Our top ten 3Teeth songs looks at the work of an industrial metal band who are from Los Angeles and were formed in 2013. The bands current line-up consists of vocalist Alexis Mincolla, guitarist Chris Brawner, keyboardist and synth player Xavier Swafford, bassist and modular synth player Andrew Means and drummer Nick Rossi.
Mincolla and Swafford are the two founding members of the band. The soon met Means and enlisted him in the band. Means was a childhood friend of Brawner and got him into the band. They first enlisted Justin Hanson as a drummer until he injured himself and decided to not rejoin the band after Rossi was their live drummer for a tour, so they offered him a full time position.
They released their self-titled debut album in 2014. Later that they released a remix album titled Remixed. In 2017, they released their second album titled which was produced by Sean Beavan who had worked with Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. The album got to number twenty-three on the Billboard Chart. In 2018 they released two collaborative tracks with rap rock band Ho99o9.
They began working on their third album in 2018 once again with Beavan and it was released in 2019 under the title Metawar. This album has been their most successful to date, reaching twenty-three on the Billboard as well as various positions on other charts.
3Teeth are one of the most interesting bands around at the minute who are not getting the attention that they deserve, which we hope to change with this list, and they continue to progress with their sound. In addition to the music, there is also the visual aspect to their live shows, which makes them even more intense as a band. Here is a list of their ten best songs.
# 10 – Consent
Kicking off our top ten 3teeth songs list is this track taken from their self-titled debut released in 2014. With its heavy drum riff and distorted guitar sound, the sound found on this track is very old-style industrial, resembling classic Ministry at their most experimental and ground-breaking peak. Frontman Alexis Mincolla’s raspy vocals are particularly reminiscent of Ministry frontman Al Jorgensen and give the track a real creepy vibe.
# 9 – Pit Of Fire
Up next is a track from the band’s second album released in 2017. Producer Sean Beavan had produced two classic albums in the form of The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails and Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson and this track has elements of both of those artists in terms of its sound.
# 8 – Dust
Next is another track from the first album. This is a track that makes use of synth a lot and is another track that clearly takes a lot of inspiration from both Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. 3Teeth have cited both bands as a major influence so this hardly comes as a surprise. The album was very well received upon its release and gained the band a lot of comparisons to both of those bands as well as similar acts such as Skinny Puppy.
# 7 – Master Of Decay
Next up is another great track also taken from the first album. As the title would suggest, this song’s lyrics deal with themes of death and destruction. Musically, it is electronic-based and is also reminiscent of Ministry but this time, more of their early synth based work as opposed to their later more metal-oriented material. Mincolla’s vocals on here are absolutely brilliant as he does that classic industrial thing with his vocals by sounding like the voice of a robot in a dystopian science fiction film.
# 6 – EXXXit
Ending the first half of this list we have a track from the band’s third and most recent album Metawar released in 2019. The song has rather explicit lyrical themes which probably are not really appropriate to go into detail with on this site. Once again musically resembling Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, this song is easy to imagine being played in a goth club, you can just imagine it being played in a scene in a movie where somebody goes into a club.
# 5 – You Spin Me Round
Kicking off the second half of this list that as many readers can probably guess, is a cover of the Dead Or Alive hit that was released in 2020. This track was not featured any of the band’s albums but was instead recorded for the soundtrack of the 2020 movie Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe. Although the track follows the structure of the original, it is far from being a derivative cover, with 3teeth very much putting their own industrial spin on it.
# 4 – Atrophy
This song is another taken from. It is another song where you can hear the influence of the classic industrial bands. Although 3Teeth may not be a band who are doing something massively original, they always make for an interesting listen without sounding overly derivative. The album received a generally positive critical reception upon its release.
# 3 – Divine Weapon
At number three is another track of the second album which features a very minimalists set of lyrics, with just eleven words being sung in the whole four minutes. What is amazing is how the band make this work, because although there may not be much being said, the track still manages to be effective, with the sound of the music being very powerful and haunting.
# 2 – President X
Just off the top spot is this song that is taken from Metawar. As the title would suggest, the song’s lyrics deal with the current political climate. With this in mind, it resembles Ministry both lyrically and musically whilst at the same time the riff is very Korn-esque as are many other aspects of the song. By default you could also say, that it is rather like Godflesh, as that was a band who Korn always owed a lot to.
# 1 – Pumped Up Kicks
It may sound odd to have a cover song at the top of this list, but this cover of the song that was originally by indie act Foster The People is given such a spin of its own that this writer feels that it very much warrants its place at the top of this list. It is the closing track on Metawar, and is a uniquely dark take on the more upbeat original whilst at the same time managing to sound enough like the original to avoid being unrecognisable.
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