Clicks, Lies and Black Metal

On November 16th, 2016, the online metal tabloid known as Metalsucks published their “manifesto” in which they very publicly announced “We will not tolerate racism, misogyny or any form of bigotry or hate speech” (because apparently it took them ten years of running a website, not to mention a good chunk of their adult lives to figure out these things are shitty).

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RIP 2009 – 2016

RIP THKD IGIt’s hard to believe I’ve been running this blog for almost seven years.  That’s the longest I’ve ever stuck with any of my creative projects.  But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that nothing lasts forever.  And so it is that effective today, I’m shutting down IG for good.

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All Tomorrow’s Funerals: Autopsy’s maggot-ridden motherload unleashed.

I don’t typically do “news bit” type posts, but you guys know how much I fucking love Autopsy.  So, when the kind blokes at Fresno Media contacted me regarding the band’s latest release, I just couldn’t resist letting THKD readers know about it right away.

The legendary California death metallers have been pretty much unstoppable since rising from the grave in 2009, releasing an EP, a full length album and a demos collection, in addition to playing just about every metal fest known to man.  Now, with the help of longtime label Peaceville Records, the band has gathered all of their hard to find and out-of-print EP material on one convenient piece of gore-drenched plastic (or two slabs of wax) with All Tomorrow’s Funerals.  Loaded with twenty-two cuts of the quartet’s patented brand of filthy, smoked-out death metal, the disc/DLP contains Retribution for the Dead, Fiend for Blood and The Tomb Within, as well as the Horrific Obsession single.  You’re probably already thinking that’s a whole lotta Autopsy, but the band sweetens the fetid pot with four brand new songs, giving fans an additional EP’s worth of material on top of everything else.  The new tunes are exactly what you’d expect from Autopsy, and just might be the ugliest, most morbidly heavy music they’ve recorded since reuniting.  Here’s the title track below, just in case you need further convincing.

All Tomorrow’s Funerals is out now (officially released on 02/28/12), and is available directly from Peaceville or down your local shoppe.  Check out my brother from another mother Dave Schalek’s review of the compilation for all the pertinent info.

Additionally, our pals over at Invisible Oranges are giving away two copies of the album, one on vinyl and one on CD.  The contest ends on 03/07/12, so get your worthless ass over there and enter to win.

After you’ve entered to win a copy of the album (or gone out and bought the damn thing), swing back over to THKD and check out the two interviews I’ve conducted w/ Autopsy drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert here and here.  I also reviewed The Tomb Within, which is included in this release, here.

New Wormrot track + album art!

Singapore’s Wormrot might just be the best grindcore band on the planet right now. I myself had been pretty burned out on the genre until I heard their 2009 debut full length Abuse. That album was an adrenaline shot of pure grinding ferocity that made me stop and take notice. Wormrot’s sound is rooted in tradition, but what sets them apart is craftsmanship. Taking a genre like grindcore, where songs and bands have a tendency to blur together, and being able to write interesting, distinctive songs within its short sharp shock set of parameters is an art, an art that Wormrot have mastered.

The trio has just finished recording their 2nd full length, Dirge. It won’t be released in North America until May 3rd, but the fine folks at Earache have provided us a teaser in the form of “Manipulation”. Listen to the track and check out the album art below.

THKD’s Year End Statistics!

As a prelude to THKD’s Best of 2010 post, which is set to go live tomorrow morning, I thought it might be fun to publish this e-mail that the fine folks at WordPress sent me, breaking down THKD’s year into statistics.  I am happy to report that THKD has experienced significant growth over the course of 2010.  As you can see by the stats, THKD is still a very small fish in very vast metal ocean at this point, but I’m in this for the long-haul and am committed to continuing to chronicle the best that heavy music has to offer, and to grow the site in the process.  THKD has nowhere to go but up, and I owe it all to the great folks out there that are gracious enough to take an interest in what I have to say about the music I love. Here’s to many more great years of metal! Read on for THKD’s 2010 by the numbers!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 81 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 90 posts. There were 244 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 51mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 12th with 297 views. The most popular post that day was Where you come from. (Or being a metal fan in Iowa and its disastrous consequences.).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, invisibleoranges.com, twitter.com, WordPress Dashboard, and last.fm.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for watain, portal band, darkthrone, chris reifert, and blood revolt.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Where you come from. (Or being a metal fan in Iowa and its disastrous consequences.) July 2010
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Interview: WATAIN June 2010
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Interview: DARKTHRONE June 2010
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Interview: BLOOD REVOLT July 2010
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Man’s Gin – Smiling Dogs (Profound Lore, 2010) August 2010
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THKD News, notes and nonsense.

Well it’s that time of year where things slow down considerably for me in the writing department.  I typically like to take things easy around the holidays in order to spend time with family and get all the assorted nonsense that comes with the season squared away.  So, you probably won’t be seeing much new content here at the THKD bunker between now and the first week of January, when I unleash the THKD TOP 20 METAL ALBUMS OF 2010 extravaganza.  I know a lot of other sites are already putting up their top albums lists and such, but for me personally, it ain’t over ’til it’s over, as Yogi Berra once said.  I don’t like to publish my reflections on the year until that year has actually ended.  Besides, there’s always a chance that Satan Claws could put an awesome album in my stocking that totally changes the year-end rankings.

With that said, if you have sent me an album to review recently, please be patient.  Between the holiday headaches and THKD’s mammoth year-end post, I am quite busy at the moment.  But if I have promised you a review, I am a man of my word and will definitely get one.

In what can only be called shameless self promotion of the worst possible kind, I’d like to encourage everyone to check out the THKD facebook page.  In the past I had only been using it to put up links to my reviews and such here at THKD, but I’ve decided that there is a lot more that can be done with the facebook platform.  This means that I will be using the THKD FB page to post links to metal-related news that I find interesting, cool bands I have discovered that may or may not be seeing a write-up here and plenty of other random thoughts and musings about metal that don’t necessarily warrant a full-on post at the THKD site proper.  There is also a discussion board there, so feel free to start up a topic about what you’d like to see  on THKD, tips on cools bands I should be checking out, how badly you think my writing sucks, etc.  Whatever your little black hearts desire.

Here’s a link to the THKD FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thats-How-Kids-Die/126905647342601 (I believe you have to be logged in to FB to access it, if this doesn’t work, just type That’s How Kids Die in the FB search box.)

Now is also a good time to note that I will no longer be updating the THKD myspace page.  As some of you may know, myspace recently went through a re-design that has rendered the site virtually unusable.  I don’t have the patience to deal with the shitfest that myspace has become, so if you’re a myspace friend of THKD, you might as well hop on the FB bandwagon.

Looking forward to the impending New Year, THKD already has a lot on tap.  I’m waiting on fresh interviews from Norwegian bizarro black metal practitioner Furze and Italian crust-metal road warriors Children of Technology.  I’ve also got reviews and write-ups in the pipeline featuring Wrnlrd, Sabre, Ghost and Kylesa.  I’m also very excited to talk about 2011’s first truly great death metal album, Mitochondrion’s Parasignosis.

So, although THKD is experiencing a bit of a Holiday hangover, keep watching this space for a lot of rad new content, coming sooner than you think!