limited. I did however stumble over an interesting band from Mongolia on YouTube recently called The Hu which delivers some fine folk metal.

I think X-Japan could be considered as classic already :)

Yes, The Hu is actually really good! Nice blend of traditional Mongolian sound and metal!

By the way, Madmans Esprit just released a new MV. I'll add the link to their official YouTube video here: 

 

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Blood Stain Child (Japan) have gone more back to their roots recently. Here is a new track with MV. I would not get too attached to any members though, they seem to have a thing for replacing them often.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQEY-YayHEQ

Band Maid (Japan) have also made a decent splash the last few years. Most tracks lean more on the rock side though and they are known for cathy hooks. Aside from that they are an all girls band which takes joy in being underestimated and then proving everyone wrong. Ill link to a track called DICE from their most recent album. They are something the average metal fan would might struggle with, but their technical skill is undeniably solid.

 

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Eastern Asia was always a very strong country, especially Japan in my opinion. Japan spawned so many great bands. Intestine Baalism, Sigh & Deadly Spawn just to name a few. Also enjoyed Dark Ambition from South Korea to name another country.

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