Death metal. Always maligned, oft-overlooked and rarely appreciated, this genre of music finds its finest voice in the soulfully articulately melodies of Impaled Northern Moonforest. Eschewing the familiar territory of industrial-grade distorted electric guitars for the more sensitive medium of acoustic steel string, these masters of metal, these bards of the barbarous thrill the listener with dynamic tales of grotesqueries, mutilations and other things I couldn’t quite make out.

Perhaps this fan-contributed flash video distills the essence of their wonderfulness into a jagged little pill (with an easy-swallow coating).

How long before the serpent of L.A. corrupts this young, fresh talent is anyone’s guess.