Reinventing Black Metal Part I: AL NAMROOD

Black metal. The most controversial of all the metal subgenres. Be it arson, national-socialistic views, suicide and even murder—black metal has seen it all. Yet amidst the craziness of the 90s and the (largely) Norwegian 2nd wave scene, there has been a certain staleness that has crept into the music. Satan just isn’t as cool, nor as much of a figure of defiance as he used to be. In that sense, black metal is having a bit of an identity crisis and it’s perhaps a fitting time to ask ourselves what black metal really is—from a more philosophical point of view. In this introduction/interview series we’ll be taking a look at some bands that are taking the idea of black metal and doing something fresh with it. At the end we may find some conclusions, but experience suggests we’ll just end up with more questions.

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Profile: William Bigcrow of Deathgrinders Narcissistic Necrosis

For any brutal death metal/deathgrind fans that missed out on Narcissistic Necrosis’ debut full length, The Art of Deformity last August, now is a good chance to rectify that. This entity got its start as a one man death machine back in 2014 but has slowly evolved into a full fledged-band but not before founder, vocalist, and guitarist William Bigcrow had all the songs written for what would become said debut. Their lyrical topics range from religious hypocrisy, narcissism, and misanthropy to name a few, and their music perfectly aligns to the cavalcade of spikes present in each of those topics. Over the course of ten tracks and just over thirty minutes, the band leaves an indelible mark with blasts, wails, guttural anomalies, and barbed grind. We recently posed our set of Profile questions to William for a bit of backstory so head directly below to see how it went down.

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Profile: Laura Vargas of The Inferno Doll

The Inferno Doll

Sacrifice is more than just a follow up EP to The Inferno Doll‘s 2015 full length Dollmination it also continues the story of the main character being possessed by an alter ego with no vision of which one is the enemy. This time out, the character is awakened and summoned by a High Priestess who controls the element of fire and offers a second chance. For this story to play out, the music must match not only the occult at work here but the battle at hand. And it does, in spades. This is dark, gothic metal at its theatrical and evil best. The slow burn enchantment of the title track crashing head first into the gnashing teeth of Land of the Lords shows just how talented vocalist and songwriter Laura Vargas is at bringing this all to successful, albeit dark, fruition. Sacrifice saw digital release back in October and as of this month has seen a physical release. Just behind this particular release we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to Laura in hopes of finding out more about the project and the artist. She opens up with a ton of info so head below to see how it went down.

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Tombs’ Mike Hill on new album “Under Sullen Skies,” working with Season of Mist, making music from a fan’s standpoint, refining sound, and so much more!

Tombs are on the eve of releasing their fifth full length Under Sullen Skies which is much like biting the head off a rocket and reveling in the burn of the explosion. No surprise really, the band have been incendiary since their debut Winter Hours and just get better and better with each release. This album however finds them better and more vicious than ever. It’s not a stretch at all that they’ve already been placed high on one specific best of 2020 list and we are certain they’ll be on many more to come. Head below to hear Mike break it all down.

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Profile: Michael T of Code Noir

Code Noir, a duo from Greece and Sweden, have had a bit of a rough go since their formation in 2015. The band began with a full lineup but when the time came to record their debut EP, Burn Card, they had to carry on as a two piece. Fast forward to now and the band is readying their second EP, Jack of All Trades, and it seems as though a narrow stable may have been the best thing for them as their hard rock thunder meets blistering metal sound is tighter than ever. Just ahead of the EP’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to vocalist/rhythm and lead guitarist/bassist Michael T to get the backstory. Head inside to see how it went down and show them some support from the links contained within.

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