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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Metal Academia"...sounds like

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:17 am    Post subject: Best Underground Metal of 2013 Reply with quote



This is like those top 10-20 albums lists that float around, but we don't count by number, only by quality. There was some amazing stuff this year, and it basically floated right past the mainstream and underground media without most of them noticing. Since it's great music, you should hear about it, but you'll have to click on over to our...

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Underground Metal of 2013 Reply with quote

Conservationist wrote:


This is like those top 10-20 albums lists that float around, but we don't count by number, only by quality. There was some amazing stuff this year, and it basically floated right past the mainstream and underground media without most of them noticing. Since it's great music, you should hear about it, but you'll have to click on over to our...

Best Underground Metal of 2013 by Death Metal Underground

Thanks for making us aware of masterpieces like Sôl austan, Mâni vestan... shame you didn't notice the obvious speed metal inspirations on that one. This underground masterpiece won't get noticed by the sheep mentality crowd blinded by the likes of CdG, which you thankfully expose.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Underground Metal of 2013 Reply with quote

nileppez wrote:

Thanks for making us aware of masterpieces like Sôl austan, Mâni vestan...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw that new Von made the list and closed the page immediately.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Underground Metal of 2013 Reply with quote

nileppez wrote:

Thanks for making us aware of masterpieces like Sôl austan, Mâni vestan... shame you didn't notice the obvious speed metal inspirations on that one. This underground masterpiece won't get noticed by the sheep mentality crowd blinded by the likes of CdG, which you thankfully expose.


You are completely correct. I was totally blinded by Henbane - because it is a fucking killer album - and paid no attention whatsoever to the pile of new age horseshit that is the latest Burzum abortion. That fucking record belongs in stores that sell spirit crystals and patchouli deodorant.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Best Underground Metal of 2013 Reply with quote

GoldenBull wrote:
nileppez wrote:

Thanks for making us aware of masterpieces like Sôl austan, Mâni vestan... shame you didn't notice the obvious speed metal inspirations on that one. This underground masterpiece won't get noticed by the sheep mentality crowd blinded by the likes of CdG, which you thankfully expose.


You are completely correct. I was totally blinded by Henbane - because it is a fucking killer album - and paid no attention whatsoever to the pile of new age horseshit that is the latest Burzum abortion. That fucking record belongs in stores that sell spirit crystals and patchouli deodorant.


Couldn't have put it better myself.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Death Metal Underground
Christmas Newsletter 12/16-12/25
Because Metal Is Art




The return of reviews and opinion in metal

The problem with dreams is that when they are achieved, the dream is no more. Life is about the chase, not the catch. This doubly applies to metal once it got social acceptance.

During the 1980s and 1990s in everywhere but Scandinavia, to be metal was to identify yourself as a kind of social reject. It was equal parts nerdly and menacingly rootless at a time when stable suburban living and office jobs were the only acceptable future.

Sometime in the late 1990s however metal was discovered as a form of natural resource. This resource is not renewable and hard to locate. It is hipness: a combination of authenticity, rebellion, transgression and the kind of personality that makes a character in a novel appealing.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/the-return-of-reviews-and-opinion-in-metal/


Various Artists – A Day of Death 1990

The Glorious Times team recorded the “A Day of Death” concert from 1990 and made it available as a free download in MP3 or FLAC format. Basically an abridged version of the show, A Day of Death 1990 shows founders of the underground at their best.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/various-artists-a-day-of-death-1990/


Heaviness, the epic and masculinity

In conversation with Martin Jacobsen, the topic of “heaviness” came up. What is heavy? Why is the term applied to metal? This question in many ways defines why it’s so hard to understand what metal is, much less describe it.

From my experience, metal is a spirit that leads to an approach. It’s not dissimilar to classical, where a certain attitude toward life, spirituality and culture leads to a form of music complete with its complexity and techniques. Nor is it all that different from martial arts, where a specific outlook leads to some near-universal shared characteristics.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/heaviness-the-epic-and-masculinity/


Derogatory – Above All Else

Derogatory returns to the oldest form of death metal which is the fast and muscular rushing tremolo-picked phrasal riffs that Slayer, Morbid Angel, Massacra, Mortuary and Sepultura made famous. Much like those earlier acts, Derogatory creates a rhythmically compelling work in Above All Else that adds depth through the contrast in riff phrase and the sensations those evoke.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/derogatory-above-all-else/


Grindcore: origins of a genre

Very few people have any idea what grindcore means at this point because of the high degree of crossover between grindcore and death metal. Not just one way, but both: grind bands becoming deathy in the Napalm Death style, and death metal bands becoming grindy as happened from Suffocation onward.

But what was grindcore? History might show us that punk and metal were birthed in the early 1970s and spend the next three decades crossing over. This resembles a quarter-century negotiation as to what aspects of each to keep in the hybrid with the other. Early hybrids included speed metal, which used uptempo punk rhythms, and thrash, which combined metal riffs with punk songs. Grindcore was a logical extension of thrash.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/grindcore-origins-of-a-genre/


Interview with Dan Huddleston from House of Atreus

Coming from the Arghoslent/Sacriphyx school of rock-based melodic death metal, Minneapolis’ House of Atreus offers a metal experience for those who might prefer a bit less total extremity in the music.

Receiving media coverage from No Clean Singing and Zero Tolerance magazine, among others, the band has raised itself in the public eye. Not bad for a bunch of guys who named their band after a Virgin Steele album.

Curious about this oddball band, writer Kevin Ord went in greater depth to get the story about House of Atreus, its rock/metal hybrid style, and the path it is taking to get recognized in the underground.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-with-dan-huddleston-from-house-of-atreus/


Sadistic Metal Reviews 12-21-13

What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? We think heavy metal has artistic value. Advertisers want heavy metal to be the token rebellion of future generations of consumers. We have truth and cruelty on our side, but they’ve got the money. Read between the screams for the rare non-failures…

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/sadistic-metal-reviews-12-21-13/


The hipster invasion of heavy metal

In the 1980s, the term “poseur” or “poser” was used to near-death by people trying to describe those who were involved with the music simply to make themselves look cool.

In the 1990s, we had “scenesters” who were people who hung around a musical scene to use it as a justification for their lifestyle. If someone questioned their lack of success or purpose in life, they pointed to the “scene” that they were part of.

And now, as the hands of time have run down further, we have hipsters: people who use music as a form of lifestyle adornment to explain why their life is better than yours. Generally they do this from a position of outsiderness, and by proving to be more obscure in their tastes than you, make you look like a herd-sheep in contrast.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/the-hipster-invasion-of-heavy-metal/


Goatcraft at Anti-Christ Mass XV


Lonegoat played a fifty-minute uninterrupted set that combined themes from the first two Goatcraft albums with a heavy degree of intense showmanship and sonic manipulation that is closer to what a noise band like Zeni Geva or an electro-acoustic act would do. The hammering technique utilizes the sonic properties of not just the keyboard but the hall itself because so many notes in rapid succession create an echo effect that produces a wave of sound sweeping over the listener. Sitting and sometimes standing, the demoniacal musician played the crowd by sweeping from high notes to low, from quiet to loud, and from the elegant melodies that comprise the inner core of his works to the pounding near-chaos that obliterates all other thoughts from its listeners minds.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/goatcraft-at-anti-christ-mass-xv/


Blood – Live in Speyer

To love grindcore is to love the genre “as you find it.” That is, it doesn’t make sense to go around wishing why there isn’t more progressive symphonic grindcore with world music influences. Grindcore is grindcore.

There’s plenty of room within that genre however. The only rules are brutal punk/metal fusion chromatic riffing and a certain spirit that keeps intensity high and doesn’t deviate into either holiday carols or life-affirming waiting room jazz.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/blood-live-in-speyer/


Best of 2013

I used to loathe end-of-year lists. They struck me as a pointless chance to advertise what should have been obvious before. Over the years they have risen in my estimation as a way not only to mark the year, but to bring up the gold that gets lost in the chaos of everyday life. And yes, they’re also shopping lists for the metalhead in your life.

This year our list is surprising even to hardened cynics. At a time when metal is bragging up and down the Williamsburg alleys about how “innovative” and “ground-breaking” it is, that novelty turns out to be the remnants of the 1980s: emo, pop punk, shoegaze and indie. The real innovation is as always underground, because to get out of the hive mind one must first remove oneself from participation in normalcy.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/best-of-2013/


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Death Metal Underground
Newsletter 12/26-1/5
Because Metal Is Art



War Master – Blood Dawn

War Master attempt to create a new form of the classic death metal and grindcore that defined the underground metal period. Taking their name from a Bolt Thrower song, the band might be expected to sound like that august act, but the truth is more nuanced. War Master make a language of their own from pieces of the past.

This language can be confusing because many of these pieces of the past are recognizable, although never entire songs, so that War Master tend to pair an old riff archetype with a new riff of their own creation, or use song structure or aesthetic ideas but apply them with new forms. As a result, parts of this are immediately recognizable and it takes some moments to mentally integrate the past with the current version of the same form.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/war-master-blood-dawn/


Carbonized – Demo Collection

The Swedish grindcore band Carbonized came from an era when metal was still defining itself, and grew up alongside the more intense death metal acts which were putting Sweden on the map. Carbonized remains somewhat less known because the band embraced weirdness and unconventionality in everything it did, which makes for great art but not a conveniently wrapped-up listening experience.

Through three classic albums — For the Security, Disharmonization, and Screaming Machines — Carbonized put its mark on the death metal and grindcore underground by using outrageous technique and converting ideas from other genres into their metal equivalents. While in too “raw” of a form on the Carbonized releases, these ideas were picked up by other bands in more easily digestible forms and thus made their way into the core of those genres.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/carbonized-demo-collection/


Instrumental metal: an idea whose time has come

When Burzum released Hvis Lyset Tar Oss in 1994, underground metal was forever split. This album featured longer songs where concept was closely intertwined with song structure, and riff shape defined by mood. It both made undone past paradigms and raised the bar.

After that point, black metal and death metal deflated. The initial rise of ideas created in reaction to outrage at a dying civilization was gone, and nothing else propelled the genre forward, so it fell into self-imitation based on outward traits. Further, few bands could handle the raised bar, so it was “explained away” in social circles and the music tended toward the more primitive, not less.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/instrumental-metal-an-idea-whose-time-has-come/


Lethal Prayer – Spiritual Decay

I used to move around a lot when I was a young adult (perhaps I still am young compared to some of the other more seasoned writers at DMU). Shortly before I moved to Tampa, Florida I was acquainted with a band from Pennsylvania called Lethal Prayer, which was like a mixture of Acheron and Incantation influences with a Dissection-esque undertone. Lead guitarist Belial Koblak also relocated to Tampa and gave me CDs of each of his projects. I grew keen to Lethal Prayer because of the era that it was from and the mentality that’s behind it.

Spiritual Decay was self-released in 1996 by Koblak’s Decaying Filth Music which issued most of his recordings and demos. The album comprises straightforward early 1990s death metal with competent musicianship. Koblak makes good use of his classical influences to present interesting ideas which might’ve been unorthodox in the death metal period when Spiritual Decay was released.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/lethal-prayer-spiritual-decay/


Codex Obscurum – Issue Three

The third edition of contemporary old school print zine Codex Obscurum brings vast improvements to this already-promising zine. Under the guidance of editor Kevin Ord, Codex Obscurum has improved its readability, positioned its content for an in-depth view of the metal scene, become more consistent about its most important sections and added experimental content that expands what we think of metal zines.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/codex-obscurum-issue-three/


Remember the first doom metal bonanza

Does anyone remember Morgion? They had a reunion a few years ago, and it seemed to peak interest for a month and then vanish. That’s a far cry from how it was in the late 1990s when Morgion was considered the future of metal.

Morgion was atmospheric heavy metal styled doom metal, or basically Black Sabbathy stuff with a little death metal technique and a lot of keyboards. Death metal had just burnt out, and the labels needed something new to fire out the cannons. As a result, the first doom metal boom was born.

This boom died of course because the real public discovered black metal exactly five years past its point of relevance, and suddenly it was quite popular and everyone had to have a black metal band. But before that, the labels and magazines had been casting about for something to call the future. No one wants to admit the best days are behind, but for all things, the day comes when that is true.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/remember-the-first-doom-metal-bonanza/


Death Metal Epic I: The Inverted Katabasis by Dean Swinford

The intersection of death metal and fiction has so far remained fairly murky. Part of this is because writing fiction about death metal is hard and has a tiny audience, where writing fiction that mimics death metal is downright impossible and will send us all scurrying back to our Lovecraft and Poe.

However, Dr. Dean Swinford has given this one a shot with his book Death Metal Epic I: The Inverted Katabasis. In occult circles, the term katabasis takes on a new meaning of a descent into hell or an occult world beneath this one. Death Metal Epic I: The Inverted Katabasis describes an early 1990s death metaller dealing with the collapse of his technical melodic Tampa death metal band, and his rebirth first through an alternate musical avenue, and next through his induction into the extreme black metal underworld.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/death-metal-epic-i-the-inverted-katabasis-by-dean-swinford/


Is rock ‘n’ roll assimilating metal?

Metal interviews are like connecting violent minds to an amplifier. The musician is given a chance to speak plainly, and rewarded for saying something outlandish enough to make a headline. It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire.

Much as “in vino veritas” describes how drunk people often accidentally blurt out the truth, interviews often get the essential thoughts out of musicians. Tired, often doing multiple interviews in a day, musicians are apt to cut to the chase. Further, since they’ve been working that part of the brain that makes language, they’re often at their clearest several interviews into the process.

Thus it’s not sensible to either discount interviews, or to wholly accept them without being critical. But recent comments by Nominon drummer Per Karlsson highlight why metal interviews will always be popular — the offhanded, casual and yet direct blurting of truth...

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/is-rock-n-roll-assimilating-metal/

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Grave Miasma – Odori Sepulcorum. I have wallpaper. It’s named “It’s 1991 again and you can rediscover things you believed in once again.” It sounds like a mishmash of 1990s era death metal and yet, because it’s wallpaper, it never comes to a point. It just creates an atmosphere.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Death Metal Underground
Newsletter 1/6-1/12
Because Metal Is Art



Various Artists – Servants of Chaos (Debemur Morti Productions)

SMR-style reviews of a interesting compilation from Debemur Morti productions in which we cut through the advertising and give you the truth.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/various-artists-servants-of-chaos-debemur-morti-productions/


Rotten – Cryptic Catacombs

Death metal in its heyday achieved an atmosphere: an impending sense of demise from impersonal forces beyond the listener’s control. Technique was used to achieve this, but mechanical dexterity was not the end objective of an album – which is where many modern death metal bands go astray. This, coupled with crystal-clear production, often creates a product which evokes no sensation beyond being pummeled with a digital baseball bat. Fortunately, the real “underground resistance” against this monstrosity still exists.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/rotten-cryptic-catacombs/


Assück – Anticapital

Grindcore requires some magic to pull off convincingly in the first place, but it’s doubly hard because 95% of grindcore bands confuse music and message in importance. Grindcore is music first, message second. When the message comes first, grindcore becomes an incoherent advertising campaign, not art.

Assück’s strength is that they do not let the messages of the songs (which are often from a leftist angle) eclipse the power of their music. The music is the most important thing here. The first album from Florida’s purveyors of supreme grindcore is also their definitive work.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/assuck-anticapital/


— / Dawning – Split

Preposterous Creations put out a split between reclusive act — and by their own description, long-standing but frequently interrupted American band Dawning, who re-recorded their signature song “Divine Arrival of the Massive Hoof.” The result makes for interesting listening and aims to be obscure and withdrawn, which for the most part enhances the experience.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/dawning-split/


Shakira (feat. Wyclef Jean) – “Hips Don’t Lie”

Every now and then, even the most cynical of metal writers loses a bet.

We who toil in darkness and expect no reward because we consider pop music to be the incoherent rantings of a egomaniac egalitarian society gone amok, despite our misgivings, must sometimes venture to the above-ground world to see what the majority listen to.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/shakira-feat-wyclef-jean-hips-dont-lie/


Massacre reveals track listing for Back From Beyond

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/massacre-reveals-track-listing-for-back-from-beyond/


Mortuary Drape – All The Witches Dance

Mortuary Drape resembles Emperor in its focus on the more bombastic elements of black metal. Mortuary Drape takes a more heavy metal flavored take on the genre, similar to Root or Master’s Hammer.

The speed metal influenced riffing which dominates most of this album lends further credence to that comparison. The mix is unusual for the time as well, in that it de­emphasizes the guitars in favor of the bass and vocals. Guitars are still present, but thinner than one would expect from speed metal and not trebly enough to make one think of black metal.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/mortuary-drape-all-the-witches-dance/


Interview with Dr. Martin Jacobsen who teaches “Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre”

Over the four decades that heavy metal has been with us, people in responsible positions in society have gradually become more accepting of it as an art form and a message from its fanbase.

Such acceptance could not exist without people like Dr. Martin Jacobsen, who by teaching a class on heavy metal as literature has introduced academics to the depth and richness of this genre.

For the past semester, Dr. Jacobsen has been teaching “Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre” at WTAMU, where he introduces students to the literary and artistic aspects of heavy metal. In addition, he writes for Death Metal Underground and is a world-recognized expert in death metal who is active in his local death metal scene.

Jacobsen has returned to teach another semester of the class, which seems to be attracting more students as word of it spreads. We were able to follow up on our first interview with Professor Jacobsen to get a feel for what has changed between the years.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-with-dr-martin-jacobsen-who-teaches-heavy-metal-as-a-literary-genre/


Sammath – Godless Arrogance pre-orders shipping now

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/sammath-godless-arrogance-pre-orders-shipping-now/


Fan kills black metal singer for not being Satanic enough

I’m going to hell for this, but it’s an observation, not a recommendation: black metal was a lot better when it was the Wild West, with bodies cropping up everywhere, churches aflame, and musicians stockpiling paramilitary gear.

Then it got all civilized — about the same time it became sociable and profitable — and immediately descended to the same repetitive and soulless level as all other music that has been socially accepted.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/fan-kills-black-metal-singer-for-not-being-satanic-enough/


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...I do find some of the 'sadistic' reviews quite amusing...
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Death Metal Underground
Newsletter 1/13-1/19
Because Metal Is Art



Sadistic Metal Reviews 01-12-14

What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? Music is art when it has something to say, entertainment when it’s distracting. Since none of us have infinite time, we pick the best and strongest music we can and mock the rest. The path to true metal is littered with sweet, sweet poseur tears and the occasional gem of non-failure, a secret delight for the wary traveler…

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/sadistic-metal-reviews-01-12-14/


Interview with Steve Cefala (Dawning)

Welcome to the strange and protean world of Steve Cefala, black/doom metal musician, MMA fighter, former adult entertainment actor, and now, the force behind the returning Dawning and its unique brand of slow melodic metal with horror movie keyboards.

Dawning was born in 1996 at the hands of Mr. Cefala and a close cadre of collaborators. Dormant for many years, but never forgotten, the band was resurrected with the – – –/Dawning split that showcased a classic song for the band and gave it new arrangement and orchestration.

We were lucky to catch up with Mr. Cefala between his many high-energy ventures and get in a few words about the split, the history of Dawning, and its future both as band and concept.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-with-steve-cefala-dawning/


Agonized – Gods…

Not every band from the frozen north aimed for melodic and energetic interpretations of death metal; many, like fellow Finns Belial or the Swedes in Obscurity, chose instead to write grinding cudgels of primitive bass noise that sounded like a winter avalanche of the soul overtaking all hope. Agonized created a six-song demo in this vein and sadly were lost to time after that point.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/agonized-gods/


Narcotic Wasteland – “Shackles of Sobriety”

Nile guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade has unveiled his new project Narcotic Wasteland with the debut of their self-titled album today and the release of a sample song, “Shackles of Sobriety.”

Based on this song, it’s clear the album comes from the modern metal camp and not the death metal camp. It starts with an impressive melodic metal introduction, then drops into the trademark of modern metal, which is Pantera-influenced vocals leading the guitars, reversing the classic death metal formula. Thus most of what you hear is vocal rhythm with guitar keeping constant texture on the backdrop, not guitar leading and vocals filling in secondary texture as all the best death metal bands did.

This creates a “rant effect” which makes me want to scream “Are you talkin’ to me?” at the screen.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/narcotic-wasteland-shackles-of-sobriety/


Interview with Joe Gonzalez (Cruxiter)

To those who have watched metal for some time, it presents a paradox. To the public, it seems like a railroad, where a line of cars stops and then we see what is in each, one at a time. To an experienced watcher, it more resembles an ocean, with currents swirling below and influenced by air above, and periodically the crest of a wave emerges before being dragged down by the rest, obliterated and recycled.

One of the warmer undercurrents in the metal ocean is “true metal,” which is that which stays true to the solid line of evolution leading from metal’s origin. As part of this movement, bands across the globe are continuing to make music that we associate with earlier decades, except that it’s newly created and generated from a contemporary impulse if not contemporary influences. Cruxiter, a Texas heavy metal/guitar rock band, is part of this movement.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-with-joe-gonzalez-cruxiter/


The funderground evaporates and metal goes underground

Blue skied days make me think of aliens landing amongst us like in the old science fiction films. Except this time, the aliens are disappointed in what they find. “We have analyzed your transmissions,” the vocoded digi-translator says. “We are hoping to contact the people of Aurelius, Plato, Nietzsche and the first Morbid Angel album.”

Sadly there is no one here who can help them. The old Romans are dead, the ancient Greeks long gone, even the days when philosophers wrote about real topics are over, and Morbid Angel have ventured on to different goals and styles. If the aliens came looking for old school death metal, they’d find themselves presented with over a million options, very few of which resembled the glory of what once was.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/the-funderground-evaporates-and-metal-goes-underground/


Haven in Shadows – “Legend of the Wolf” and “Moments of Honour”

Rather than the more exoteric approach favored by other bands, these releases attempt to answer the question posed by the original wave of black metal: “What have we forgotten and how can we recall it?” Meditative at heart, this is something lost within the current generation of black metal and is worth rediscovering again.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/haven-in-shadows-legend-of-the-wolf-and-moments-of-honour/


Morfin – Inoculation

Morfin emerge from the potent musical texture of the late 1980s and the transitional era between speed metal and death metal where Sepultura, Destruction, Kreator and Sadus ruled the day. This period was known for its tendency to wrap up a diverse influences under a speed/death banner and make music that straddled the genres, which often produced a potent ferment of riffcraft but left songwriting behind as it tried to balance many diverse elements in the same band.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/morfin-inoculation/


Oration of Disorder reviews 01-19-14

What’s an oration of disorder? What most people think of as “order” consists in telling other people what they want to hear and then manipulating them. That’s how you sell them products. But the selling of products is the opposite of what art and listeners need, which is a harsh voice to tell us the truth.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/oration-of-disorder-reviews-01-19-14/


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Death Metal Underground
Newsletter 1/20-1/27
Because Metal Is Art



Interview with Dom from MetalRecusants.com

Online resources for metal pose a problem. On one hand, smaller entities tend to dry up and blow away as their members move on in life and get tired of paying hosting. On the other, large centralized resources are quickly gamed by industry and dominating by small in-groups. Thus the post-modern metalhead always has an eye out for new resources.

A recent entrant in this field is Metal Recusants, a semi-unorthodox site known for its wise-ass reviews and scathing commentary on the metal scene. We were fortunate to be able to get in some words with Dom, head reviewer and site founder, on his activity and the appeal of Metal Recusants in a time of increasing metal information overload.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-with-dom-from-metalrecusants-com/


Dead Infection – A Chapter of Accidents

The simpler the music is, the harder it is to execute in an interesting way. The best of grindcore rises to this challenge by inventing ways of making texture expand upon a simple riff idea. Like grandmasters Carcass before them, Dead Infection use a gurgling bass deluge to convey a hidden complexity.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/dead-infection-a-chapter-of-accidents/


Slayer releases May tour dates

Those who read this site on a regular basis know of our devotion to the unholy triad who invented underground metal, namely Slayer, Hellhammer and Bathory. You can see one of these bands, albeit missing one original guitarist and drummer, as Slayer comes to your town this may.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/slayer-releases-may-tour-dates/


In defense of elitism

One good way to make a name as a writer is to disguise a begging the question fallacy as an article. That’s what happened with “Why Are Black Metal Fans Such Elitist Assholes?”, a new piece staining the otherwise semi-respectable site Vice.com.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/in-defense-of-elitism/


Stormbound Books bridges academic and popular writing about metal

As people who enjoy heavy metal in all its forms and wish it to succeed, we keep an eye out for upcoming metal journalism and history projects that have a realistic yet spirited portrayal of the art form and its origins. One such project was , written by author Salva Rubio, who has now launched his newest venture, Stormbound Books.

Unlike most metal publishers so far, Stormbound Books aims to bridge the gulf between academic metal writing including histories, and the type of popular metal literature that exists for the music fan whose interest is primarily in the music and not the study of it. Read on for a description of the publisher, its team, and how it plans to conquer the world of metal journalism.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/stormbound-books-bridges-academic-and-popular-writing-about-metal/


Sadistic Metal Reviews 01-24-14

What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? It’s when we decide that good things should happen to good people and bad things should happen to boring music. Most music is either imitating a trend, or totally without purpose or content, and that makes it boring. We can find trends and purposeless noise anywhere, for free. We are cruel to the stupid, and periodically, find something worthwhile to hold up above the river of feces…

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/sadistic-metal-reviews-01-24-14/


MIT teaches heavy metal

Academia did not always embrace metal. When I suggested the idea in the early 1990s, it was mostly laughed off, with some notable exceptions. But the point remained: heavy metal is a unique art form in our society and a powerful indicator of our unfolding history.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/mit-teaches-heavy-metal/


Heavy Metal and the Communal Experience conference reveals topics

Last year, we ran an article covering the announcement that the University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Heavy Metal Studies group will be hosting a day-long conference at the University of Puerto Rico on March 5th. We can now announce that further information has been released, covering what the speakers will be discussing.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/heavy-metal-and-the-communal-experience-conference-reveals-topics/


Extreme Noise Terror – A Holocaust in Your Head

Avoiding the pitfalls of repetition that normally afflict later punk-derived albums, A Holocaust in Your Head is a fire spitting, unhinged, high speed high intensity crust album. That is, if you ignore the first and last tracks, which are a political statement not a song and an insult track to the band S.O.D., respectively.

Extreme Noise Terror rip thourgh hardcore punk and primordial death metal riffs with reckless abandon. Dual singers give some variety to the vocal patterns. Though the political rhetoric in the lyrics can be tiring on some tracks, the music speaks for itself, portraying something quite like the album title suggests: a droning of madness with explosive texture within suggesting a writhing, disturbed and out of control chain reaction just under the surface.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/extreme-noise-terror-a-holocaust-in-your-head/


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Because Metal Is Art



Metallica brings metal and classical closer together

For their performance at the Grammy awards, Metallica paired up with Chinese pianist Lang Lang for a performance of their dramatic protest song “One” originally from …And Justice for All.

According to VH1, the bond was formed in just 45 minutes of practice time the day before the performance. As you can see below, the result was smoothly integrated despite this lack of extensive practice.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/metallica-brings-metal-and-classical-closer-together/


An At the Gates career retrospective

At the Gates have announced their reformation as part of the 2013-inspired wave that saw Gorguts and Carcass return. Unlike the 2009-wave of returning bands, like Asphyx and Beherit, this retro-underground-revival has featured classic bands “modernizing” their sound. It also generally exhibits bands who had already cast aside their metal roots for musical reasons. Where the previous wave was more a sense of bands returning to pick up where they left off, the new wave seems to be about bands participating in the new metal scene and trying to siphon off some of that interest, newsworthiness and cash flow.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/an-at-the-gates-career-retrospective/


“Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal Symposium” opens registration

On April 11th, in York, UK, a new conference will attempt to tackle the heady subject of “Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal.” Sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York, the conference aims to explore these traditional academic concepts in the context of the newer forms of metal.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/metal-and-marginalisation-gender-race-class-and-other-implications-for-hard-rock-and-metal-symposium-opens-registration/


A quick introduction to the Puerto Rican black metal scene

We offer reviews of Puerto Rican bands in preparation of the upcoming black metal conference.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/a-quick-introduction-to-the-puerto-rican-black-metal-scene/


Demilich – 20th Adversary of Emptiness

When too many utterly mindless and pandering bands pile up in the review queue, even life seems washed out and hopeless. At that point, even death metal has lost its power and mystique. When that happens, I throw on Demilich Nespithe and my faith in the genre is restored. This album presents such a creative and yet meaningful interpretation of death metal that it restores faith in a lot more than the genre.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/demilich-20th-adversary-of-emptiness/


Happy 50th birthday, Jeff Hanneman

Today, Jeff Hanneman would have been fifty years old. The man who helped invent the sound that underlies all of underground death metal did not, as the people around him in the LA suburbs tend to do, waste his life away in repetition. Instead, he forged his own path and we celebrate him for it and the results of it.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/happy-50th-birthday-jeff-hanneman/


Massacre announces Back From Beyond release on April 1, 2014

Crushing Tampa, FL football death metal band Massacre announce today their release of Back From Beyond, a new full-length album for 2014.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/massacre-announces-back-from-beyond-release-on-april-1-2014/


When Bassnectar was a metalhead

Metal is not a job and will never pay the bills. Hence many metal musicians move on to other careers. Sometimes this includes other forms of music. Such is the case of Lorin Ashton, a/k/a Bassnectar, who previously was in a black/doom metal band called Pale Existence.

Correctly intuiting that metal would not pay the bills, and being from the already-undernoticed San Jose scene which got obscured by the greater prominence of nearby San Francisco, Ashton migrated from underground metal to playing multiple DJ sets a day in an effort to develop his hybrid style.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/when-bassnectar-was-a-metalhead/


Khand – The Fires of Celestial Ardour released on tape

The crossover between metal and keyboard music is vast and well-documented to the point that the well-dressed death metal site simply ignores instrumentation and picks the keyboard bands that sound as evil and nihilistic as death metal. Whether that’s works by Neptune Towers, Beherit, Jaaportit, Goatcraft, Burzum or Danzig, evil metal has crossed over to occult keyboards.

Another entry into this world is Khand, made by lifelong metalhead and now synthesizer jockey Arillius.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/khand-the-fires-of-celestial-ardour-released-on-tape/


Pentagram (CL) – The Malefice

Imagine you’ve returned to those magic years between 1985 and 1987. Thrash exploded, followed by speed metal and then the nascent proto-death/black bands are emerging. Almost everything is tinged with Metallica since they are looking like the first band of this ilk to make it out of the underground and into mainstream record stores.

Pentagram (CL) comes to us from those formative years but with two different versions of that time. The first is the second disc in the set, which re-records seven classic tracks using modern production and instrumental know-how. The second is the “first” disc in this set, which is thirteen new songs. While both derive from the fertile era of the middle 1980s, they each take different approaches, with the first disc actually showing more of what this band can do.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/pentagram-cl-the-malefice/


Interview: Brian Kirkmeyer who teaches “Metal on Metal: Engineering and Globalization in Heavy Metal Music”

For some time we have delved into academia and its treatment of heavy metal. Today however we take another course, which is to look at the technology of heavy metal and its implications for both society and technology.

Aiding us in this quest is Dr. Brian Kirkmeyer, who teaches “Metal on Metal: Engineering and Globalization in Heavy Metal Music” at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He was good enough to gift us with some of this time explaining the class and his approach to the study of heavy metal.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-brian-kirkmeyer-who-teaches-metal-on-metal-engineering-and-globalization-in-heavy-metal-music/


Headhunter D.C. – …In Unholy Mourning…

At a time when most crosshairs were aimed at Tampa, FL or Sweden as being “death metal capitals” some of us trained our sights further afield to places like Canada and Brazil which to their credit were home to a great number of pioneering bands. Headhunter D.C. are one such band who built a fanbase in their homeland of Brazil but are generally not known outside South America.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/headhunter-d-c-in-unholy-mourning/


Speed metal: the choice of royals

Many of those who are involved with music have spoken praise for the 1980s speed metal explosion, which offered a form of music with both intensity and integrity. Until the great wave of commercialization, it simply refused to join the social impulse to all get along and behave like everyone else.

But a recent interview with Dominic West, who accompanied the UK’s Prince Harry to the North Pole, confirms that speed metal may have more going for it than simply being aloof to the great herding instinct. It is the music not only of Royals, but of soldiers...

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/speed-metal-the-choice-of-royals/


Alex Hellid creates contest to re-mix Entombed

Alex Hellid of Entombed is offering a contest which puts a challenge to his listeners: make something of Entombed, and possibly win free stuff.

http://www.deathmetal.org/news/alex-hellid-creates-contest-to-re-mix-entombed/


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