25 Years of Merzbow’s Venereology Micro Documentary

WARNING: This is not one of my usual videos of me sitting in front of the camera and talking. This is a 5 minute “micro documentary” celebrating twenty-five years of Merzbow’s harsh noise masterpiece, Venereology.

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YouTube Channel Madness!

I’m sure some of you have noticed that I’ve been doing less writing of late and focusing more on making YouTube videos.  I’ll get back to writing eventually, but I’ve decided that I need to challenge myself with a new medium, as well as expand the THKD empire beyond blogging.  It’s been a fun, refreshing change of pace and I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me while I try something new for a while.

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Harm’s Way – Posthuman (Metal Blade Records, 2018)

I wasn’t terribly familiar with Harm’s Way prior to getting the promo for Posthuman, but I was somewhat aware of the buzz their previous album Rust had garnered, so I decided to give them a try.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that Posthuman is a burly-as-fuck collection of non-stop mosh riffs mixed with electronic elements that wouldn’t be out of place on a late-nineties Godflesh record.  It’s an odd combination to be sure, but I’ll be damned if Harm’s Way doesn’t make it work.

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Dodheimsgard – A Umbra Omega (Peaceville, 2015)

DHG_A Umbra Omega_frontcover_original_080115Beginning life as a traditional-sounding Norwegian black metal outfit, Oslo’s Dodheimsgard have evolved drastically with every release, to the point that if you were to play each of their full-length recordings to someone who was completely unfamiliar, they’d likely attribute them to several different bands.  This near-constant state of progression and reinvention has made DHG into one of the most exciting groups to emerge from the Scandinavian second wave, the lengthy periods of inactivity between albums doing nothing whatsoever to dull my anticipation of their next move.

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THKD’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2014 that I didn’t write about.

THKD2014In early December, I decided I wasn’t going to do a year end list.  It isn’t that I’m all of the sudden anti-list; I still love lists, but this year I just wasn’t feeling it.  I gotta be honest, after five years of doing THKD I’m fucking weary, and laboring over a list just felt like yet another metal writing chore.  Besides, if you read the blog regularly and follow me on social media, you already know what I liked this year.

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Release the Noise!

VenereologyRGBMany moons ago Relapse Records introduced me to noise.  That’s probably a bit hard to imagine for younger folks that only know the label as the beard metal stronghold it is today, but trust me, way back when Relapse was releasing some seriously bonkers shit.  You see, Relapse used to have a sub-label called Release Entertainment and it was to noise, dark ambient and experimental music what Relapse once was to death metal, grindcore and the like.

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RIP Wayne Static (1965 – 2014)

QXoK8WEsWayne Static died on November 1st, 2014.  I can’t claim to have followed Static-X past their first few albums, but I’ve always considered their debut Wisconsin Death Trip to be one of the very few classic albums to emerge from the nu metal explosion of the late ’90s.  That’s because the album had more to do with the industrialized grooves and cruel precision of earlier bands such as Ministry and Prong than it did with the Adidas-addled two-chord junk Korn and Limp Bizkit were peddling.  In my History of Groove Metal feature, I wrote of the album:

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