In case you haven't been paying attention: Dallas-Fort Worth has been back on a metal kick of late, with new metal bands popping up and grabbing our attention -- like Warbeast and Maleveller, to name a few.
Now there's another act to add to the list of attention-worthy upstarts: Arlington's The Famine, who will release their sophomore album, The Architects of Guilt, next week, on February 15.
Already deemed "the album you want to play for anyone who thinks Texas metal died with Dimebag Darrell" by the Alternative Press, the disc seems primed to launch the band, easily the most brutal thing we've heard out of Arlington since the Pantera days, toward some pretty substantial metal cred -- even in the face of the band's album coming on Solid State Records, a traditionally Christian metal-focused label, a distinction that both the band and its supporters say has very little, if anything, to do with the band's aim.
Our own early listens to the album would tend to back that up. There are, of course, references to death and apocalyptic times throughout the disc -- but since when is that a Christian thing and not just a generic metal thing? Does it matter? Not really when the band comes off this brutally. See what we mean after the jump, where we've posted the band's epic new music video for the lead single off its new album, "Ad Mortem." You can also stream another track off the disc, called "The Crown and the Holy See," right here.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.