Are you the kind of vegan with a crazy violent chip on your shoulder? Are you out to prove to your friends that being vegan is the most hardcore decision one could possibly make? Then I think you’ll appreciate the New Vegan Black Metal Chef video. Our super tough, scary, black metal head host teaches […]
A lot of metal people rag on Liturgy (the NYC black metal band recently signed to Thrill Jockey) for being too hipster and false. They’re turned off by the lack of metalhead attire and frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s admittedly pretentious musings on what he calls ‘transcendental black metal.’
I’m a huge fan of my friend Karlynn Holland’s art. She designed New York black metal band Krallice’s logo and did the logo and artwork for Dysrhythmia’s last album, Psychic Maps. She has a way with layering wispy and delicate lines to create dense textures and brooding atmosphere.
Amongst many in the metal scene, there is a great appreciation for spectacularly bad and low-budget black metal. There’s no escaping the fact that early Graveland was laughably bad, but that was part of their appeal. Behold, now, Varghkoghargasmal (say that ten times fast), a completely incompetent German band that decided to make a black […]
The Meads of Asphodel are hands-down the weirdest black metal band out there, shifting between polka, space-rock, punk, horns, and cryptic narration within their dense, pummeling psychosis. The band’s latest album, The Murder of Jesus Christ the Jew, despite some intentionally provocative song titles and themes, is actually an homage of sorts to the most famous hippie in history.
I got to know Thrill Jockey as the label for mellow, contemplative art/jazz bands that wind up being played on NPR. Of late, though, they have been signing some really left-field acts such as Daniel Higgs, Future Islands, Barn Owl, and now Brooklyn-based ‘transcendental black metal’ band Liturgy. I think it’s a good fit because […]
With bands like Krallice, Liturgy, and now San Francisco-based Deafheaven firmly establishing a subgenre of shimmering, transcendent black metal, many metal purists are throwing the tag ‘hipster’ around a little too freely. Burzum’s first post-prison album is also a big slab of pretty, so is Varg a hipster too?
The rainy weather and breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest has been inspiring a lot of amazing metal bands in the past several years — Velvet Cacoon, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Agalloch all emerged from the region. Another great band coming out of Portland is Atriarch, a blackened, sludgy, doom-inspired outfit whose frontman Lenny Smith (aka Behalf) also shreds his vocal chords for the possibly defunct Trees. Hail the New Wave of Pacific Northwest Black Metal.
My band, Bloody Panda, recently had the honor of opening for Amber Asylum in their hometown of San Francisco. The project of primary songwriter and frontwoman Kris Force, the band specializes in string-and-piano-heavy neoclassical/darkwave that required more attention than some drunken attendees were able to muster on a late Wednesday night.
I actually really liked Until the Light Takes Us, the documentary about black metal by Audrey Ewell and Aiden Aites. I say ‘actually’ because I can see why so many people didn’t like it. It’s definitely not for fans of the genre, as there is not a lot of actual black metal featured in the film, and it focuses on the characters involved with the now mythic beginnings of the scene, namely Gylve ‘Fenriz’ Nagell of Darkthrone and Varg ‘Count Grishnackh’ Vikernes.
Director Tony Stone’s debut film, Severed Ways, went over the heads of most audiences. The digitally shot film about the Norse discovery of North America didn’t conform to the typical three-part narrative we have come to expect in cinema, it was mostly without dialogue, and it showed one of the Vikings taking a dump.
I’ll admit it gets pretty lonely sometimes being a metalhead in a Wham City-dominated town, but when my buddies in Krallice rolled through with amazing San Franscisco black metal band Ludicra the other night, it was heartening to see the long hair and back patches coming out of the woodwork.