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Disfiguring the Goddess is a guttural death metal band designed to alienate women, parents and normies. These guys take the pummeling, cookie monster shtick to a cartoonish almost surreal level. God bless them for it.
Sometimes I’m impressed by how, after all these years, I still love metal. Specifically, filthy, harsh, wrathful metal. I can count on it to scrub my brain clean like steel wool. Check this track out by now-defunct Aussie death metal band Bestial Warlust. Tell me you don’t feel rejuvenated after listening to it!
Death metal growling takes a lot more practice and skill than people realize. Take Olle Ekman, vocalist for Swedish death metal band Volturyon: he warms up with death metal scales before rehearsal.
The first time I heard Hate Eternal I thought this is what Christian music should sound like. They’re definitely not Christians, but I remembered that in the Bible, God had to speak to people through chosen prophets such as Moses because His direct voice would destroy mere mortals.
I had to put up with some seriously obnoxious jocks and drunken highschool kids at a recent show featuring flavor-of-the-moment acts that did the whole ecstatic, 80s electro thing that’s so popular these days. Lots of fluorescent colors. I had to blast some death freaking metal when I got home, and Hooded Menace fit the […]
Anthony Vincent has been roaming the country for the past few years under the name Xrin Arms (pronounced ‘Yer-In Arms’), sand-blasting hearts and minds with his onslaught of digital grindcore psychosis. Processing soul, funk, R&B, pop, death metal, swing, random samples, and every iteration of everything awful through his laptop and pedals, Vincent is the […]
Crust bands have always taken from and given to other subgenres of extreme music — after all, Discharge was largely responsible for inspiring the grindcore bands that begat death metal. Until now though, most bands with a crusty feel to them never really appealed to me because they often were still too rooted in hardcore […]
San Diego death metal band Cattle Decapitation are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. Their schtick is pretty silly — they are anti-human vegetarians who pound out grinding, churning, vomitous songs about mankind getting its comeuppance (I can’t help but chuckle at song titles like Bukkake Tsunami). While fans of ultra-technical metal may […]
Meshuggah are a much better band recorded than live, at least based on the only time I saw them a couple years ago when they were touring in support of Catch 33. But it’s hard to deny that their albums kick a lot of ass. Their latest video for the song Bleed off last year’s […]
Strip away the cookie monster vocals and downtuned, distorted guitars, it’s hard to imagine death metal still reading as death metal, but 8-bit duo Dr. Zilog manage to do just that. The Floridian sound-card tweakers make some pretty amazing original, NES tunes that are strangely compelling, catchy, and actually quite metal.
Like any fan of a genre, I can’t stand bands that water down the basic elements of said genre in order to make it more accessible to the masses. I used to consider Gojira one of these bands, but it may be because I couldn’t get past their lame album covers. To be honest, they’re […]
Diablo Swing Orchestra are a Swedish band straight out of a Tom Waits nightmare. They sound exactly like their name suggests, making dirty, raucous swing, updated with some punky power chords, but the operatic Swedish vocals and nearly death-metal growls separate the band from the swing revivalists of the late ’90s. Definitely not the kind […]
A couple weeks ago, some buddies of mine in the black metal band Krallice played a show organized by Matthew Barney (a notorious metalhead) at the Deitch space in Long Island City. Whole pigs were roasted, and the head of one became a stage prop for the Texas band Dagon.
Anyone who thinks black metal is too rigid and narrow a genre to have room for innovation would do well to check out Lifelover, a Swedish band that defies every convention of black metal while still remaining miraculously kvlt. The sextet wafts between languid, hallucinatory grooves that channel Iggy Pop and latter-day Cure to unhinged […]