Let’s ruminate on the next generation: Death and Sepultura

And so we finally turn our attentions to artists who were directly influenced by the pedigree of the early and mid -1980s. Although the two releases we will be looking at here are pretty much contemporary to the classic works of Slayer, Celtic Frost, Bathory and, Sodom, this was now a younger generation of artists, … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the next generation: Death and Sepultura

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Let’s ruminate on those between two worlds: Testament and Destruction

Thrash can be a funny one. In one respect it was a harder, faster, heavier version of its heavy metal forbears. The lyrics covered heavier subjects. References to love and relationships were ditched. This urgent music stood on a soap box and assumed the coming apocalypse was nigh. A certain level of musicianship was demanded … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on those between two worlds: Testament and Destruction

Let’s ruminate on the primitive future: N.M.E. and Merciless

By the late 1980s the homogenous blob that was known as extreme metal was slowly coming apart, with journalists and commentators forming and moulding the separate camps that were to define the following decades. There were artists however, that still resisted this trend, and played a form of hard thrash still lacking certain features that … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the primitive future: N.M.E. and Merciless

Let’s ruminate on the real masters of thrash: Sadus and Coroner

Thrash is probably one of the heaviest forms of music to penetrate the mainstream psyche in any significant way. But this has so coloured the history of thrash that it tends to overstate the significance of artists like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and yes, even Slayer at times. The lesser known Teutonic scene defined by the … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the real masters of thrash: Sadus and Coroner

Ildjarn – The black sheep of black metal (a word on the namesake)

In order to build something new, sometimes it is necessary to destroy that which is old. If black metal destroyed the mores of production values, song structures, crumbs of appeal for the listener, then the work of Ildjarn was undoubtedly the logical conclusion to this project. Talentless hack to some, misunderstood genius to others (me), … Continue reading Ildjarn – The black sheep of black metal (a word on the namesake)

Let’s ruminate on the also-rans: Sarcofago and Blasphemy

In the 1980s heavy metal in all its weird and wonderful forms morphed into a genuinely international phenomenon. This was true of artists making inroads into mainstream charts and hearts, and of the underground movement, which propagated itself through tape-trading and word of mouth. Sarcofago, a little known metal outfit from Brazil were to gain … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the also-rans: Sarcofago and Blasphemy

And who will shape the legacy? Burzum and Decapitated: a case study

After a gruelling few months of speculation, all charges of rape and kidnapping against Decapitated have been dropped without prejudice. This means the case could be resurrected at any time if new evidence comes to light. The case never made it to trial, but the build up was set to a backdrop of sexual harassment scandals … Continue reading And who will shape the legacy? Burzum and Decapitated: a case study

Let’s ruminate on when thrash got subversive: Voivod and Carnivore

By the mid-1980s thrash metal had captured the hearts and minds of the metal community, it had established itself as a legitimate musical variation on heavy guitar music with many of the originators achieving legitimate mainstream success. The lyrics were typically obsessed with justice, comments on the threat of nuclear war and the coming apocalypse, … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on when thrash got subversive: Voivod and Carnivore