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

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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