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China is the dark horse of black metal. Generally, Asia never seems to get much love from the metal world, but right now China’s BM and DSBM bands are kicking ass. Proving once and for all that you don’t have to be Scandinavian to be angry and miserable.
First in a spontaneous series of playlists meant to alleviate the pain and loneliness of those individuals not at the bar, and a melancholy but beautiful man overseas.
Of the Wand & the Moon – Winter Veil
Ordo Obsidium – Emptiness Under the Moon
Cruel Force – Under the Sign of the Moon
Exiled From Light – Neath the Oppressing Moonlight
Ulver – Hymne V: Wolf And The Moon
When it comes to notoriety and black metal, mainstream metal has a history of awarding worldwide recognition to the most fucked up individuals. Our morbid fascination with tortured personalities behind equally tortured music goes well beyond Varg Vikernes and Faust. Silencer’s key role in the early days of DSBM is overshadowed by the horrific and questionable legend of vocalist Nattramn and his penchant for going after small girls with an axe. Trist, a bleak one-man project from the Czech Republic, only created waves when he released graphic images of his heavily scarred torso. Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth played into his own bloody fantasy when he staged his own suicide, returning to kick his fans (0:37) like nothing had ever happened. Controversial and maddening, but mere frat boy antics compared to the next level shit that is black metal’s answer to Rimbaud’s Season in Hell: :STALAGGH:/:GULAGGH:.
It’s important to continue with an objective, open mind.
Today’s playlist is a little different. I chose tracks from the top 5 albums on my 2011 list that might convince you to check out more from these artists. Hope you like it!
This is why we can’t have nice things. 2010 spoiled us: new Agalloch, Triptykon, Alcest, the return of everyone’s favorite murderer, new Kylesa shirts, the list goes on. Someone must have pissed Lemmy off because the most talked about albums of 2011 were also the shittiest albums of 2011. Also, Rites of Darkness. Really?
Let’s take a break from being frostbitten for a minute.
In 1959 Chip Ihsahn and Rocky Samoth met on the beach in California. They shared a love of crude reverb units, surfing, smoking illicit substances and driving cars with fake wood on the sides.
Prophecy Productions are streaming Insects, the long-awaited album from Germany’s Farsot, in full on their YouTube channel. One of the best progressive black metal outfits to come out of Europe, these German risk-takers spent four years on their second full-length via Prophecy’s Lupus Lounge.
2007′s III showed a restrained, avant-gardé approach to traditional black metal, and Insects takes it even further. If you haven’t checked this band out yet, you don’t know what you’re missing.
– you can listen to the entire album here -
I was going to put this off until Sunday, but since it was just announced that Forteresse is premiering “La Lame du Passé,” a track from their new album, Crépuscule d’Octobre, on Invisible Oranges. The album comes out November 22. Very cool. Check it out here.
Québec nationalist black metal, or Métal Noir Québécois, is completely unrelated to NSBM. QSBM reflects the values held by a nation within a nation, and a passionate devotion to tradition. Part of this is the importance of communicating in French instead of Canada’s adopted language, English, as a form of preservation. QSBM also draws from native French Canadian folk music, another element that makes this a distinctive segment of black metal geography.
Long Island, New York hasn’t exactly been a hotbed of musical activity lately. Besides the recent attention given to local quartet This Is Hell, things have been relatively quiet east of the Queens border since the Taking Back Sunday and Brand New hype died a long awaited death in the late 2000s.
Things might be looking up, at least for Nassau County. Valley Stream “unsettling, experimental, cosmically-influenced Death Metal” act Artificial Brain caught the attention of Decibel last month with their three-track demo. Featuring members of Revocation and the now-defunct Biolich and Cianide Breed, the band’s remarkable musical chops aren’t up for debate. They’re also way over my head, but in a way that makes death metal fans and aspiring guitarists drool with envy.