Let’s ruminate on the Swedish lords of death: Dismember and At the Gates

Following the rebirth of Swedish extreme metal in the form of Nihilist and Grotesque came a plethora of artists set to take the world by storm and pioneer a style of simple yet grandiose death metal that is still cherished today. Here, we discuss two of the best. At the Gates formed out of the … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the Swedish lords of death: Dismember and At the Gates

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Let’s ruminate on the industrial revolution: Godflesh and Sonic Violence

Metal has a long and proud history of cross-pollination with other subcultures, the oldest, closest, and most important being punk. When post punk exploded in the 1980s it sprouted something of a revolution in alternative music. Artists as diverse as Blondie, Joy Division, The Talking Heads, Swans, and The Fall all made headways in alternative … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the industrial revolution: Godflesh and Sonic Violence

Let’s ruminate on the land of hope and gory: Repulsion and Carcass

For early grindcore artists, after album number two, there seemed to be but two choices, start playing death metal, or breakup. Carcass have all but disowned their first effort, 1988's ‘Reek of Putrefaction’. This is largely because the sound one finds herein is a messy wall of noise, even by the standards of artists who … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the land of hope and gory: Repulsion and Carcass

Let’s ruminate on the keepers of the speed: Nuclear Assault and Powermad

These are the metalheads that wear trainers and tracksuit bottoms, not spikes and leather. These are the metalheads that smile. These are the metalheads that run from one side of the stage to the other when launching into a guitar solo. And these are the metalheads whose drummers spin their sticks around in their hands. … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on the keepers of the speed: Nuclear Assault and Powermad

Let’s ruminate on thrash-prog, prog-thrash(?): Watchtower and DBC

Considering these two artists approach technical thrash from very different backgrounds, they ended up playing a remarkably similar style by 1989. Montreal’s DBC were a thrash/crossover band, who only managed to release two albums in their career, but still left a lasting impression on the scene. After releasing their self-titled ‘Dead Brain Cells’ of 1987, … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on thrash-prog, prog-thrash(?): Watchtower and DBC

Political correctness and the art of causing offence

The sentence ‘I find that offensive’ means ‘ I don’t like it’. Recently this commonplace observation has morphed into an anti PC war-cry. Advocates of political correctness are accused of trying to create a world without offence. Of trying to manufacture a right to be free from offence. Of attempting to control a cold, unforgiving … Continue reading Political correctness and the art of causing offence