Avoiding the Face Value and Seeing the Soul of Metal

In life, we seek that which has what we lack. An author who can write some way that we cannot becomes instantly fascinating, just like music which expresses what we lack words to convey. Underground metal attracts those who are seeking to explain in philosophical terms what the mood, emotions, atmosphere, and texture — almost like a wall scripture from an Egyptian tune — conveys.

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Necrophagia – Ready For Death (1986)

Our world changed a great deal between the early and mid-eighties: technology expanded, media control arose, and music rose against the nascent New World Order and its social environment composed of both “I got mine” style mercantilism and precious snowflake post-hippie ego-adornment. The quest was on to make crossover music that combined the alienation of punk with the archaic futurism of metal.

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Aztlan – Legión Mexica (2021)

Speed metal effectively died once Sepultura mixed it with nü-metal and punk on Roots, but that also uncovered a new style by revealing that speed metal mixes well with tribal, folk, and classical influences, something Aztlan explores on Legión Mexica, a feast of Spanish- and Mexican-themed folk styles mixed with Pantera/Metallica style bouncy speed metal.

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Death Metal Band Tuol Sleng Outrages Cambodians

Not realizing that death metal focuses on confronting the illusions behind which we hide in a social bubble instead of accepting that life includes death and lies like equality, democracy, and consumerism lead to group suicide, Cambodians expressed outrage that a death metal band borrowed the name of the most notorious Khmer Rouge death camp:
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