The 90s was a creative feeding frenzy for metal. Artistic endeavour prospered, despite the irresistible pull of fiscal interests staking a claim on countercultures wherever they gained traction. The white heat of activity that saw heavy guitar music reach new zeniths of creative potential left much detritus in its wake. But whether metal was a … Continue reading Metal’s retromania Part V: Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Tristwood: Dystopia et Disturbia (18th June 2021. Originally released as a digital album in 2010) The third album from this Austrian industrial-cum-grindcore project is receiving a physical release on CD in 2021. Along with previously unreleased early material from the band and the exclusive track ‘Stormcode’ comes the original album ‘Dystopia et Disturbia’. Never one … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Tristwood, The Illusion of Dawn, Passeisme
Since its inception, thrash has always posed as the social conscience of metal. Whether you view this as a surreptitious way for punk to sneak its demands for a better world into the complex sonic architecture of metal, or as metal welcoming the energy and grounded realism of punk with open arms will really depend … Continue reading Shut up and thrash: Suicidal Tendencies and S.O.D.
Polemicist: Return of the Sophist (out 25th June 2021 on Hessian Firm) In 2019 Polemicist delivered their debut ‘Zarathustrian Impressions’, a more nuanced treatment of my boy Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spake Zarathustra’ than we are used to within black metal. Despite the histrionic tone of the book, it drew together and sharpened the key ideas of … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Polemicist, Cmpt, Mountain of Smoke
A Dutch of evil….because touch, sounds like…Everyone seems to agree that the Netherlands often gets overlooked as a death metal hotspot, usually in favour of Sweden or UK grindcore. But when we look to the likes of Pestilence, Asphyx, Sinister, Thanatos, and Gorefest, the output of our friends across the open sea made a significant … Continue reading A Dutch of evil: Creepmime and Ceremony
Impaled Nazarene: Eight Headed Serpent (2021) Buying into one’s own mythology is a common symptom of aging without grace. It seems to be a congenital condition amongst bands that cracked an idiosyncratic formula within a very specific set of parameters early on in their career. From the first note of ‘The Rack’, Asphyx emerged with … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Impaled Nazarene, Head of Jeddore, Perversor
It’s taken a couple of weeks to articulate the sour taste left after reading another article from The Guardian on metal’s onward push to diversify. I certainly don’t bear any of the bands featured in this article any ill will, or their fans for that matter. Despite the important message behind these artists’ work, their … Continue reading Metal that is progressive and a night of emperial wrath
Article by Jason, aka Lonegoat from the Necroclassical project Goatcraft and the host of the Necropolis podcast Music is the only form of art which is expressed in time more than in space. In Kant’s philosophy, time and space are a priori, meaning that these fundamental aspects of reality are grounded in intuition. Our understanding of … Continue reading Extreme Metal is Deterministic (guest entry)
Deathvoid: Semaphore (4th June 2021) “Rawness” is a relative quality. This is known. So when I say the latest demo from the Italian/Swiss trio known as Deathvoid is “raw black metal”, I am left deeply unsatisfied with the descriptor. ‘Semaphore’ not only operates on the borders between black metal and noise, it is a noise … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Deathvoid, Majestic Downfall, Sabhankra
Why a farewell to Norway? I write this piece with nothing but my usual good will to Norwegian black metal. But there’s a sense in which the hegemony of Norway as the central creation myth of black metal is beginning to slip with each new generation of fans. The allure of the scene, replete with … Continue reading A farewell to Norway: Tulus and Isengard