Monthly Archives: May 2015

Going places through hearing: Africa, Northern Winds, and Necropolis

The wild dogs cry out in the night As they grow restless longing for some solitary company I know that I must do what’s right Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti Words, visual art, and music, all … Continue reading

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For Whom The Bell Tolls: Metallica and Hemingway

In 1984, Metallica released their best work in Ride The Lightning, a heavy/speed metal colossus till then unparalleled in mood and ambition. Within a year of a classic, genre-setting but somewhat precocious debut, genuinely awesome inspiration tapped the band on its collective backs, … Continue reading

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Metal multiculturalism and 5 kinds of metalheads

This now-old study finds that metal listeners exhibit symptoms of low self-esteem. While any such observation is vulnerable to accusations of convenient stereotyping, it is even more so prone considering the intensely polarizing, internecine nature of heavy metal as a style and genre … Continue reading

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Rituals Of A Blasphemer – Mors Inumbratus Supra Spiritus (2014)

Rituals Of A Blasphemer‘s main achievement on their debut is introducing significant tonal variation that travels the gamut, from pastoral, forest-at-night themed melodies to the sinister, low-frequency hugging characterized by the more primitive segment within black metal. What’s even more impressive is … Continue reading

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Anal Blasphemy/Forbidden Eye – The Perverse Worship Of Satanic Sins (2014)

Distracting cover art notwithstanding, this split offers a potent blend of first and second wave black metal swimming in high gain. Eschewing modern fetishes for tinkering dissonance, both bands largely adhere to traditional black metal harmonies, with Anal Blasphemy coming … Continue reading

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Absolute metal: The initial premise

[This is Part 1 in what hopefully turns into a longer series of posts on related topics. There are mostly questions to be found here but interested readers can leave feedback and/or examples of metal that transcends its ideological constraints] … Continue reading

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Genocide shrines – Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil (2015)

“…The problem is you view everything from your reclusive sit-in-a-room-and-comment perspective, and don’t take into account scene-specific demographics and also the need for bands to keep a certain type of sound alive…. Genocide Shrines very successfully channels the sound of … Continue reading

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Heavy metal band Albatross release Fear From The Skies

Bombay-based heavy metal band Albatross have released their debut full-length Fear From The Skies. The two songs posted on label Transcending Obscurity show a polished, modern power metal aesthetic with elegant solos and operatic, if at times annoyingly screechy, vocals. As heard on previous … Continue reading

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Shamanism, ego-killing, comedowns, and life after metal

In old times, witch doctors held very real prominence for their tribes, in stark contrast with the curious indulgence with which they are regarded today. They were the arbiters between the clan and the spirit world, using their esoteric knowledge of … Continue reading

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