Listening to the new Queens of the Stone Age album ‘Villains’, it is apparent that a desire for exhibiting the so called virtues of ‘progression’ and ‘musical exploration into new and uncharted waters’ has - for these musicians - completely taken the helm from the more traditional catalyst of creativity: the undefinable artistic impulse behind … Continue reading Developing yourself is largely a waste of time
Our young hearts are born with grief, And we have paid the penalty of truth, A season, of our stolen youth, Shall teach old hearts to break Between the years 1845 and 1852 some 2 million Irish people left Ireland in search of a better life abroad. The chief motivation for this mass displacement of people was intolerable … Continue reading The Coffin Ships
Rammstein’s Mutter was essentially the sound track to my mid-teens. It rarely left my stereo. For the Kerrang! TV generation they were something of a staple. The interesting thing about them as a popular phenomenon is the same line many of the more metallic industrial bands must walk. Too metallic for goths and cyber-goths, too … Continue reading Rammstein, Godflesh, success, and legacy
NokturnalMortum and The Ruins of Beverast both released an album this year. Beyond that there’s not much connection between the two outfits other than their status as masters of post 2000 European black metal. The Ruins of Beverast have been releasing material fairly consistently both chronologically and qualitatively over the past few years. Starting with … Continue reading Two independent organisms, one suppurating deformity
If the noughties were an album, 2000 would be a meandering opener, a directionless ambient track lightly seasoned with dread, it would be entitled ‘intro’, or ‘prelude’, or ‘prologue’, 2001 would be the big opener that really draws the listener in and sets the tone for the remainder of the record to come. 2004 and … Continue reading People are pretty strange these days, and why I don’t review
So I guess it's time to say a thing or two about alcohol. One thing that distinguished heavy metal and its offshoots in the late 1970s and early 80s from its fellow counter-cultures was the departure from human centred themes in the lyrics. Metal was not the first nor the only form of contemporary music … Continue reading Thirsty and Miserable
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