Prize offcuts: Raate and Verdunkeln

Hate Meditations’ quest to document the lesser trodden corridors of extreme metal’s history enters its fifth year. Since 2017 we have been selecting two albums to run over to the lab each week for further analysis. Pairings are based on similarity of style and/or era; once the findings are rigorously peer reviewed they are published. … Continue reading Prize offcuts: Raate and Verdunkeln

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Vitriolic Sage, Demoniac, Writhing

Vitriolic Sage: Enlightenment (2020) The current crop of black metal acts emerging from China seem to be marked by a committed grimness (before the word took on its present cliché meme fodder status), but supplementing these darker immersive tendencies with an overarching fragility worked into the melodic tendencies. The debut EP from China’s Vitriolic Sage … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Vitriolic Sage, Demoniac, Writhing

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Uncertainty Principle, Tsalal, Grimcult

Uncertainty Principle: Sonic Terror (out 5th February 2021 on Xenoglossy Productions) Uncertainty Principle are a long running and mightily prolific industrial/drone/doom/noise outfit with a new album in the pipeline for February 2021; the significant beast of a work entitled ‘Sonic Terror’. As the basket of genre tags suggests, digesting this album is a venture not … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Uncertainty Principle, Tsalal, Grimcult

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Abigor, Valravn, Engulfed

Abigor: Totschläger (A Saintslayer's Songbook) (2020) There was a time when laboured artistic premeditation was the preserve of older acts, whose image and intentions were already deeply embedded in the minds of their fanbase. Beholden to the axioms of expansion, the next statement would have to be bigger, more ambitious, more novel, more thought-through than … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Abigor, Valravn, Engulfed

I’ll have a burger and riffsalad please: Massacra and Protector

Death thrash? Thrash death? Even my pedantry has its limits. If we’re talking in terms of pure extremity, then these artists exist at the borders of thrash, at least philosophically if not in actual output. There’s no quirky dissonance, the drums are sticking with straightforward bursts of energy that rely on their relentlessness over anything … Continue reading I’ll have a burger and riffsalad please: Massacra and Protector

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Mongrel’s Cross, Black Death Cult, Negative or Nothing

Mongrel’s Cross: Arcana, Scrying and Revelation (2020) Brisbane’s Mongrel’s Cross return for a third LP in the form of ‘Arcana, Scrying and Revelation’, and – following the unceremonious dissolution of Absu – Proscriptor McGovern has joined the party for want of employment, offering his unmistakable vocal talents to the fray. And what – I hear … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Mongrel’s Cross, Black Death Cult, Negative or Nothing

I like the beats and I like the yelling: Tempestarii, Sainte Marie des Loups, Cryptic Shift/Replicant/Inoculation/Astral Tomb

Tempestarii: Chaos at Feast (2020) Black metal as sentimentality; it’s probably one of the pivotal shifts in philosophy from the ‘old’ to the ‘new’ school that has determined the creative decisions of each ethos. But of the old school, the techniques and traditions that set it apart from other forms of metal always did lend … Continue reading I like the beats and I like the yelling: Tempestarii, Sainte Marie des Loups, Cryptic Shift/Replicant/Inoculation/Astral Tomb

Immolation: metal’s Faustian bargain with consumerism

Among counter cultures, metal has always been something of an enigma. Staunchly isolationist. Relentlessly oblivious (and sometimes outright hostile) to the ebbs and flows of the outside world. Yet conversely replete with complex codes of conduct, contested lore, and hidden shibboleths. For these reasons and more, its relationship to wider cultural and historical trends is … Continue reading Immolation: metal’s Faustian bargain with consumerism

I have liked the beats and I have liked the yelling: end of year roundup

The initial motiviation for taking a look at back at 2010 recently was part personal retropsect, part aversion to the relentless best-of lists we are pounded with at the end of the year. The sense of finality they encourage not only limits our horizons, but discourages deeper dives into recent history. Tens years is not … Continue reading I have liked the beats and I have liked the yelling: end of year roundup