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Speed Metal or Thrash Metal? Relic or relevant?

A gradual and systematic initiation into various metal styles – by circumstance more than intention – has ensured that I have never lost affection for older, simpler stylings. That affection doesn’t quite extend to newer bands attempting those old forms; … Continue reading

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A thought on counterpoint: works with black metal, not so much with death metal

Counterpoint in music is two or more competing voices in the same general musical space. Counterpoint is not the simple parallel harmonies practiced by the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest; these are essentially the same sequence of notes, … Continue reading

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Underground extreme metal should have always stayed lo-fi

While hearing the early Nuclear Death recordings today morning, I couldn’t help thinking that underground death metal and black metal should have always remained lo-fidelity in presentation and production. That Nuclear Death specialized in somewhat sloppy, grindcore-fused death metal may lead one … Continue reading

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What do we want from black metal?

It’s a question to which I have no conclusive answer. What makes it more perplexing is that the other branches of metal, namely traditional heavy metal and death metal, face no such indecisiveness. Traditional heavy metal revolves around the song … Continue reading

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A request to metal bands

I have a humble request to make of metal bands, both old and new, being held ransom by the PC brigade. Do not attempt to justify your actions or your words before this effete demographic. That demographic is not the … Continue reading

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Social Justice Pornography

It is hard to believe that any one person can be up in arms against social injustice, wherever it may be happening, all of their time, with complete sincerity. Individual spheres of concern stop applying beyond a certain radii; within … Continue reading

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The fight of old and new

It seems with time that the one great divide among people is that between the old and the new. Science, perhaps, is the sole human endeavour where linear, unmitigated, and peer-reviewed, progress for the sake of an abstract ideal of truth … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Gorguts’ The Erosion Of Sanity vs Atrocity’s Todessehnsucht

   Impressionistic appraisal: Gorguts’ The Erosion Of Sanity (1993) A Dan Seagrave drawing depicts H.R. Giger’s varmints in some kind of interdimensional, cubist snapshot, transposed on a familiarly dystopian landscape. Seagrave’s canon is the stuff of death metal legend, forming … Continue reading

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Synchronicity, melancholy pessimism, and a wonderful life

I was sifting through Dark Horizon Records’ Summer Solstice sale some time ago, and came across a copy of Czech spazz-grind band Melancholy Pessimism‘s 1999 album Inconsistent World going for $3. I’ve had the CD for a long time, but it … Continue reading

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Blues, Metal, and SJW outrage

A namby-pamby SJW from Bangalore, India, recently went on an ad hominem tirade against the perceived rejection of African-American blues as a founding element of heavy metal by a certain fringe, right-wing element. The accusation in all likelihood was aimed at Death … Continue reading

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