Metal is facing a decisive moment in time. As a genre and an entire sub culture, it’s threatened with a massive flux of outsider interest into what was once an isolated community forged in passion. Metal was a cause for tight bonds among like minded disillusioned youth that wanted nothing to do with the status quo, a lawless free for all where no ideology or point of view was too extreme. Thus grew a voice to rally against the farce of mainstream politics, social acceptability, resolute contentment with mundane lifestyles and herd mentality. Though acts like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden were to find great success within the public large, they laid the groundwork for that rebel yell that gave the disgruntled youth the foundations for connecting with others so disconnected. And with such a ground roots movement that metal was, true artists and musicians who may have never have been given an opportunity to rise otherwise were now rising and exponentially so. Quickly NWOBHM became speed metal became death metal became black metal. Then, as with all great explosive cultural movements, metal began losing its traction and sight of its original goals of fighting against the mainstream culture of quantity over quality. But it is now that we see its greatest threat in its acceptance by the masses. Now it is being taken for a boutique exotic exploration into what most really don’t want to explore: cold unforgiving reality.
Tags: death metal, Deus Vult, extreme metal, funderground, lifestyle, metal, metal culture, polarization
Every year we are treated to an endless amount of ridiculous lists. It seems that any individual with the ability to express their opinions is obligated to share their Top 10 or top 20 metal releases that more often than not echo the same three websites. The bands that enter such lists tend to come in two varieties: veterans rehashing the same ideas in a more streamlined fashion and those who trick their audience via the use of gimmicks and presenting a familiar product with slightly different aesthetics as the next big thing. In these last two years, speed metal has conquered the number 1 spot of most of these lists. Last year Vektor’s Terminal Redux ruled the metal lists by far with it’s melody derived from Voivod and the phrasings from Destruction’s Eternal Devastation all held together in long sloppily composed epics… ultimately resulting in an above average album but a strong move for the funderground. This year, Texans Power Trip succeed in winning the “funderground 2017 award” with their second album Nightmare Logic. The Speed metal revival movement has finally found its idols to guide it’s path of remaining in the past and offering the most faithful reproduction of late 80s speed/thrash.
Tags: 2017, funderground, Hardcore, hipsters, power trip, Thrash
Funderground label Iron Conehead Productions is releasing a aptly named war metal demo called War Metal from a war metal band who christened themselves Goatkraft with a K.
Tags: compact cassette, crap, funderground, goatcraft, goatkraft, idiocy, iron bonehead, Iron Bonehead Productions, news, poseurs, scenesters, shills, shit, War Metal
A German poseur with a stick up his ass calling himself Memminger Huette emailed us a review he had written of Marduk‘s comical Panzer Division Marduk. I at first assumed his review was a parody of how mainstream rock publications write about metal but that soon proved not to be the case in the brief email exchange that followed between him and me. His emails are the ones quoted after the jump.
Tags: autism, black 'n roll, funderground, germany, Hate Mail, marduk, nazis, panzer division marduk, poseur, trends mosh core fun, War Metal
Norwegian speed metal band Aura Noir is touring the United States and Canada with their original lineup for the first time ever.
Tags: aura noir, beer metal, blast beat network, funderground, metal injection, news, Speed Metal, tour dates, upcoming tour, US tour
Muert are another one of those funderground bands pretending to play black metal.
Tags: 2017, beer metal, crossover thrash, funderground, hammerheart, hammerheart records, muert, posers, poseurs, rehash, review, thrash metal
To be a writer, if you are any good, is to be a blasphemer. Humanity is an entropy engine because each person decides on what view of the world makes them look the best, and so the constant weight pushing down on us is that of the herd, of a group of individuals united only by selfishness, come together into a mob for the purpose of asserting their right to be different and unique, constantly leading away from an understanding of the world around us and any meaning that can be found in it.
Tags: adolf hitler, AIDS, article, Black Metal, censorship, funderground, havohej, Heavy Metal, idiots, ildjarn, joseph stalin, lifestyle, meta, nietzsche, Nihilism, parliament, Philosophy, pipe tobacco, politics, Romanticism, samsara, sodom, sodomy, tobacco, yeast
Okoi Jones, guitarist and vocalist of Swiss black ‘n’ roll alternative rock band Bolzer, declared on the band’s Facebook page that he and Bolzer are in no way racists, sexists, fascists, or Nazis in response to Paul Resnikoff’s apparently libelous virtue signaling:
Tags: alternative rock, black 'n roll, Bolzer, censorship, crypto-indie, cultural marxism, digital music news, funderground, hipster bullshit, metalgate, news, okoi jones, paul resnikoff, sjws, trends mosh core fun
Grafjammer play crossover thrash with a black metal production on Koud Gemaakt.
Tags: beer metal, black 'n roll, Crossover, crossover thrash, funderground, grafjammer, pizza thrash, review, the netherlands, thrash metal, trends mosh core fun