While the midterm elections and Dia Del Los Muertos are sure to give many opportunities for infernal sightings, the most thrilling of all this week on the black metal and death metal front may be in Berlin.
(The teenagers who allegedly planned to sacrifice classmates to Satan and drink their blood may be close, though.)
Nuclear War Now and Iron Bonehead are partnered up for the Never Surrender Festival, which began yesterday in Germany. The slate of bands is an impressive one: Temple Desecration, Faustcoven, Sabbat, Evil, Grave Upheaval, Blasphemy and Xibalba are just a few of the performers featured.
If you are reading this, chances are you missed your flight to Berlin and won’t be there. Never fear, because college radio station KFJC has got you covered with both a video and an audio feed of the festival. Watch the video stream here or if you prefer to just listen, the audio stream is here.
Because of time differences, those in North America will have virtually a full day of death metal and black metal concerts today and Saturday.
The Adversary is seeing much invocation of late. A man declaring himself the son of Satan has been acquitted in the attempted murder of an elderly woman. Meanwhile, a woman who says she is Satan is in jail in a shooting case. Elsewhere in crime, Satan has been declared innocent as instigator of a fire pit in Arkansas. “As far as the spiritual Satan goes, we’ve ruled that out. … He didn’t come up and stick his pitchfork in the ground and blow that hole out.” Continue reading
Satan. Dude’s all over the place, look around or ask the person next to you. Or, you could simply pay attention to the surrounding decline – now there’s a clue. Alright, rush job here since there’s a few albums we need to discuss that the dark one himself would rock in a set of headphones while doing his thing. Moving right along… Continue reading
This semi-regular space has emerged somewhat as a look at appearances of Satan in popular culture and looks at new and upcoming black metal. In recent weeks, the Dark Lord has appeared in much national and international news…. Continue reading
Some of heavy music’s more extreme and repellent subgenres, like war metal and brutal death metal, are ripe for a particular kind of criticism. “I hear a bunch of angry white boys,” was the first remark from a decidedly anti-metal friend upon hearing Murdered‘s Killed To Death, the new and fiercely punishing one-man act release by Justin McNeil. Unfair though such rebukes may be, they are indicative of the time, and perhaps a kernel of truth. In embracing the raw, guttural essence of some corners of metal, there is a real danger in just sounding like yet another pastiche of drum machines, riffs and barking. Or, well, angry white boys. Continue reading