Monthly Archives: May 2016

In a casteist society like India, caste influences metal

The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools –Thucydides Perhaps the most identifiable characters of Indian metal are pusillanimity of sound and attitude. Sycophancy is ingrained in the Indian … Continue reading

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Zealotry – The Last Witness (2016)

Not too long ago, I wrote a post on Gorgut‘s seminal album Obscura. In it, I suggested that Gorguts, in their almost painful need to innovate, stretched the metal envelope to the point of outright rupture. It is a position … Continue reading

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2066 And Then: Krautrock that saw twelve years into metal’s future

Noble metal hessians, gather your history books and tear them asunder, for 2066 And Then will challenge accepted genre narratives! Well, don’t go so far as all that; it is after all only the one song ‘Autumn‘ and a brief … Continue reading

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Balls to the wall

I’m back from work. It’s been a long day but what day at work isn’t, even when it isn’t? I make more than enough money for the bare essentials, I deliver what is expected of me on the job, but … Continue reading

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Thematic development: Three songs by The Chasm, Deathevokation, and Zealotry

Zealotry‘s latest album The Last Witness closes with ‘Silence‘, a song that instantly draws comparisons with Deathevokation‘s ‘As My Soul Gazes Skywards‘ from their lone full-length The Chalice Of Ages, and even further back in time, with ‘Confessions And A … Continue reading

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Childhood’s End, inspiration for the new Zealotry album

“The horizon draws close with frightening haste to suffocate us with the weight of our self-destructive legacy” In an ideal world, a metal album would be enjoyed on the levels of both music and lyric. Both aspects would reinforce each … Continue reading

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Is metal traditional, modern, or postmodern?

If we consider tradition as conforming to the accumulated wisdom of ages past, and modernism as the questioning and frequent renouncing of that same wisdom, then it becomes self-evident that heavy metal occupies a strange, chameleon-like, shape-shifting position between the … Continue reading

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In praise of The Chasm

We spurn that which lies under our nose but don’t know its value until it’s gone. It has always seemed a little bemusing to me that The Chasm‘s credentials have been open to debate; not because debate is bad but because the … Continue reading

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