Monstrosity – The Passage Of Existence
Metal Blade Records, 2015
Working within an establishment genre presents a challenge to the musician: the major patterns are known, and the audience has been inundated with an abundance of bands who can play the style of the classics note-perfectly, meaning that musicians have to either add new aesthetics to attract a lot of fans, or play a subtle take on the older for those with some knowledge.
Tags: death metal, Heavy Metal, metalcore, monstrosity
Azazel – Witches Deny Holy Trinity (2015)
Black metal finally clarified traditionalism for me. There is an inner spirit to things, like a shape that unifies form, and then there is an outer appearance, which is more like material properties and methods. The inner spirit is how you assemble your mind to understand something and roughly how it fits into the broader pattern of the universe.
Tags: azazel, Black Metal, traditionalism
Queensrÿche plans to introduce its sixteenth (!) album, The Verdict, to the world on March 1, 2019, representatives announced today. Century Media will release this newest work which is “the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time” according to guitarist Michael Wilton.
Tags: Heavy Metal, progressive metal, queensrÿche
Former Psycho Survivors personnel, taking time out from that metal project to explore similar genres, created a new series of ambient soundscapes in the vein of Neptune Towers, Final, Moljebka Pvlse, and Tangerine Dream. These recordings emphasize a sense of desolation in which an organic chaos struggles to renew life.
Tags: Ambient, psycho survivors, the guest of mojing
Artists recovering from the downfall of black metal in 1995 faced a daunting challenge: how to keep aesthetically developing a genre that was based on primitive but elegant melodic and violent music, and how to expand its philosophy past its original primal, nihilistic, naturalistic, and anti-humanist roots.
Tags: Black Metal, sorcier des glaces, technical black metal
Manowar guitarist Karl Logan has been arrested in North Carolina for possession of child pornography:
Tags: child pornography, karl logan, manowar
As metal tries to reorganize itself, bands recombine previous styles, trying to find the right formula from which a next generation could be birthed. Such is the case with Blasphemous, which combines late-model slam-style death metal with power metal to make a listenable but ultimately rather simplified form of extreme metal.
Tags: blasphemous, death metal, metalcore, power metal, Speed Metal
Living in a dying age presents us with lugubrious entertainment that always boils down to a struggle for power. When everyone is equal, everyone also becomes an attention whore because the goal then is to rise above equality through utilitarianism (also called demotism) which rewards whoever gets the greatest number of votes, purchases, attaboys or “likes” on Faceplant.
Tags: absu, drama, melissa moore, transgenderism, vis crom
Grindcore reduces music to basic chromatic riffs which operate solely by pattern contrast in the changing of phrase and rhythm, making it one of those rare musical instances that creates a new “space” within music where other musicians do not deign to tread. This makes grindcore often resemble a kitchen sink: you turn on the tap, and grindcore pours out, about like all other grindcore.
Tags: gridlink, Grindcore, retortion terror
Notorious violent black metal band Sammath gained a fanbase among the black metal horde for refusing to tone down the intensity of black metal, and instead mixing it with elements of fast technical death metal to achieve an uncompromising sound. Following up on the epic Godless Arrogance, the band faces a massive challenge in exceeding what it has already achieved, but a new demo suggests that this Dutch-German black metal assault has done just that.
Tags: Black Metal, death metal, sammath, underground metal