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The internet has provided an incredible platform for underground artists to share their work with the world. Metalheads can enjoy an incredible selection of tunes at the simple click of a button.

The following sites are great resources for those looking to give their ears a sample of what’s offered outside the mainstream.

Spotify.com
With a free subscription that provides all the essential features—so long as you can stand the adverts—Spotify is a great option for discovering your new favourite underground artists. The catalogue showcases tonnes of great bands, such as fan-favourite, Sydonia. However, the music you can access depends on the country.

Last.fm
A veteran in online streaming, Last.fm has been around since 2002 and is still providing metal fans with a varied listening experience. With a live music station where you can flick through channels to find your genre of choice and a searchable catalogue complete with underground metal playlists, you’ll be sure to find something worth listening to.

Metaldemos.com
Metaldemos’ creator is a long-time underground metal fan who lost touch with the genre when studies and jobs got in the way of his own playing and performing. This site was set up as a way to stay connected and aims to pool some of the best underground releases from the 1980s, 1990s to now. If you agree that big record companies are the enemy of musicians, you’re sure to find only the best unknown sounds here.

Undergroundmusic.fm
This site was created as a hotspot for all underground music. It allows listeners to stream easily and search for their favourite music in an instant. Although it’s not strictly dedicated to metal, the site lets you toggle the genre to provide you with the sound you’re looking for. You can even upload your own music and help add to the collection.

These are just a few of the options available to help you keep up with the newest, up-and-coming acts, but there are heaps of other great sites out there. If you know of any others, be sure to leave a comment below with your ideas!

About the Author: Isa is an entertainment blogger for CultureCoverage.com and a hardcore metal fan. From moshing at concerts as a teenager to scouring the internet for the best new releases, she’s always immersed in the world of metal.

Words: Isa Cox
Photo: Matthias Pfeil