Shut up and thrash: Suicidal Tendencies and S.O.D.

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.

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Polemicist, Cmpt, Mountain of Smoke

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

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Impaled Nazarene, Head of Jeddore, Perversor

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

Metal that is progressive and a night of emperial wrath

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

Extreme Metal is Deterministic (guest entry)

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)

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Deathvoid, Majestic Downfall, Sabhankra

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

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Anatomia, Hagel, Thanatomass

Anatomia: Corporeal Torment (2021) Veteran Japanese death/doomsters Anatomia return with their latest LP ‘Corporeal Torment’, and what a treat it is. If previous efforts from this outfit were a compellingly creepy blend of Autopsy and diSEMBOWELMENT, this album sees them flirt with drone. The underlying formula may still be intact, but Anatomia seem intent on … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Anatomia, Hagel, Thanatomass

Revisiting Garden Gnome: Gnomenomicon and Gnometia

Given my unhinged tirade of last month of thought it pertinent to check back in on this whimsical little dungeon synth project. And sure enough, after less than a month I am two albums behind on Garden Gnome’s output. Notice the variations on a theme with the album titles, ‘True Gnomewegian Dungeon Synth’, and now … Continue reading Revisiting Garden Gnome: Gnomenomicon and Gnometia