Monthly Archives: September 2015

The aristocracy of Judas Priest

There has always been a regal touch to Judas Priest that has set them apart from every other heavy metal band in history, and it has persisted through their various stages; in their origins in the bell-bottom progressive rock of the … Continue reading

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The futility of seeking external validation

[Epicus Moronicus returns to talk about the zombie yes-people and why running after external validation is a waste of time] When you provide an incentive to do something, more often than not, there are takers. Then to further dissuade the opposite … Continue reading

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Extreme metal, old and new

Originally written for deathmetal.org A reader recently posted a comment asking my opinion on modern extreme metal bands like Teitanblood and Ascension. We often take it as an article of faith that modern metal is a fallen genre that parted … Continue reading

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Breaking free of Facebook

“Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” – Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice Social media like Facebook and Twitter is a cancer that threatens to devour our sense of bearing, grounding … Continue reading

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Disinterring the past: Gods Tower’s The Turns and noble heathenism

There is a home I live alone The storming waters in my pond Unbeaten tracks and endless road Since the creation of the world And I don’t pine for if I die And I don’t pine for if I lie … Continue reading

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Sacrocurse’s Unholier Master and the methods of modern black/death/war metal

Hearing Sacrocurse‘s Unholier Master is a conflicting experience. This album carries many of the trademarks that make the modern black/death/war camp a tired cliche, but it also contains some redeeming qualities that become evident after repeated listens. To put that … Continue reading

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Every metalhead’s sacred obligation

Round them up and shoot them all. Figuratively speaking, of course, but only because the literal alternative is too unrealistic. For now. Are they men or are they gutter vermin, these self-proclaimed defenders of propriety and civilized behaviour? Ganging up in … Continue reading

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A comparison of two classics: Dawn Of Possession vs Onward To Golgotha

Like two trains rushing past each other in opposite directions, the debuts of Immolation and Incantation found them closer in terms of sound than they would ever be again. Immolation would evolve significantly in the four years leading to Here In After, … Continue reading

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Plagiarizing, tribute, or concurrent inspirations?

While hearing Edge Of Sanity‘s The Spectral Sorrows, it became apparent to me that the brief guitar solo on ‘Across The Fields Of Forever’ shares more than a passing resemblance with the main vocal line of Uriah Heep‘s ‘July Morning’. They … Continue reading

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