Whether you are a metal fan curious about rational or theistic Satanism, you will learn that the two predominant branches of the Left Hand Path tend to reject nihilism outright. This includes cruelty toward humans and animals. The reasons for such can be complex at turns, but, in brief, are rooted in the understanding that Satanists eschew the social mores other faiths have wrought. Continue reading
The recent resurgence in vinyl has brought one very important aspect of the album experience back to the forefront: Taking time to really examine the artwork and let your eyes wander over the small details that the respective artist spent so much time perfecting. I’ve always loved the relationship between the music and the artwork, and the works of Michael Whelan are a testament that an Old English logo and black and white pictures can only go so far. On today’s Retrospective, we’ll examine the trajectory of his work on album covers from all niches of heavy metal. Continue reading
With Tau Cross’ self-titled album (which picks up where Amebix’s 2011 release left off) gracing so many “Best of 2015” lists and Killing Joke (to whom so many compare Amebix) releasing their fifteenth studio album Pylon on October 23, 2015 there’s never been a better time to discuss Amebix’s debut LP, Arise! Released in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles, Arise! forever changed the heavy music scene by blending the burgeoning, aggressive sound of crust punk with elements of metal and gothic metal to make a crossover album for generations to come. Amebix would go on to release only three albums in their entire career although, those three albums would be landmark releases. Those other releases are: Monolith, in 1987 and then Sonic Mass another twenty-four years later in 2011.