Five Miami Metal Bands You Should Know About

Moshing at Churchill's
Moshing at Churchill's
Photo by Monica McGivern

The world is fueled by contradictions. One such contradiction is that the bright and sunny city of Miami is home to some extremely good dark and grimy music. It’s no secret that Florida witnessed the birth of many metal bands like Death, Obituary, and Morbid Angel, just to name a few. And oddly enough, the Magic City is considered one of America's premier nests of death metal. But despite the fact that the golden years of the '80s and '90s Miami metal are long gone, there are still many local acts that represent South Florida’s metal scene with an iron foot. 

If you frequent Churchill’s in Miami (or Poor House in Fort Lauderdale), you've probably had your mind, hair, and/or ears blown away by the bands below.

Many of these bands lean toward the sludge and stoner metal sounds, mixing in wild and energetic live performances. Others sound more powerful and neat on the recordings than they do live. But one thing is certain: All of them are worth your time. 

Shroud Eater puts on one hell of a show.
Shroud Eater puts on one hell of a show.
Photo Courtesy of Shroud Eater

5. Shroud Eater

You don't forget about Shroud Eater after you've seen them live. Lead by two badass women, Jean Saiz (guitar/vocals) and Janette Valentine (bass/vocals), the loud and distorted riffs become even more dramatic when Davin Sosa’s drums are added to the mix. Entering a room where Shroud Eater is playing is a surreal experience. The lights glow red, and the atmosphere becomes dense and viscous. The power trio's live performances and the quality of its songs earned the group the privilege of opening for bands like Kylesa, High on Fire, and Iron Reagan, among others. Shroud Eater's latest release, the two-song EP Face the Master, was covered nationwide in publications such as Noisey and CVLT Nation. Shroud Eater will also be representing Miami in the Psycho Fest Las Vegas, which has a massive lineup including Alice Cooper, Sleep, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Electric Wizard, and many more.

Bleeth was born from the ashes of Astrokats.
Bleeth was born from the ashes of Astrokats.
Photo Courtesy of Bleeth

4. Bleeth

This is another power trio that leans towards doom and sludge, but with a sharper psychedelic tendency than Shroud Eater. Bleeth is the child of former Astrokats members, guitarist Lauren Palma and bassist Ryan Rivas — plus Juan David Londono on drums. Although Bleeth is a relatively new band (formed less than two years ago) the three have played a bunch of shows in local venues, released an EP called Re-Animator, and toured the East Coast. The band is currently in the studio working on its upcoming album. Bleeth's songs revisit the classic sound of the fathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath, and puts it in a blender with a bit of sludge and a touch of punk.

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