Adam Gadahn may turn al-Qaeda into a death metal band

At least, I hope he does. A few mainstream metal journalists have finally noticed that Adam Gadahn, now ascending in al-Qaeda thanks to the untimely assassination of Osama bin Laden, wrote about death metal back in the day:

DAMNATION – Volume Two (demo)
San Diego, California trio DAMNATION have been playing together since
late 1990, and Volume Two, their second effort (naturally), is a
professionally done, musically mature release that, unfortunately, is
lacking in the songwriting department. The two-song tape features rather
boring lyrics about insanity and nightmares, generic Sodom/Kreator style
thrash/death, and monotone Jorgen Sandstrom-style vocals. That said, the
songs do grow on you after a few listens, but I haven’t had the urge to
constantly replay them, as I did with, say, Timeghoul!! As I said, the
cassette is pro-packed and recorded, with excellent production (this is
the sound Timeghoul should have had) courtesy of a 24-track studio and a
great purple logo on the cover! Fans of Possessed and other early
Death/thrash will dig this.

GENERAL SURGERY – Necrology EP (Relapse)
Although this was recorded in November, 1990, this was only recently
released by Relapse Records. This is basically a Swedish “supergroup” of
death, featuring members of Dismember, Afflicted and Creamatory, plus
Exit-13. The 5 songs on this musically draw a lot from old Carcass, but
with a more direct, straight-forward feel and much better production
(courtesy of good ol’ reliable Sunlight Studios and good ol’ reliable Tomas
Skoksberg). Lyrically, the quote on the back cover pretty much sums it up:
“Murder is the only way to kill time”. “Severe Catatonia in Pathology” is
the sickest on the disk, with the happy overtones. Also the opening
instrumental “Ominous Lamentation” will be of interest. With nice
packaging and production, this is a worthy addition to any Death/Gore
metaller’s collection!

HELLBOUND – Apocalyptic Visions (demo ’92)
Although New York’s Hellbound call themselves a Death/thrash band,
I tend to disagree with that. To my ears, they sound more like a thrashier
version of Atheist or Sadus, possessing the prominent bass guitar &
screaming vocals, respectively, of those bands, but with the simpler, less
technical approach of bands like Vio-lence, D.R.I., or Exodus. Their
drummer, however, has his own very cool style that “demands to be
heard”! Amazing that this is their debut! Hellbound showcase their
professionality in both instruments & songwriting throughout the four
tunes on Apocalyptic Visions. The last two songs, “My Guilt is Silence”
and “Infernal Ecstasy”, absolutely rage!!! And the icing on the cake is the
stunning production – recorded on a 16-track machine, all instruments can
be heard clearly, with drums and bass shining through especially! Quite a
debut! HB should have a new demo out by the time you read this, but get
their brutal first effort by sending a blank tape and return postage

ENRAPTURED – 7 Song Demo ’92 (Demo)
This is actually a combination of the unreleased 5-song Reconstrued
Malfeasance demo and a new 2-song demo. Although the “Reconstrued”
tunes, recorded as a 4 piece (Tino Lesicco on drums/vocals, Pierce Totty
on Bass, Jason Smith on guitar and Justin Jones on guitar) and “included
as bonus tracks because of the poor sound quality”, the 2 newsies with 2
new members (Dan Stoops, vocals and David Smith, 2nd guitar) actually
have about the same sound and production. While Enraptured improved
their musicianship in the 4 months between recording “The Downfall of
Christianity” and “Abortion Consumed”, they show a decrease in
songwriting skill, The older tunes like “The Execration” and “Probe the
Flesh” contain headbangable Slayer/Carcass type riffs and deep, growly
Karl Willetts/Barney Greenway style vocals. The new tracks, however,
are generic highspeed Cannibal Corpse or Obituary-esque noise with
annoyingly loud vocals and incessant double bass drumming. My advice:
pick up this demo for the 5 excellent bonus tracks and ignore the 2 cheesy
commercial fag songs.

TIMEGHOUL – Tumultuous Travelings (demo)
Perhaps the best demo I’ve heard since I began listening to Death
Metal/Grindcore less than a year ago is Timeghoul’s debut 4-song,
Tumultuous Travelings. Mixing elements of Immolation, Cathedral, Brutal
Truth and Suffocation, this Foristell, Missouri quartet rage through “Rain-
wound”, “The Siege”, “Gutspawn”, & “Infinity Coda”, with unmatched
intensity and style. All the songs run over 5 minutes (“The Siege” is the
longest), and much variation is contained within. Drummer Tony Holman
can go from a high-speed “blast” beat, to a slow rhythm, and back to a
fast part in the blink of an eye! Jeff Hayden’s vocals are brutal but
different: Check out the singing part on “Siege” and the special FX on
“Infinity Coda”! The band’s instrumental ability is second to none, as are
their song writing skills, but this otherwise top-notch tape is marred by
bad sound. There’s much flutter and warble, and the volume is rather low.
With Timeghoul’s excellent musicianship, it’s a wonder that they haven’t
been signed yet!! So hey! If anyone from Earache or Relapse or whoever is
reading this, come on!! Pick up a pen and ink ’em right now! It would be a
shame if Timeghoul broke up before recording at least one album
professionally! But until then, we’ve got this masterpiece!

These are from Xenocide Zine, an old school death metal zine from 1992-1993 which featured many of the bands we regard today as the canon of death metal. Do you want to find out more about the origins of this music? Hit the Xenocide Zine page and check out their blasts from the past.

While you’re at it, you might be able to enjoy something new from the editor of that zine, Jon Konrath. He took his death metal fueled angst and criticism of modern society, and channeled it through a William S. Burroughs/David Foster Wallace/Neal Stephenson filter to come up with gonzo postmodern flash-fiction. You can read his latest novel, Rumored to Exist, in print or on your Kindle.

Konrath went on to write for Metal Curse, along with Vijay Prozak and other old schoolers. We wish Mr. Konrath luck in his literary career, especially since he crams more internal references to death metal lyrics into literature than anyone since… well, anyone. Not too many people write about the metal o’ death.

As for Mr. Gadahn, who is remembered fondly around here, we hope he takes over al-Qaeda and uses his new power to fight modern civilization. If Samuel Huntington is right, al-Qaeda is part of a “clash of civilizations” where those who want traditional society oppose the modern type of liberal democratic consumerist society, which death metal also seems to hate (with good cause: plastic trash is poison). This could give more people insight into what dissidents from Nietzsche to al-Qaeda are all about.

0 thoughts on “Adam Gadahn may turn al-Qaeda into a death metal band”

  1. Levy_Spearmen says:

    My anus is in support of the Terrorismâ„¢ organization, Al-Qaeda? For shame.

  2. Try to take life seriously...for once. says:


    I have a bone to pick with you

  3. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaat? Talk straight. What did I do?

  4. you should feel bad says:

    Why don’t you have a girlfriend?

    Oh, shit. Wait. I know. It’s because you’re a wreck, both mentally and physically, and emotionally stunted. You think you’re smarter and more intelligent than everyone around you, and therefore rationalize your own lack of success as a laughably absurd conspiracy theory wherein the world has passed you over because you’re somehow too edgy for the mainstream masses to understand.

    Or maybe you just tell yourself and others that you “don’t give a shit” in a desperate attempt to make it hurt less when you see yourself getting older, fatter, and more out of touch while those you look down on are adapting to suit the needs of the world, and learning their limitations while you childishly deny your own.

    Perhaps you have taken to telling yourself that women are only interested in “Alpha Males”, those that reside at the top of a scale that only you adhere to, and it is THIS rigid table of identity that is holding you back, and allowing society to pigeonhole you. Perhaps you tell yourself that people don’t share your very narrow range of hobbies and interests aren’t (or wouldn’t be) interested in you, and therefore do not even try to engage them. In actuality these are all mechanisms that allow you to blame your own failings on everyone around you, and project your own narrowminded perceptions onto society as a whole.

    You instead choose the easy option of sitting at your computer all day, shielded by the anonymity of the internet, screaming abuse and nitpicking the goals and achievements of your betters while arguing the tiniest deviation in the interests of your peers from your own with a startling lack of understanding and empathy. They are the only other people on Earth that you can relate to, and you hate them because they like slightly different things.

    Oh yeah. That’s why you don’t have a girlfriend. I forgot, for a moment.

  5. lol says:

    i have a girlfriend

  6. lol says:

    well a wife

  7. Levy_Spearmen says:

    I have a boyfriend.

  8. BOSS says:

    which button do I push again??

  9. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaat? Talk straight. Was that directed to me?

  10. Levy_Spearmen says:

    “screaming abuse and nitpicking the goals and achievements of your betters while arguing the tiniest deviation in the interests of your peers from your own with a startling lack of understanding and empathy. They are the only other people on Earth that you can relate to, and you hate them because they like slightly different things.”


  11. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Is everyone on this site a fucking faggit?

  12. Anderson Cooper 360° Gloryhole says:

    “Is everyone on this site a fucking faggit?”

    Yes, anus is gay.

  13. Levy_Spearmen says:

    To be a Hessian is to be homosexual. Understood.

  14. durf says:

    To be a Hessian is to be a white, entitled reactionary who only bids for controversy and pretends there’s a philosophical core of embracing natural beauty beneath it.

  15. Levy_Spearmen says:

    I live in Las Vegas, where the white solipsists form their own white village of individual castles in the foothills and every other degenerate who feeds off of this city of vice pollutes the valley where I am. I have no girlfriend or many friends at all because I do not want to hang out with the unintelligent mob who cannot figure out how to better their lives. Indeed the only intelligent people who are here are only so, because they do not have the desired resources to hop out of town right now. If I have to live here much longer without any means to rack up those US fun bucks, then I will simply ride my bike out of here and get a job where everything is not immediately decaying around me. Hurr durr, let us hope that economy gets back to functioning order.

  16. emotional reaction says:

    Tax the rich!!!!!

  17. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Yeah, but only for those solipsists who are probably sodomizing themselves up in the hills.

  18. Black revolution is rising in America while Muslims are taking over Europe, goodbye whitey your time is up says:

    I’m black and I have a white girlfriend. I know you racist crackers call me a nigger behind my back but it’s cool cuz I know you’re just a bitch. Your women know it too, that’s why so many of them are turning to black men. My white girlfriend complains to me all the time that white men are weak pathetic nerds and that she’s so happy to be with a black man now. She loves watching me work out and caressing my muscular body. She says she loves watching my big black body drip with sweat. And of course black dicks are bigger than white, she told me the first time we fucked it was like she lost her virginity for the second time.

    Anyway, I was wondering something. Why is it so hard for you honkeys to work out? All it takes is a few hours a day and after half a year you’ll be all pumped up. But oh no, you’d rather play videogames all day and do other nerd stuff like reading boring old books. And then you go blame the black man for your own inadequacies. But you know something? It ain’t our fault that so many black thugs are robbing and killing white people today. It ain’t even cuz of slavery. It’s simply cuz the modern white man is just a pussy and a failure at everything he does. And now blacks and muslims are gonna pass you by and leave your white cracker ass in the dirt where you belong. The future is ours and there’s nothing you can do to stop us.

    I’m gonna go work out again now. Sitting behind a computer for longer than 10 minutes makes me dizzy. Fucking letters are so small and shit.

  19. Rurik says:

    Here’s some real fucking warrior metal for your faggot asses: (Part I) (Part II)

  20. Internatio says:

    civ clash is an old lie. Ben Laden was killed in a luxury mansion in a city which is like Pakistan’s West Point -> all rulers are the same, tradi islamists and post-modern “western democrats” alike. I guess Gadahn is into silly gothish emo-metalcore now.

  21. Shaggy says:

    well,… i think Scooby Doo was a cool cartoon!

  22. White Power! says:

    What separates man from beast is our intellect not our ‘mussels’ or ‘muh dik’ you dumb nigger. A cheetah may run faster than be but it’s not my equal.

  23. White Power! says:

    **Me not be

    Typos are white power!

  24. White Power! says:

    White power is white power!

  25. White Power! says:

    White power is white power is white power!

  26. Black revolution is rising in America while Muslims are taking over Europe, goodbye whitey your time is up says:

    Sure mister “White Power” when you are confronted with a gang of mexicans who want to rob you and rape your girlfriend you’ll just outsmart them with your superior intellect! Btw asians have higher IQ’s than whiteys so you can’t even claim greater intelligence. In fact all you can claim is being a loser who lives in a trailer park and blame all your troubles on some invisible jewish conspiracy. Keep digging your own grave honkey, I’ll keep fucking your women!

  27. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Sorry White Power!, but blackey has a point. Whitey needs to fix himself before the final holocaust can be achieved. What whitey lacks in this video, smarts and brawn.

  28. lol says:

    Ever notice the World’s Strongest Man competitions are won by white guys whilst the nigger strongmen are just obese?

  29. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Yeah, bro, I watched that shit in HD last night. I saw one nigger, but he didn’t seem too obese. In fact, a lot of the white guys had chubby faces and big ol’ guts stickin’ out. Did you catch that Icelandic guy Petursson, man what a beast.

  30. Rod-knee-king says:

    Can’t we all just get along.

  31. Niggermania is for fags. says:

    WN = closeted/open homosexuality

  32. Pan-Nationalist says:

    Niggerland for the niggers!

  33. White supremacist gay says:

    I may be a homosexual faggot… but I would never suck a nigger dick.

  34. Death Metal Barf Metal says:

    It pains me that youth these days don’t appreciate the oldschool, or understand how different things were back then. Like this, this is some choice shit that epitomizes that spirit:

  35. Death Metal Black Metal says:

    Metal hit its peak in 1996, since then all we’ve had is poseurs rehashing past formulas and throwing in pan flutes and other hipster crap. This is good, though.

  36. jake the metal fan says:

    yo Im looking for some heavy ass 90s metal like rammstein anyone know any?

  37. kickin it oldschool says:

    Check out this audiovisual masterpiece.

  38. metal POWER! says:

    That riff at 1:40

    soooooo fucking badass.

  39. I just had to ask says:

    Levy_Spearmen is this you?

  40. Levy_Spearmen says:


  41. Levy_Spearmen says:,7743.105.html This is I. Keep an eye out for me.

    Anyways, does anyone know where I can view some actual death? Snuff films and such. I remember watching this movie called Faces, or Traces, I don’t remember, of Death, and it had stuff like people jumping out of building and bouncing off the pavement, Iranian homos getting shot to death, and a guy being torn apart by two jeeps tied to him. Any guidance would be appreciated and, please, no fake stuff, even if the acting is great.

  42. jumpdafuckoff says:

    Look up “Jumper”, it’s this documentary about people jumping off the golden gate bridge…. only the filmmaker actually filmed them doing it. For realsies. One of them looked like a sad, pathetic metalvirgin, lol. That’ll be your fate if you keep listening to your brainrotting cacophonous garbage.

  43. Charles Schuldiner says:

    Whoops it’s actually called “The Bridge”.

    Hope this sets a better example for you than Glen Benton and Pete Sandoval.

  44. Cargast says:

    Man, Scandinavia pretty much takes the cake when it comes to World’s Strongest Man (37 places over five countries). Marius Pudzianowski is a badass, too (7 wins). Europe is the strongest.

  45. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Yeah, man, Nordic stongmen! ROOOOAAARRRRRRRRRRR! HEY, CHARLES, FUCK YOU!

  46. Chuck Schuldiner says:

    I’d be glad to fuck you, but I heard you were mainly into dogs nowadays, Levy.

  47. Levy_Spearmen says:

    Chuck is a bitch and he is sad that he is a bitch, so he tries to pretend that he is not a bitch, but he is a bitch. You just cannot beat my logic. You wish you could, but you cannot.

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