Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – November 2, 2018

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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.

– EA

Wake Up and Smell the Satan! – October 19, 2018

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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

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


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

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


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