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Black Metal History Month Reviews

Essential Black Metal Reading: Black Metal Evolution of the Cult

Posted by | February 2, 2015

ach person has his or her own way of delving into an art form. For me, books and documentaries have a colorizing effect on certain genres. This is the effect that British author Dayal Patterson’s book, Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, had on me. Being introduced to Mayhem, Emperor and Darkthrone more than ten years ago, I’ve always had an appreciation for the music, along with a set of favorite albums, songs and artists from the black metal set. But my mind had lacked the level of intricate detail on the web of inspiration that brought all the artists together.

| February 2, 2015
Reviews

Album Review: BLOODTRUTH Obediance

Posted by | October 1, 2014

To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what angle to take in this review. Do I try a purely fair assessment of Bloodtruth’s abilities in the realm of brain-splitting technical death metal? Or do I view them through the lens that I can’t help but see it through: I’ve simply heard so much metal like this already.

| October 1, 2014
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Album Review: KRIEG Transient

Posted by | September 3, 2014

If your band is going to experiment with a particular sound, to see where it can go and to what lengths it can be stretched, it still must contain the original vision. If the piece of music aims to inspire listeners over the long term, it cannot simply be an affectation of “weirdness” and snobbish obscurity. In the case of a band like Krieg, there may be various levels of experimentation bordering on “post-metal” territory, but the band still retains the spirit of black metal at its core: raw, chaotic, grim, evil.

| September 3, 2014