The battle over cigarettes for the twenty-first century has heated up. During the latter half of the twentieth century, clever MBAs figured out that they could slash corners and raise margins, and so American cigarettes went from tasty to the same place that American beer went.3 Comments
We live in a modern wasteland. Crafted as a disposable society, our civilization consists of business and government, with culture and organic activities nearly entirely excluded. As those who wander this outland of foreign and alien values and behaviors, staying on top of fast food is essential.20 Comments
North Coast Brewing
Upon opening, this beer smells a lot like 1980s Dos Equis, namely a rich dark beer with overtones of molasses. Once decanted and tasted, however, this brew reveals quite a different flavor: like a plum-scented wine mixed with a sweet dark beer, it has a fruity undertone to a rich taste.12 Comments
Anal Cunt guitarist Josh Martin, known for penning a number of outrageously offensive and theatrical songs, has passed away after falling from a mall escalator and striking his head.
Those who remember Anal Cunt for their enjoyable live shows, over-the-top lyrics, and grinding chaotic composition will find themselves familiar with Martin from his work in the composition and live performance of hits from the Anal Cunt catalogue.
He died doing what he enjoyed: “clowning around.” As news reports of his death tell us:
Josh Martin, a 45-year-old guitarist with the band Anal C**t, is said to have lost his balance, fallen backwards and hit his head on a table after losing his balance while riding the escalator.
Police told local reporters that he fell one storey from the cinema level to the food court below at Providence Place Mall shortly before 11pm on Monday evening.
A report described him as ‘clowning around and riding the rail of the escalator’ and fell off as he approached the downward part of the handrail.
Martin outlived his bandmate, vocalist Seth Putnam, by seven years after Putnam died in 2011 at age 43.
We choose to remember him through his irreverent sense of humor and his work, which ranged from musical comedy to fast, grinding sonic mayhem which introduced a new generation to grindcore. A brief career retrospective follows.
And some influences:8 Comments
Every June 6 we celebrate a day sacred to all Hessians: the International Day of Slayer on which all metalheads celebrate what it is to be a metalhead, as exemplified by the music of Slayer and the lives of its musicians, including Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013).
Slayer beats back the world of human intentions which tries to make life safe, inoffensive, commerce-friendly, popular, and full of unique precious snowflakes. Its music affirms reality, which operates through power and will, over emotions and social opinions. It denies the importance of humans.
No doubt you know how to celebrate this holiday for metal folk worldwide, but as a quick refresher:
On June 6th, Hessians worldwide come together to do something upon which we can all agree – listening to Slayer! Finally, one of the most dismissed cultural groups in the world has a holiday to call its own. Join us in our cause to stand unified in our celebration of metal music and let us prove to the rest of society that we too have a voice.
Who is Slayer
Slayer is a band from California. Their music has come to epitomize Satanic speed metal music in the latter half of the 20th century. Their 1986 album Reign in Blood ranks as one of the single most influential metal albums of all time, typified by the modern classic “Angel of Death.”
How to Celebrate
- Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
- Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
- Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
- Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.
DO NOT use headphones! The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that it is the National Day of Slayer. National holidays in America aren’t just about celebrating; they’re about forcing it upon non-participants.
Taking that participation to a problematic level
- Stage a “Slay-out.” Don’t go to work. Listen to Slayer.
- Have a huge block party that clogs up a street in your neighborhood. Blast Slayer albums all evening. Get police cruisers and helicopters on the scene. Finish with a full-scale riot.
- Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries.
- Play Slayer covers with your own band (since 99% of your riffs are stolen from Slayer anyway).
- Kill the neighbor’s dog and blame it on Slayer.
In honor of Slayer, of metal music worldwide in all ages, and of the spirit of facing reality with eyes wide open and embracing the opportunity of challenge and fear, we intend to keep this website open and celebrate the International Day of Slayer every year on June 6. Join us… welcome back!
Join us in celebrating the International Day of Slayer for 2018! This year, we offer Live in Reseda, a bootleg (courtesy of Melonville HC) from the glory days of classic Slayer as they were just starting their quest for world domination.
If you are here by mistake and wondering why Slayer (you’re supposed to yell this each time you say it, like this: SLAYER!) is important, check out the Heavy Metal Frequently Asked Questions file to see how this band influenced the rise of death metal and, well, basically everything else. SLAYER!
To aid in your celebration, enjoy some links to classic Slayer releases:
Show No Mercy (1983)
Haunting the Chapel (1984)
Hell Awaits (1985)
Reign in Blood (1986)
South of Heaven (1988)4 Comments
So, you want to get involved with death metal, and you want to start with the classics of the genre? Let us help you with our handy buying guide!
- At the Gates – Gardens of Grief (1991) [review]
- At the Gates – The Red In The Sky Is Ours (1991) [review]
- Carbonized – For The Security (1991) [review]
- Carbonized – Disharmonization (1992) [review]
- Carnage – Dark Recollections (1990) [review]
- Entombed – Left Hand Path (1990) [review]
- Entombed – Stranger Aeons (1992) [review]
- Entombed – Clandestine (1992) [review]
- Dismember – Like An Everflowing Stream (1991) [review]
- Eucharist – A Velvet Creation (1994) [review]
- God Macabre – The Winterlong… (1993) [review]
- Hetsheads – We Hail the Possessed… (1994) [review]
- Hypocrisy – Penetralia (1992) [review]
- Hypocrisy – Osculum Obscenum (1993) [review]
- Merciless – The Awakening (1989) [review]
- Necrophobic – The Nocturnal Silence (1994) [review
- Nihilist – Nihilist (1987-1989) (2005) [review]
- Therion – Of Darkness… (1991) [review]
- Therion – Beyond Sanctorum (1992) [review]
- Therion – Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas (1993) [review]
- Unanimated – In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead (1994) [review]
- Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells (1991) [review]
Swedish Death Metal
I used to think of Leftism as a radical new idea that happened to be deceptive. Now I see it merely as a descent into incoherence that occurs whenever appealing to a broad social group becomes more important than accurately understanding the world.21 Comments
One of the paradoxes of heavy metal emerges from the fact that small European nations like Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Texas produce disproportionate amounts of quality heavy metal. It offends our egalitarian sensibility which says that all people are the same, and local scenes are luck only.64 Comments
Uncorking — or rather, screwing off the plastic cap from the plastic bottle — of this beer produces notes of vinegar, malt, hops, and blood. The combination of caramelized corn, fermented thoroughly, and a rich yeasty body rises to the nostrils.8 Comments
When I was a child, I lived near a park that was awesome because two-thirds of it was just natural woods, and the rest was a lake and a small lawn area. You went there to fish or walk in the woods, and you had a good time because you were not in a human space, but a natural one.22 Comments