Welcome to that odd point, thirty years after the genre formed, when your favorite music has become if not universally socially accepted at least recognized as part of the landscape, which means that you, too, can go to expensive festivals in far-off urban wastelands.
Tags: concert, live, mass destruction, metalfest
It’s that time of year again. Celebrate the International Day of Slayer (a riff on the National Day of Prayer) by blasting Slayer loud all day and all night with a new live set and 1983 demo from Slayer for download.
Tags: National Day of Slayer, slayer
Exploring a modern side of metal that keeps one foot in the past, the latest Pestilence will draw comparisons to Testimony of the Ancients, but to my mind goes back to Malleus Maleficarum even more, balanced with metalcore, progressive metal, and jazz fusion.
Tags: metalcore, pestilence, Speed Metal
Listening to the review queue, it strikes me how few bands write songs with any unifying patterns to them. Most piece together riffs around a form, like those paper cut-outs seamstresses use to make dresses, and when it all seems to work, cut tape and call it a day.
Tags: assault, Melodic Death Metal, Speed Metal
Ornate funeral doom metal band Skepticism announced the release of their sixth full-length album, Companion, via Svart Records on September 24, 2021. The first single, “Calla,” indicates a more lush symphonic approach perhaps influenced by Empyrium.
Tags: Doom Metal, skepticism
Classic flowing black metal band Graveland has returned, modifying their swing toward folkish soundtrack metal with more rigid, hardcore-style riffs in idenfiably metal songs spanning the black metal, death metal, and heavy metal genres.
Tags: Black Metal, graveland
Ambient death metal band Desecresy recently released three teaser tracks, presumably from an upcoming album. These show the band venturing into some indie rock technique while attempting to dominate it with death metal structure and aesthetics.
Tags: death metal, desecresy
Excoriating black metal band Sammath has unleashed a new crop of patches for your kutte or battle jacket, or maybe the sails on your yacht; these can be found from the Sammath direct merchandising site.
Tags: Black Metal, merch, sammath
Today in our studies of entropy, we look at how humans in groups motivated by self-interest will tear down anything good. As a case for study, Wormwood Nattarvet shows us how cruft and the desire to be unique leads to a reversion to the mean, in this case the 70s rock from which black metal distantly emerged.
Tags: Black Metal, easy listening, wormwood
Longstanding death metal band Pestilence, attempting to hybridize its musical core through the vision of Patrick Mameli with a new generation of metal, has released the first track from its upcoming album Exitium named “Morbvs Propagationem.”
Tags: death metal, pestilence