Beats and yelling: Serpent Ascending, Dinbethes, Atramentum

Serpent Ascending: Hyperborean FolkloreOut 17th June on I, Voidhanger Records Stalwart Finnish death metal evolutionist Jarno Nurmi revitalises his post Desecresy project Serpent Ascending for album number two. Where ‘Aṇaṅku’ was a twisting, multi-faceted but ultimately smothering work of nocturnal claustrophobia, ‘Hyperborean Folklore’ seeks to bring us into the light. From the very first riff... Continue Reading →

Nocturnus and the death of amateurism

One reading of Nocturnus’s ‘The Key’ would have us believe that it is nothing more than a signifier of death metal’s early inroads into progressive music, perhaps a little more noteworthy than other releases of the time for the foregrounded keyboards. An alternative reading paints it as a sloppy miasma of repackaged Slayer and Kreator... Continue Reading →

Black metal’s modernist reckoning: Aosoth and Krieg

To identify the truly distinguishing features of black metal one must ask where it situates the listener. Specifically, the fact that they are expected to temporarily divorce themselves from their immediate surroundings – both physical and social/cultural – and embrace a larger, more impersonal conception of reality. This severance from individualism is a step even death... Continue Reading →

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Sacrilegious Crown, Riven, Nunslaughter/Blood

Sacrilegious Crown: Forbidden Vestiges of VenerationOut 3rd June on Xenoglossy Productions Somewhere between the ritualistic and ambient strains of black metal, funeral doom, and DSBM – although don’t let that last tag put you off – sits the latest EP from Italy’s Sacrilegious Crown. Whilst comparisons to Elysian Blaze are somewhat inevitable, Sacrilegious Crown offer... Continue Reading →

Activist listening

Towards a definition of listener responsibility in an era of mass participation In a recent essay entitled ‘Making Burzum a Contested Space’, I attempted to plot a possible route out of the current political impasse within black metal, specifically in regards to our relationship to dangerous art. The argument was predicated on the not so... Continue Reading →

Necropolis Podcast #47 – Metal Revelation

#47 - Metal Revelation: An easy-going episode after a hiatus. The topics of today are how we discovered and got into metal, what metal means to us, and some personal thoughts on metal. Cohost Shelley ( and Metalegion Magazine) returns with liver intact with guests Brett Clarin (Journey into Darkness, Sorrow), Daniel Valdez (Gored and... Continue Reading →

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