One thing that distinguished heavy metal and its offshoots in the late 1970s and early 80s was the departure from human centred themes in the lyrics. Metal was not the first nor the only form of contemporary music to do this, but it is interesting that across all of metal’s subsets some or all of … Continue reading Alcohol
In order to survive in the day to day, we possess a wealth of behavioural norms carefully cultivated to navigate the complex world of the civilian. To engross oneself in the world of metal is to temporarily take leave of these things. Part of the point of subcultures is their offer of an alternative and … Continue reading In defence of stupidity in black metal, a tedious and roundabout justification for my love of the music made by people you should hate
Conventionally conceived, fun is a life affirming disposition that takes hold of people when partaking in certain activities, it is associated with smiling, laughing, socialising, colour, activity, and sharing. Black metal is a subset of extreme metal music, dark, fast, depressive, atmospheric, preoccupied with the occult, sometimes satanic, sometimes pagan, unlike its cousin death metal … Continue reading The insistent ignobility of fun finds nobility through the lens of black metal?
Given the recent meditations I have been posting on race and gender I feel the need to redress the balance in the wake of unashamedly apologist pieces for the culturally backward elements in heavy metal. For all my suggestions that extreme metal is just one of those things that exists in a different context to … Continue reading Positive Discrimination and Heavy Metal, absurdity or requirement?
For all the writing and argumentation Prozak produced justifying the music he loved and the music he hated, the notion that if the music is that good it should speak for itself never really entered his head, or was never articulated. To contradict this now I’m going to drop some names and descriptions for a … Continue reading Growing up in the ANUS part 2, further listening
For people of my generation, our coming of age coincided with that of the internet, so the inevitability of us defining much of our identity and perception of the world as teenagers through this medium was grimly predictable by the late 1990s. Throughout my development as a human unit, I was unfortunate enough to come … Continue reading Growing up in the ANUS
Sonic travellers in the age bracket of around 25 to 35 have witnessed something of a revolution in music consumption as they journeyed through adolescence. Through vinyl to CD, through the first revolution of file sharing, the Napster vs Metallica battle, through to the revival of illegal file sharing sites and the failed attempts by … Continue reading Sustainability as a prudential ethical requirement, metalheads and the magpie mentality, the enduring popularity of the minidisc player
In this meditation I move beyond my brief as a heavy metal rhetorician. If you have been out on the streets in the past few weeks expressing your views on Trump, the EU, the NHS, signing petitions, and drenching social media in opinions, then you’ve taken part in an aspect of democracy. However, in doing … Continue reading Labour: join for Corbyn, stay for what remains the best hope for repairing the madness and the damage done.
Ozzy even told us part way through the set that a lot of people don’t believe that this will be Black Sabbath’s final tour. Given that it’s something of a running joke among many of their contemporaries who seem to be in a perpetual state of final touring, I almost shared the same cynicism until … Continue reading Black Sabbath, Leeds Arena, 26/01/217
For many of us, it’s time to catch up with the times and wake up to certain facts about gender fluidity, the gender you are assigned at birth is not necessarily the one you identify as. This is nothing new for those of you who have engaged in recent history, and as the debate gains … Continue reading Gender Politics and Heavy Metal