The best metal music for cooking

November 27, 2014 –

Like many of our American readers, the Hessians around here will be sitting down to eat a huge meal tomorrow and then unceremoniously lose consciousness in a tryptophan coma before rallying for dessert and shooting guns at the moon. But before we can eat, we must cook, which leads to the topic of metal for…

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Gorement – The Ending Quest

November 26, 2014 –

Gorement could send a thank-you letter to Amorphis and the funeral doom movement for popularizing its riffs over the years, since despite a large amount of raw promise this release was never going anywhere. The Ending Quest is like a book of ideas, raw riffs of great potential floating in a background of poor ideas…

Tags: ,

Cóndor announces new album Duin will be released January 27, 2015

South American death metal and progressive band Cóndor will release its second album, Duin, on January 27. This band takes an approach more like that of classical guitarists toward melding death metal with progressive rock, blues, folk and other influences: it mixes them in serially and adopts them within the style, rather than hybridizing the…

Tags: , , ,

Heavy metal as an extension of the Romantic movement

November 24, 2014 –

Yesterday’s post on Romanticism reminded me of how long the Death Metal Underground has been making the comparison between Romanticism and heavy metal. The Heavy Metal FAQ has mentioned this association since its formulation in the early 1990s, but before that, it was written on the early versions of this website. We continue to write…

Tags: , , ,

Metal as Romanticism

November 23, 2014 –

Romanticism defined resistance to social pressures in the post-Enlightenment world, but also caved to the pressure to accept the fundamental ideals of that earlier era. Where the Enlightenment placed emphasis on individual choice and emotion, so did the Romantics, although they tempered this with a strong attachment to ancient values and the ruined forms of…

Tags: , , ,

Robert Walser Running With the Devil re-editioned

One of the first-wave works of heavy metal academia will see a new edition in the coming weeks as Robert Walser Running With the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music sees a re-issue with an expanded introduction by Harris M. Berger, co-editor of Metal Rules the Globe. While its research focus is…

Tags: , ,

Metal has nothing to fear from Tiny Doo arrest

November 22, 2014 –

A rapper in LA gets indicted on murder charges just for the cover of his rap album. That is what the headlines scream, and among the metal community and its media some are comparing this even to previous onslaughts of music-related censorship like the PMRC days. That is not the case. The metal media likes…

Tags: , , , ,

Isten zine compilation Isten Fanzine: Don’t Break the Ghost released December 12, 2014

November 20, 2014 –

Svart Records will release a compilation of Isten zine from 1984-2014 on December 12, 2014. Entitled Isten Fanzine: Don’t Break the Ghost, the anthology will be published in hardcover and contain 800 pages of all things published and unpublished by Isten during those years. Isten creator Mikko Mattila, who began the zine in his hometown…

Tags: , , ,

Forward into the past

November 19, 2014 –

Revolver published its list of metal bands who define the future of metal, and naturally people are a bit taken aback. The dominant trend on the list: metal bands that look like 90s bands who play with more distortion. They come in several types: Marilyn Manson style hard rock goth, lite-jazz merged with Dream Theater…

Tags: , , , ,

Manilla Road – Out of the Abyss re-issued

November 18, 2014 –

Shadow Kingdom Records will reissue the seventh album from Wichita, Kansas, band Manilla Road, entitled Out of the Abyss on January 13, 2015. Originally release in 1988, this album shows the band in both fully-developed and archetypal form. Death metal fans coming late to this album may note how it is a prime example of…

Tags: , ,