I wasn’t planning to post anything else today, but then I read something that I enjoyed and thought was worth recommending to you. It’s a long article by Ryan Wasoba in Riverfront Times of St. Louis about the city’s metal scene, with a focus on three metal bands in particular: Fister, The Lion’s Daughter, and Black Fast. I’m a fan of all three bands, and that has something to do with why I enjoyed it, but there’s more.
The article is built on interesting stories about each band’s music and their experiences getting to where they are now — Fister’s new album IV (which consists of a single 44-minute song) is due for release in a matter of days, and The Lion’s Daughter and Black Fast have signed to prominent labels (Season of Mist, and eOne) for the release of their next albums. Those stories include anecdotes from Black Fast’s recording sessions with Erik Rutan that are kind of amazing as well as amusing. But all the stories are interesting.
The article goes beyond just those three bands, to give a sense of history and place for the St. Louis metal scene, though it will be readily apparent that it has a lot in common with underground metal scenes in other cities of comparable size. The article is also a well-written piece, which is why I stuck with it to the end and am recommending it now
I don’t often post about metal-oriented articles I’ve come across elsewhere, not because I have anything against the idea but because I so rarely find the time to read what other people are writing, at least if the writing is more than about two paragraphs long. I’m glad I had the time for this one. Check it out here (there’s music from all the bands included with the story, so that’s another bonus):
UPDATE: I discovered that the digital version of Fister’s new album is already available on Bandcamp — so here’s the link and the stream for that: