The oxymoron of English black metal, and the lessons of USBM

Why did the UK never witness an enduring black metal scene? It’s a question nearly as old as black metal itself. And one that continues to be asked despite this particular hole being filled with a suspiciously Cradle of Filth shaped peg. But looking past fingers of blame, the fact that the UK never established … Continue reading The oxymoron of English black metal, and the lessons of USBM

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Ordo Cultum Serpentis, Szary Wilk, Druadan Forest/Old Sorcery

Ordo Cultum Serpentis: Derej Najash (2021) An extreme metal album with lavish ambient interludes is a fairly common thing. But what if someone came along and flipped this on its head? Why not write dark ambient music with the occasional foray into the metallic territory? As banal as such an endeavour sounds, there are many … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Ordo Cultum Serpentis, Szary Wilk, Druadan Forest/Old Sorcery

El Negro Metal Interview Mefitis (Pendath and Vatha)

Deepest gratitude to El Negro Metal for allowing Hate Meditations to publish the English language version of this interview with Mefitis. You can find the original version of the interview here, along with other great articles on underground metal. On the release of their brand new album 'Offscourings', Pendath and Vartha of Mefitis have been … Continue reading El Negro Metal Interview Mefitis (Pendath and Vatha)

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Amon Acid, Upon the Altar, Nathr

Amon Acid: Paradigm Shift (2021) From Hate Meditations’ hometown of Leeds comes the debut LP from Amon Acid. To call ‘Paradigm Shift’ an amalgamation of Hawkwind and Electric Wizard would be simultaneously a great disservice yet entirely true. In the literal sense, Amon Acid have taken the slow, brooding doom of Electric Wizard, which rooted … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Amon Acid, Upon the Altar, Nathr

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Kjeld, Pestis Cultus, Perihelion Gnosis

Kjeld: Ofstan (2021) Dutch black metal seems to consistently offer a tight hammer blow of audial experiences that are at once rich with melody yet bound along with near infectious aggression. Kjeld are no exception in this regard. Their latest LP ‘Ofstan’ offers hyper-fast black metal constructed of forceful, upfront riffing contrasted with moments of … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Kjeld, Pestis Cultus, Perihelion Gnosis

I like the beats and I like the yelling: StarGazer, Caedes Cruenta, Tedio

StarGazer: Psychic Secretions (2020) The latter-day saints of progressive extreme metal (those that have achieved some semblance of artistic success) tend to thread an understated needle between competing styles. I’m thinking of the likes of Norway’s Execration, Sweden’s now defunct Morbus Chron (Sweven doesn’t count), and Australia’s StarGazer, whose latest album sounds more like the … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: StarGazer, Caedes Cruenta, Tedio

Yorkshire doom and Mersey gloom: Anathema and Solstice

Yorkshire – and the North of England in general – is a fitting setting for melodic and gothic doom metal to have gained a foothold. Land of the perpetually downtrodden, self-assured yet hard done by. Boasting many proud cities that still embody the drab spectre of England’s industrial past. But also the gateway to the … Continue reading Yorkshire doom and Mersey gloom: Anathema and Solstice

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Dipygus, Hopelessness, Vermineux

Dipygus: Bushmeat (2021) “Dipygus is a severe congenital deformity where the body axis forks left and right partway along the torso with the posterior end (pelvis and legs) duplicated.” If nothing else, death metal fandom will expand your vocabulary. Following in goregrind’s proud tradition of obscure medical terminology and the lengthy samples popularised by Impetigo … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Dipygus, Hopelessness, Vermineux

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Temple of Abraxas, 景湖白, Aethyrick

Temple of Abraxas: MCMXXXI (2021) My curiosity for just how exactly Sleepwalker was going to follow up 2019’s ‘Temples Forlorn’ has finally been satisfied. That album presented unique challenges for the onward trajectory of the project known as Temple of Abraxas for a number of reasons. The most obvious being the intangible route to originality … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Temple of Abraxas, 景湖白, Aethyrick