Anddddd we’re back. Apologies for the Thanksgiving-related departure last week, but what’s the point of all this goat-slaying satanic black metal without a nuclear family and a tiny hometown to terrify with it?
Welcome to the apocalypse, America. Here’s your fucking soundtrack.
With the holiday upon us and big releases just ahead and right behind, this week is a bit slower than most. So get caught up on what you missed in the past few months (there has to be something) or plow blindly forward alongside me. The choice is yours, but I’ll be here all the same.
Apologies once again for the inconsistency of this section over the past few weeks. Life has been almost exclusively throwing sliders in the dirt of late, which—when combined with non-metal endeavors like Northside Festival—have conspired to keep your weekly updates semi-weekly. Here’s hoping we can get back in our d-beat groove…
The 2016 edition of MDF kicked off yesterday, which means 50% of the NYC metal scene has packed up and moved south for the weekend. Thankfully there’s still enough radioactive spillover to go around, however, so sit down, shut up (yes, that means me too), and dig in.
Gorguts have been at this death metal thing for a while now. They may not be as namechecked as some of their mega-reunion-tour peers, but over the course of the band’s 25-year existence—encompassing five albums, two tragedies, and one protracted hiatus—they have remained steadfast at the genre vanguard. Under the careful watch of mastermind Luc Lemay, Gorguts laid the blueprint for today’s crop of parameter-agnostic death metal acts (Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain, Wormed, et al.), became underground legends in their own right, and, in 2005, quietly receded into some sort of sunset.
More sickening news from the world at large this week. I love metal. My guess is you do too. But as we approach one of the 2016’s first serious AOTY contenders –and one not without its own ethical complications–let’s try to keep all this in perspective. We aren’t saving or taking lives here. We are talking about entertainment, so keep calm and respect your fellow hessian.