Guest article by Belisario
Now that the end of 2019 is over, with its list-saturated madness, it is a good moment to look backwards in search for the decent albums we may have overlooked during the year. That might be the case of the debut album by a discrete Spanish band under the name of Calyx. Released in the month of May, it was published by no less than Iron Bonehead Productions, a well-known middle-sized label which is lately supporting smaller and lesser known bands, a move certainly worth praising.
Tags: Black Metal, calyx, vientos arcaicos
MMA is now a mainstream sport consisting of highly paid athletes, large organizations, specialized doctors and strict rules governing all aspects of the sport. During the sport’s formative years, this was not the case as fighters didn’t fully comprehend the rules, the pay was minimal and the risks weren’t fully understood, creating situations that were wild and uncontrolled. This lead to some fights that had a feral quality that has mostly been lost in the sport barring a few exceptions. Here are some fights that showcase the brutality of the sport.
Tags: fighting, hessian lifestyle, mma, ufc
While it is not a surprise that the Metal Archives forum readers would vote for some terrible albums in their yearly list. It is however shocking that these albums were all well received instead of being left in the bin where they belong.
Tags: a dawn to fear, caletonia, cattle decapitation, Cult of Luna, death atlas, elson complex, when a shadow is forced into the light
Hate Eternal’s Conquering the Throne is a fairly mediocre album plagued by the symptoms that were spreading across the Death metal universe at the time. The need for even more brutality was visible on one side of the spectrum while the need to rival the more overground and Rock derived bands on their terms dominated the other side of the spectrum. Erik Rutan had finished his second stay with Morbid Angel who had just failed at accomplishing any of the objectives with the juvenile Gateways to Annihilation and would then form Hate Eternal who simplified everything Ripping Corpse had done into music that attempted to be memorable and punishing but ended up being predictable and flat. Though three songs stand out on this album, showing at times a level of composition far beyond anything that Rutan could ever dream of conceiving. These would become Doug Cerrito’s last contributions to Death metal.
Tags: conquering the throne, doug cerrito, Erik Rutan, Hate Eternal, suffocation
Sometimes for no actual logical reason, terrible metal bands become adored despite not having a gimmick like satanic Abba songs or a mentally deranged topless DJ as a vocalist. These bands offer nothing of interest even on initial listens and should be actively mocked for their pretentious unsubstantiated claims.
Tags: baest venenum, seigneur voland, to bathe from the throat of cowardice, vitriol
Finnish stalwarts Rippikoulu embark on a short North American tour with the likes of Chthe’ilist and Nucleus. While Musta Seremonoa was an enjoyable listen and easily a greater live experience than what copy cat bands like Spectral Voice and Hooded Menace have to offer, the price of admission isn’t probably worth seeing them especially with the two supporting acts known for aping Demilich more than anything else. Hopefully the price is low enough to justify hanging around with friends outside while waiting for Rippikoulu.
Tags: chtheilist, Finnish Death Metal, musta seremonia, Nucleus, rippikoulu
Sargeist return with an EP that promises more of the same but with an even more digital production style and less original content than a tribute band.
Tags: Black Metal, death veneration, sargeist
It is customary to begin a new year with the setting of goals towards accomplishment and growth in view of the experiences had during the previous period. The present writing aims at putting forth some works that may enrich the serious would-be Hessian in their struggle to embrace an ever more complete vision of reality. As Brett Stevens has pointed out, an interest in the occult is part and parcel of the Hessian outlook as he searches for logical patterns everywhere, not allowing himself to be circumscribed by any authority. Of necessity, this interest in the occult goes beyond Judeo-Christian conceptions, even if for historical reasons a poisoned landscape of Judaized misconceptions and moralistic admonitions has to be tread through or around. Mythos, its relevance to human psychology and possibility, must be embraced, and for it to be embraced, its import must be studied through pre-history and the whole of civilizations. While the scoffers will decry what they cannot allow themselves to rationally accept, they will remain in the grips of one or another mythos. Such is the curse of the atheist, the rationalist and those who belong to the democratic crowds. Allow mythos, vision, and hunger for life unite a distant past, the present and a distant future. The way is forward, paved by the billions of skulls of the meek who would inherit this planet, ascending to the heavens, beyond the stars and into far off galaxies.
Tags: desecresy, Finnish Death Metal, friedrich nietzsche, the mortal horizon, towards nebulae
After the success of the first issue and Niklas Göransson’s unique ability to get interviewees to genuinely express themselves, Bardo Methdology returns with a second issue that gets rid of most of the problems of the first issue while offering a much more methodical approach to the interviews.
Tags: Abigor, Atlantean Kodex, bardo methodology, bobby beausoleil, clandestine blaze, impaled nazarene, Inquisition, manilla road, Master's Hammer, nightbringer, phurpa, ram, rebirth of nefast, reverend kriss hades
While 2019 has shown that home studios are only getting better with the release of better emulators and cheaper “ready to record” prepackaged setups, the increase of quantity has not shown a proportionate increase in quality across the music spectrum. Metal has been in a particular weak state despite the best releases of the year being better than those of previous years, the overall quality was so low that even the present editor had to explore non-metal underground music in hopes of finding something of great quality. While such “expeditions” have been for the most part fruitless, the best of the year can only leave the metal listener with a sense optimism of what the new decade has to offer. Without any further ado, here is the best underground metal of 2019.
Tags: across the rhine is only death, angel of light, Angel Witch, Atlantean Kodex, best of 2019, course of empire, diplodocus, emberdawn, hatred prayer, mefitis, polemicist, sadistic drive, sammath, slow and heavy, street cannibal gluttony: rehearsal 05/2019, trench warfare, zarathrustrian impressions