Monthly Archives: August 2015

Empowering heavy metal songs

Non-extreme, traditional heavy metal is a curious beast in that it relies on a mix of accessible musicality and recognizable vocal-lyrical patterns to communicate feeling. But even while doing so, it doesn’t quite degenerate into what is commonly thought of … Continue reading

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Albatross – Fear From The Skies (2015)

Fear From The Skies is a slow-burning and strangely interesting debut album from heavy metal band Albatross. This band’s focus has always been on telling a cogent story through music, in the tradition of its chief influence King Diamond. Unsurprisingly then, songs … Continue reading

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Self righteous metal journos peddle personal agendas

There are a few extra-stylistic qualities that I believe should be a part of someone who writes about heavy metal: Honesty and courage: Every sane person knows just why he thinks a particular way. The difficult part lies in confronting … Continue reading

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Chupacabra – The Abject (2015)

Chupacabra‘s debut The Abject is not a metal album and would undoubtedly be better written about by more knowledgeable, well-rounded music fans but the point of this post is to expose this strange, underground project to a hopefully wider audience. … Continue reading

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Iron Maiden release first video single from new album

Legendary NWOBHM band Iron Maiden have released the obligatory video single from their upcoming album The Book Of Souls. Retaining the blue-collar ethic of recent singles like ‘Wicker Man‘, ‘Rainmaker‘, and ‘Wildest Dreams‘, this is a pleasant listen in the moment … Continue reading

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The need for caste

The more one observes people – and maybe this pertains specifically to my country of birth – the more obvious it seems that there has to be a caste system of some sort. Nobody is perfect, but I look around at … Continue reading

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Kaeck – Stormkult (2015)

Kaeck‘s Stormkult is a bonafide black metal blitzkrieg but some of the more intriguing questions it poses exist on a level external to what’s heard on record. Emotions mature over time; hate and discontent of the mind in particular are gradually … Continue reading

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Cult Of Fire – Ascetic Meditation Of Death (2013)

The sitar is not a guitar but Cult Of Fire betray their hand by using it as just such on the very first song on Ascetic Meditation Of Death. Blasting strains of black metal – though let it be stated in … Continue reading

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Style over substance and a belated take on Bölzer’s Aura

Have you ever noticed the kind of person that thinks they are being revolutionary by distorting long-held conventions in the most mundane and transparent of ways? As a specific example, they might frame certain words or pronouns differently; they might use “it” … Continue reading

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Rights

[Someone, somewhere said that they ‘had the right’ to be entitled to so and so…] Rights are artificial, social constructs. You have rights only as long as you exist inside society. There is no such thing as a right to live … Continue reading

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