Exclusive: Mark Cichra picks six of his favourite songs

This week to celebrate the release of ‘The Gainsaying Of Korah’ from American metallers Denial Machine, EspyRock will be featuring some of the bands favourite songs. Now becoming the first band to be featured on EspyRock twice, Denial Machine are releasing a four song EP titled ‘The Gainsaying Of Korah’ today, 14th September. The EP is a follow up to their 2009 self-titled debut album which was a massive hit amongst our readers in January 2010 when we streamed and gave you the chance to win signed copies.

If you have yet to hear the EP in full then click the following link to listen to it exclusively on EspyRock – The Gainsaying Of Korah Stream.

As part of our new running feature were we ask artists to pick their favourite songs, Denial Machine have teamed up with us to run a week long feature in celebration of their new release were each day you will be treated to a selection of their favourite songs.

In the second of our five features, guitarist Mark Cichra picks six of his favourite songs. Mark had this to say:

My list is not a list of all-time favourites, but of songs which are indicative of the current state of metal. Metal is doing well right now; while other genres suffer from fading popularity, confusion about identity and audiences, and fatiguing innovation, over the last decade or so metal has gotten better and better. Spurred by a few key influences, new bands have appeared who alternately manipulate and celebrate metal’s musical and artistic conventions, creating material which sounds so original yet so familiar. These six songs were all released in the last few years and are meant to point out a few artists who represent the present (and future?) state of metal. Artists like these make it so exciting to be a part of this genre, and make me realise how fortunate I am to be playing metal today.

Track 1

Band: Veil Of Maya
Song: Codex
Mark: These fellow Chicagoans effortlessly weave intricate, intelligent riffing with death metal/hardcore brutality.

Track 2

Band: North
Song: Falling In Perpetuum
Mark: Post-metal in the vein of Isis and Pelican with a fuller more classically brutal sound.

Track 3

Band: Baroness
Song: A Horse Called Golgotha
Mark: The precision riffing of thrash and NWOBHM bands with hardcore vocals and stoner rock tones.

Track 4

Band: Eluveitie
Song: Nil
Mark: Pagan-folk-melodic-death metal. It is what it is.

Track 5

Band: Sunn O)))
Song: Hunting And Gathering (Cydonia)
Mark: The experimental metal pioneers have recently released one of their best albums. At about two beats per minute, this song is absolutely terrifying.

Track 6

Band: Genghis Tron
Song: Things Don’t Look Good
Mark: Redeeming the synthesizer’s role in metal.


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