Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – September 28, 2018

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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

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – September 21, 2018

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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

Album Review: Murdered – “Killed To Death”

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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

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! — August 24, 2018

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This week, the loopy conspiracy theory cottage industry surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton crossed paths with the Bringer of Light this week, when Snopes put the kibosh on allegations Chelsea Clinton was spotted wearing an inverted cross. Apparently, this meme is nearly a decade old, but was sparked again by social media posts. Nevertheless, it is false… unless you believe (as some do) that Snopes is the Illuminati or somesuch.

Also this week, a Satanic Temple member’s essay on the latest Catholic Church scandal garnered some attention. A proto-atheist’s opinion on Catholics probably does not weigh in for much to most people, but the abuse controversy is sure to grab headlines, and thus might be worth your attention.

Speaking of random, if you have wondered about Marilyn Manson’s reported priesthood in the Church of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey, wonder no more.

Among black metal releases this week, Greyhaze Records reissues today black thrashers Sarcófago‘s The Worst for the first time on vinyl and cassette. The 1996 album is regarded as ahead of its time for drum machines and other innovations that were unusual for the period. You may most recall the band as being fronted by Sepultura’s original singer, Wagner Lamounier. Greyhaze teased “God Bless the Whores” recently:

Also out today, Ulven from Akron, Ohio conjure classic black metal sorcery on its new album Death Rites Upon a Winged Crusade via Folkvangr Records. The act is a one-man project of Sean Deth, who blends black metal and death metal in this release. “Night of the Long Knife” is featured on this album:

And last but not least, Finland’s Morketida released its new album, Panphage Mysticism, last week through Werewolf Records. This is a followup to the group’s 2012 demo, and early reviews suggest it was worth the wait. You can stream the album now via Bandcamp.

– EA

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – August 17, 2018

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America’s favorite religious trolls, The Satanic Temple, made headlines this week after bringing its Baphomet statue to a protest in Arkansas. A few time zones away, the Portland chapter announced its withdrawal from the Temple, citing alignment with neo-Nazism among other charges.

If you’ve lost track of the infernal drama, and who hasn’t, The Cut has a rundown, including the Corey Feldman situation.

Also in the universe of The Satanic Temple dramas – by way of the Temple of Set via the Church of Satan, which has been in a running verbal gun battle with TST spanning years – Michael A. Aquino has self-published a “50th anniversary revision” of The Satanic Bible, most synonymous with Anton LaVey. This book, however, bears no connection to LaVey’s. Got that straight?

In music, Hungary’s veteran atmospheric black metal crew Sear Bliss released their eighth album this week. Letters From The Edge from Hammerheart Records which was originally slated for a July release and features “Shroud,” whose lyric video came out in May.

“Almost Dead Dog” is the preview for Mamaleek’s forthcoming album, Out of Time. The duo’s sound is more on the avant garde/experimental wing of black metal, but nonetheless intriguing.

And finally, Italian black metal act The Secret released the trailer for Lux Tenebris, its upcoming Southern Lord full-length:

– EA