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Currently I write Decibel's demo column, Throw Me a Frickin' Bone. The one in the August 'll issue (Scott Ian cover, buy here) featured 12 demos, all free at Bandcamp. (Xyphos' has since gone up to $5.) This was a particularly strong batch of demos. One reader here requested that I put up their Bandcamp links, so here they are. I've changed the order from the column's alphabetization to that of a mixtape.

Click on the play symbol to stream the song; click on the "i" to go to the band's Bandcamp and download the whole demo. The "i" also leads to lyrics for a good number of the songs, a nice bonus.

If you prefer to download these tunes as a mixtape, I've made that available at the bottom of this page. Hopefully you'll find a new favorite band or two.

— Cosmo Lee

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SIDE A

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Hot Fog
NWONWOBHM from SF

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Raised by Sharks
ETID-style rockin' hardcore from FL

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Old Wounds
Sludge/OSDM-flavored hardcore from NJ

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The Matador
European-style hardcore/post-metal from AUS

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Chronos
Oceanic/Panopticon-style post-metal from UK

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Pallbearer
Downcast yet soaring doom from AR

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SIDE B

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Dog Shredder
Mind-melting psych/prog from WA

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Masada
Not John Zorn's band, but early-Atheist-style DM (ex-Immolation) from PA

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Xyphos
RIYL StarGazer, proggy OSDM from CAN

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Eschaton
RIYL Behemoth/Belphegor, expansive blackened DM from AUT

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Quarter the Villain
Wild 'n' wacky math metal from FL

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Gladiator
RIYL Scale the Summit, instrumental prog metal from FL

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