black metal

Album Review: Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

One thing we rarely see in music is a band that knows when to hang it up. Virtually every band that we will ever love ends only after they have beaten the horse to death, tarnishing their good name with an extra decade of sub-par albums and tours. It's rare for anyone in a creative field to know when their talents are slipping, or to tell when the public no longer wants them around. Every musician who enjoys being on the stage has an ego complex to some degree, and with that comes a need for the spotlight, and an inability to give it up.

Album Review: Vintersorg - Naturbal

What makes folk metal interesting is how it is the unlikely union of two things that should not go together. Metal is hard, brash, and abrasive, while folk music is soft, acoustic, and introspective. Folk would be at the bottom of the list of other genres I would expect metal to ever be paired with, given the fundamental differences between them, and yet there is a healthy and thriving scene of folk metal bands that have managed to forge a connection between the two styles.

Album Review: Watain - The Wild hunt

In the spirit of honesty, I have a confession I must make; there has never been a black metal album I have enjoyed. While I can understand the mental state that leads to its creation, and the ethos is not philosophically unappealing, the actual music that falls under the banner has the same effect on me as fingernails streaking across a chalkboard (a sound that, ironically, does not bother me). I have tried listening to modern black metal, the 'classics', and random recommendations I've picked up in various places, but the end result is always the same.

Album Review: Erimha - Reign Through Immortality

At some point, we lost our collective minds. Obsessed with classifying everything, the amateur Linnaeus in us all has created a staggering matrix of labels we apply to the metal we listen to, to the point where describing a song can sometimes take longer than the actual track (and I wish I were making that up). By splitting the music into ever smaller pieces of understanding, we are able to better predict the likelihood of enjoying something before ever hearing a note, but we also reduce our exposure to new things, because we know exactly what we're getting.

Album Review: Lightning Swords Of Death - Baphometic Chaosium

Last year was a culture shock for a lot of people, as “50 Shades Of Gray” opened eyes to a world they had no idea existed. Luckily for them, words are a soft initiation into a world they won't be comfortable in. It amused me to see people who would never have thought of such things engrossed in a sado-masochistic fantasy. But then I had a thought; it's not much different than something I've encountered. There's a degree of romantic detachment and masochism that comes along with black metal, a scene I have never been able to understand.

Album Review: Brume d'Automne - Brume d'Automne

Psychology has taught us many things about the human condition, few of which can be applicable to an examination of a black metal album. However, there is one phenomenon that is worth considering. We've learned, through studies, that humans are better able to differentiate between members of their own ethnic/racial group than those of other backgrounds. Likewise, fans of black metal will have no problem identifying Brume D'Automne from every other similar band, and can point to the qualities that make them stand out as a unique entity.

Album Review: Desaster - "The Arts of Destruction"

To call German black metal band Desaster “veteran” is to not be nearly descriptive enough. Desaster, and by extension their iconically idiomatic misspelling, are veterans in the sense that Ray Bourque was a veteran when he finally won the Stanley Cup with Colorado. Desaster has toiled in obscurity, experienced the highs and lows of success and marginalization, the tumult of frequent and varied roster changes, the dedication of valued fans and the prosecution by those who fail to understand, and, in short, has been around the block.

Album Review: Behemoth - "Demonica"

Behemoth. A name that carries a lot of weight, and a lot of stigma in metal circles. Considered the fathers of the Polish death/black/extreme metal scene, Behemoth has been both the center of celebration and consternation for over two decades. Cited on a 2007 list by Polish officials of artists who allegedly promote murder and Satanism, Behemoth is no stranger to controversy.

Album Review: Winterus - "In Carbon Mysticism"

Hailing from oft-overlooked Kalamazoo, Michigan, the band originally known as The Ancient changed their name to Winterus and released this new full-length studio album, “In Carbon Mysticism.”

The album is an intriguing exploration of some of the farther corners of common territory between black and death metal. While not exactly revolutionary on either count, Winterus manages to cover a curious bit of ground through a combination of intricate layering and deceptively simple progressions.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday March 15th, 2011

I've never hidden my love for Norway. I've never been there but I assume it's mostly made up of Vikings and Black Metal fans running around in corpse paint. Well here's the trailer for the new zombie flick "Dark Souls" which is from the land of of the burning storm and it includes neither off these things but still looks pretty bad ass. And if you're wondering yes I did make up "land of the burning storm" and yes I will sue anyone who uses it.

With "Battle: Los Angeles" in the books producer Neal Moritz has his eye on a new film titled "Agent Ox". Nothing is finalized but apparently the script revolves around an spy who's sent to an alien world where he must top stop their invasion on Earth. After that he's going to do a movie about the aftermath of an alien invasion on earth and the trilogy will be complete!

Michelle Rodriguez looks to have signed up to join the cast of "The Home", a new film about a man who's put into a nursing home where all is not right after he is almost killed during a terrible accident. Not sure yet of what her role will be but if I was a betting man I'd guess angry girl with a heart of gold and just a touch of spiciness.

Shane Abbess will direct a new sci-fi mind f'er titled "7th Day" about a group that's sent into space to start a colony. The production company is calling this "The Shining" in outer space which is weird because I think Jack Nicholson is way too old to join the space program. I guess that's why they invented CGI though. "Here's johnny! In space!" Trademark, Joe.

In Real People News: 

Timothy Fattig is apparently a horror film maker but I can't find one damn movie he's worked on. I did find a story about the Arizona native being arrested after the decomposing body of his mother was found in his house though. So they might make a movie out of that. I know, I'm a glass half full kind of guy.

The recession is not over apparently because people are still being fired from their jobs and then showing up at the home of coworkers to stab them with a giant meat clever. Or maybe this is just a one time thing for a 24 year old in Arizona. I'd like to call it a trend though, those are fun. Like Nu-Metal!

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