Two independent organisms, one suppurating deformity

NokturnalMortum and The Ruins of Beverast both released an album this year. Beyond that there’s not much connection between the two outfits other than their status as masters of post 2000 European black metal. The Ruins of Beverast have been releasing material fairly consistently both chronologically and qualitatively over the past few years. Starting with … Continue reading Two independent organisms, one suppurating deformity

People are pretty strange these days, and why I don’t review

If the noughties were an album, 2000 would be a meandering opener, a directionless ambient track lightly seasoned with dread, it would be entitled ‘intro’, or ‘prelude’, or ‘prologue’, 2001 would be the big opener that really draws the listener in and sets the tone for the remainder of the record to come. 2004 and … Continue reading People are pretty strange these days, and why I don’t review

In defence of stupidity in black metal, a tedious and roundabout justification for my love of the music made by people you should hate

In order to survive in the day to day, we possess a wealth of behavioural norms carefully cultivated to navigate the complex world of the civilian. To engross oneself in the world of metal is to temporarily take leave of these things. Part of the point of subcultures is their offer of an alternative and … Continue reading In defence of stupidity in black metal, a tedious and roundabout justification for my love of the music made by people you should hate

The insistent ignobility of fun finds nobility through the lens of black metal?

Conventionally conceived, fun is a life affirming disposition that takes hold of people when partaking in certain activities, it is associated with smiling, laughing, socialising, colour, activity, and sharing. Black metal is a subset of extreme metal music, dark, fast, depressive, atmospheric, preoccupied with the occult, sometimes satanic, sometimes pagan, unlike its cousin death metal … Continue reading The insistent ignobility of fun finds nobility through the lens of black metal?

Positive Discrimination and Heavy Metal, absurdity or requirement?

Given the recent meditations I have been posting on race and gender I feel the need to redress the balance in the wake of unashamedly apologist pieces for the culturally backward elements in heavy metal. For all my suggestions that extreme metal is just one of those things that exists in a different context to … Continue reading Positive Discrimination and Heavy Metal, absurdity or requirement?