Let’s ruminate on the originators of speed: D.R.I. and Discharge

Listening to classic thrash metal of the mid 1980s, it becomes apparent that it really had more in common with punk artists like D.R.I. than it did with the heavy metal of the previous decade. The aggression, the speed, the atonal riffs formed exclusively from power chords with frantic structureless soloing, the socially conscious lyrics, … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the originators of speed: D.R.I. and Discharge

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Let’s ruminate on the coming black rainbow: Mercyful Fate and Sodom

By the mid-1980s heavy metal had become a legitimate global phenomena, and like any other counter culture, when its appeal stretches too far, it simply becomes culture. At this point there was a clear distinction between heavy metal artists who made no secret of their aim to garner as much fandom as possible - the … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the coming black rainbow: Mercyful Fate and Sodom

A speculative preach part 2: reaffirming first principles

The sexual harassment scandals have caused many an artistic bloodline to end, it is far from over I have been trying to make sense of this mess by attempting to divorce masculinity from the actions of criminals and the culture that shelters them from retribution: there is a difference between masculinity, manhood, male, and using … Continue reading A speculative preach part 2: reaffirming first principles

Let’s ruminate on punk’s coming of age: Killing Joke and Amebix

If the original explosion of punk in 1977 gave NWOBHM a renewed energy and zeal, then the punk-plus versions that followed in the form of thrash and hardcore punk from both sides of the Atlantic would prove to be an essential element in crafting extreme metal of the 1980s. Add the hyper speed and aggression … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on punk’s coming of age: Killing Joke and Amebix

Let’s ruminate on the funnys: Venom and Witchfinder General

The year is 1982. Heavy metal has taken over the world, Iron Maiden are about to blossom into the well-oiled global touring machine we know and love today. The original impetuous of punk may have run out of steam, but the music and ideas have morphed into new and unexpected forms; from post punk, to … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the funnys: Venom and Witchfinder General

A speculative preach to a choir of men: how far do our responsibilities extend?

Decapitated, Weinstein, Trump: a set of ill timed coincidences or the last cry of a dying age? Angry women are talking, internet trolls circle the wagons, the world looks on in outrage. Are things getting worse or simply more visible? Funny as it is to mock the bruised egos of individual men desperately clinging to … Continue reading A speculative preach to a choir of men: how far do our responsibilities extend?

Let’s ruminate on Heavy Metal’s coming of age: Angel Witch and Cirith Ungol

By 1980 some interesting developments had occurred, developments that were to prove to be essential for heavy metal to stay relevant and fresh into the new decade. The most important external factor was punk. I often view the punk movement as a catalyst of sorts. Whatever value it held in its own right, as protest … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on Heavy Metal’s coming of age: Angel Witch and Cirith Ungol

Let’s ruminate on some classics: Sabbath and Priest

In recent months the temptation to do a self-indulgent top 100 list has become overwhelming. The problem with lists is that they either become a musical biography of the writer, based mostly on albums that were significant to them at the time with anecdotal tales related to the music, the appeal of which depends completely … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on some classics: Sabbath and Priest