Local Indianapolis metal band Man Eating Giant is a refreshing breath of heavy metal goodness.
This week we’ve been covering some of the outlier genres that we’ve missed in previous weeks. So far this week, we’ve covered folk and Americana with Bigfoot Yancey, and electronic-acoustic pop with Addie Kosten. And today, we move on to a genre that many people find a bit abrasive: metal.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of metal as a genre. There’s usually too much screaming or grunting for me to get into it. But there are some bands who stand out as exceptions. For me at least, when metal works, it’s a result of good songwriting, strong vocals, and technical musicianship. Man Eating Giant has all three of these things, along with one of the best band names I think I’ve ever heard.
You can listen to “Demisery” in the video above starting at 12:06. But before we get into our song of the day, let’s first take a quick look at Man Eating Giant.
Man Eating Giant
Man Eating Giant is a heavy metal band from Indianapolis that got its start in 2016. They take their inspiration from bands like Megadeath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, and more of the like.
The band consists of members Jeremy England (bass), Thomas Hunt (guitar), Scott Manning (guitar, vocals), and Don Curtis (drums).
So far, Man Eating Giant has released one self-titled EP, which came out in April this year. The EP contains three tracks: “Let’s Destroy”, “These Things That Tempt Me”, and our song of the day, “Demisery”.
“Demisery” is the final song from Man Eating Giant’s debut EP, and finishes it on a good note. It’s a quick-paced, high-octane metal jaunt propelled by rhythmic guitar riffs and unrelenting drums. The energetic verses are slightly offset by the slowed down bridge section, which launches into back to back, face-melting guitar solos.
The pure technical ability of both Manning and Hunt’s guitar playing is incredible. They both display an impressive speed, paired with melodic songwriting so that you don’t feel as if you’re being bombarded with a flurry of meaningless notes.
Manning’s vocals are also worth mentioning. While his voice isn’t the most refined, it still works just fine in Man Eating Giant’s arrangement and tone. I can’t stress enough how glad I was that he wasn’t a screamer or growler. Instead, his voice has just the right amount of gruffness to it to not sound out of place.
The lyrics to “Demisery” carry themes of recent societal norms relating to social media in them, with companies like Facebook and Twitter both mentioned in the chorus.
“Who the hell do you impress
When not at your Facebook best?
Throw your doubt on all you see
The second chorus remains the same, except with the replacement of Facebook with Twitter.
I’m not usually one to go in for heavy metal. Besides some of the more classic or “metal mainstream” bands like Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Mastodon, I’m still a novice compared to a lot of metal heads out there. So be sure to take everything I say with a grain of salt.
Man Eating Giant has just the kind of sound I personally look for when I’m in the mood for metal. The guitars stay relatively clean, without veering off into the categories of doom or sludge. Similarly, the vocals are actually clean enough to sound like real singing, as opposed to some of the screaming and guttural utterances often heard in this genre. Finally, the technical musicianship of the entire band is significantly above average. These guys know how to play.
That being said, if you’re looking for a solid metal band to rock out to, or if you’re looking to wade into a new genre but don’t know where to start, I’d suggest giving Man Eating Giant a listen.
If you enjoyed listening to Man Eating Giant’s “Demisery”, be sure to listen to the rest of their self-titled EP on Bandcamp. To find out more about Man Eating Giant, you can visit their website, or find them on Facebook.
Finally, for more coverage on the Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local Indianapolis artists from the community.