American drama has spilled over to Australia and New Zealand as Destroyer 666 have been scrapped from their Oceania tour with BÖLZER that are now headlining the tour. This is probably due to the hysteria surrounding the Fortnite inspired Christchurch shooter. Who through his actions has managed to shift public opinion towards certain values seen in the left and with media hysteria creating a parallel narrative to the anti-Trump narrative espoused by the histrionic rejects of America, the American tradition of attacking metal bands for no reason has been transported halfway across the world. Soundworks Touring who are responsible for the organization, have sidestepped this whole issue without announcing why KK Warslut and his team were kicked but chose to push all their efforts into promoting BÖLZER with this phrase.
Almost thirty years after black metal terrorized Scandinavia by igniting 77 churches in a dramatic statement against the politically-correct nature of humanism as taught in the church, burning churches are back in the news as houses of worship blaze across the West.
Once again blackened death metal band Marduk is accused by devotees and moralists of flirting with right wing ideas. This time band members supposedly bought some stuff from the Nordic Resistance Movement. And once again Marduk responded with an obligatory statement which technically isn’t a lie but also evades addressing the underlying question about their views.
Norway has never been known for being an exponent of death metal, barring the early contributions of Darkthrone and the parent bands to some of the greatest black metal groups to emerge from the country. The brainchild of Borknagar main songwriter Øystein Garnes Brun, Molested was a brief flash in the pan before the mediocrity of Borknagar would define his career.
As an alternative to “groove,” death metal has its own native form of smooth moving rhythms, which we might call the “cruise,” in which drums and guitars interlock to provide a sense of fluid continuity which forms contrast for more percussive or oddly-shaped riffs to come.
Former editor D.A.R.G has shared his book Gradus ad Phlegethon for free download that features an interview with Brett Stevens. A genuinely interesting read that explores the depths of Black metal with much sincerity than any academic or feeble hipster that dances around the aesthetics while ignoring the true essence of the genre.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has embarked since October 2018 on a spoken-word tour in support of his memoir What does this button do? When in Norway, the legendary singer didn’t miss the chance to throw an acapella version of Revelations.
On May 24, 2019, Blood will “sodomize the weak” in Chicago on May 24, 2019, with a live show along with grindcore legends Anarchus, late speedmetal shredders Viogression, direct impingement high intensity death metal Nunslaughter, and grindcore vomitors Squash Bowels.
Perennial Warrior-Kings of True Heavy Metal MANOWAR have announced that their “long-awaited” upcoming (farewell?) album The Final Battle will be released this year, initially in the form of three separate EPs.