It’s gross outside. Let’s talk metal for a bit and forget about the moistness of this Monday afternoon. Here’s some news you might have missed from today:
- Leading off, Maryland Deathfest announced the first wave of bands playing its 17th edition next Memorial Day. The highlights from this crop? Immolation, Pestilence, Mortician, Vomitory, Tomb Mold, Full of Hell and a bunch more. Peep the full list here — and maybe think about starting your anti-cancellation prayers ahead of time. Like, today.
The Satanic Temple this week announced litigation against Twitter, alleging religious discrimination related to the suspension and lack of account verification. Its statement to supporters details the matter:
Marc J. Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group, PLLC, representing TST for this case further stated: “When Twitter installed its Orwellian-named ‘Trust and Safety Council,’ free speech advocates sensed immediately that this would become a censorship board. However, none of us could have predicted exactly how discriminatory and arbitrary Twitter would be. Twitter has decided who it disfavors, politically, ethnically, and religiously, and they get significantly less free expression rights on Twitter than its favored groups. Enough is enough. Satanists are equal to any other religious adherents under the law and deserve to be treated equally. If Twitter disagrees, then it should be prepared to explain why its ‘Trust and Safety Council’ believes that it should favor one religion over another – consistent with the Civil Rights laws.”
You may recall the law firm from its defense of neo-Nazis, use of anti-Native American slurs, and CodePink. More on this case soon, surely.
Earlier this year, Behemoth issued an in-full performance of its legendary album The Satanist, recorded in its home country before a live crowd. Messe Noire is the resulting audio/visual package and the results are quite stunning if you enjoy Behemoth. “O Father O Satan O Sun” and other classics are featured, of course, as its the band’s usual theatrics. Get a preview here:
For a stretch of time, this space profiled some of the most legendary and emergent black metal and infernally infused extreme music. Whether it was Behemoth or Diocletian, it was all deliciously dark magic worth your time.
It’s been a lively few days. Between the arrest of James Larkin on human trafficking charges to the 13th annual exorcists convention hosted by the Vatican (the decline of Christianity and rise of the Internet are driving the exorcism business) to the long-winding Septicflesh/Dark Funeral tour, the (sinister) heavens have much to rejoice about this week. On the down side, French protesters are seeking to shut down Hellfest on charges of Satanism, and two of Rotting Christ’s members were jailed this week in the country of Georgia, allegedly for practicing Satanism. Capping it all off with the day every doughnut shop eagerly awaits seems fitting.
Finally this week, Sentient Ruin and Argento Records announced they would jointly issue French black metal act Novae Militiae’s 2017 album Gash’khalah to vinyl and cassette. The digital release of infernal noise and throwback black metal fury came out last year. “Black Temple Consecration” is among the beauties of this release.
TGIF. No, but seriously, thank God.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”