Amebix always had something that other crust bands lacked, a sense of the mystical or something existing beyond the consumerist, political, atomized, and individualistic modern world. It seemed to be connecting to something both ancient and futuristic.
Tags: amebix, crustcore, Hardcore Punk, Heavy Metal, Industrial, tau cross
Trendy albums age poorly, but those written for eternity tend to maintain their stature even as people gain more experience and cynicism over the years. Finis Malorum stands up to time with a new edition that includes the “Sedes Impiorum” demo, two covers, and an early track.
Tags: Black Metal, death metal, sacramentum
This EP could serve as a demonstration of the futility of postmodernism and pluralism, since riffs from hard rock, speed metal, death metal, and progressive rock happily coexist in these songs, but with each pulling in its own direction, songs have no center and tend to ramble between moments of clarity before drifting away.
Tags: carcass, hard rock
Metal finds itself adrift between major movements, having perfected itself with black metal, especially as the genre re-incorporated death metal influences. Morons took that back into rock with “technical death metal” and “post-metal,” and the underground retaliated by becoming hardcore punk with “war metal.”
Tags: death metal, gravfraktal
Something like war metal happens to your genre when the innovators create a framework and then the herd rushes in to make its own versions of the new music, coincidentally making it sound like everything else since that is the music that panders to herd tastes. “Post-metal” is basically emo, and war metal is the counter-revolution.
Tags: trenchant, War Metal
Many of us missed an entire generation of metal because millennials came after the rise of hip-hop and rap-influenced acts like nü-metal and Pantera, so it was almost an entirely different genre. At the core of deathcore like Human Mass Extermination beats a heart of groove, and with it, the influence of rap/rock on death metal and grindcore.
Tags: deathcore, human mass extermination
Sometimes a single example of a genre reveals something of the genre, perhaps without intending to, which may be the case of Fleshcraft, a metalcore band with the usual buzzword of blackened death and technical death metal that reveals its core to be old-fashioned heavy metal.
Tags: fleshcraft, metalcore
Varathron burst into black metal as an outsider, playing Mercyful Fate inspired black metal melodies at a doom metal pace, but never understood what made them appreciated, which was the intense sense of a descending mood with possibility around each corner that this album evoked.
Tags: Black Metal, varathron
Macanudo cigars were mysterious and expensive to the Greatest Generation, sought after by Boomers, and for the rest of us, now appear in grocery stores in sealed packs in addition to showing up everywhere else. At this point, they seem more a starter cigar, middle-of-the-road vanilla flavor and low strength.
Tags: cigar, cigar tobacco, inspirado, macanudo
Entering the already crowded field of doom metal, Void Rot take a minimalist version of the glacial Skepticism or Thergothon approach and add a little more death metal and some of the post-rock open chord picking that gives atmosphere, creating a grating monolith of slowly moving sound which varies motifs as a form of texture.
Tags: Doom Metal, void rot