Look What I Missed (Part III)

If you've been following my blogs over the past month then you'll know that in the grand scheme of things, I'm a relative newcomer to more extreme genres of metal. Black, death, grind and their various kissing cousins were outliers for me for many years. I've credited Gojira with introducing me to death metal, effectively opening up the flood gates to an overwhelming back catalog of bands and albums that, obviously, I've barely begun to scratch the surface of. The great thing about my ignorance is that every day there's something new (that's actually old) to discover. The crappy part about my ignorance is finding a great record, only to discover that the band who recorded it is no longer together. And here's the part of my blog where I make the transition from talking about nothing to actually discussing heavy metal. Enter the now defunct Elzevir, whose 2011 album 'Rise From Knees' is currently on heavy rotation at Casa de JPR. According to their Bandcamp page, Elzevir was formed 11 years ago under the name Hogwarts, a folk death metal band that, you guessed it, sang about Harry Potter. Yes, me and you and a dog named Boo all lived in a world with a death metal band that was devoted to everyone's favorite child wizard. Life is pretty awesome sometimes, isn't it? In 2009 they morphed into Elzevir, releasing their only LP 'Rise From Knees' two years later. From Blind Guardian to Amon Amarth to Children of Bodom to Rhapsody, Elzevir clearly had their finger on the pulse of folk and death during their all-too-brief tenure. 'Rise From Knees' is a listening experience set at a blistering pace, with rapid fire drums, staccato synths and infectious leads that don't need to command your attention, you simply can't tune them out. In all seriousness, I can't recommend Elzevir's 'Rain of That Day' enough. Give it a shot and as always, let us know in the comments what your thoughts are. What bands/albums have I missed out on that I need to hear? Would you like to go travelin' and livin' off the land with me? Should I continue to reference 70's folk rock songs in my blogs? I can, you know. Rage on! JPR


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