It’s only February, which means most labels are just starting to trickle out what will eventually become an unstoppable avalanche of new releases. Not so for Nuclear War Now! Productions; the California-based label is in the process of unleashing a fifty megaton payload of heavy hitters that are poised to set the bar for underground black and death metal for the remainder of 2018. Read on for THKD’s breakdown of this quartet of poser-slaughtering platters…
Normally I’m not one to make a big deal out of teaser tracks, but for Texas-based black metallers Nyogthaeblisz, I’m more than willing to make an exception. The band’s current label Hells Headbangers (who seem uh, hell-bent on on defying the metal PC police this year) recently premiered “Ordnance for Adamic Holocaust and Cosmocidal Entropy” from their long awaited debut full length Abrahamic Godhead Besieged by Adversarial Usurpation and from the sound of things, the album will be everything fans have been waiting for.
According to Metal Archives, Grand Belial’s Key’s first full length, Mocking the Philanthropist, was released sometime in 1997 (I’ve been unable to track down an exact date). The Virginia-based band recorded two well-received demos and an EP prior to their debut, but the removal of drummer/vocalist Lord Vlad Luciferian (who would go on to join Ancient) would signal the dawn of the band’s classic era; GBK were about to become one of the most infamous and instantly recognizable bands in US black metal.
My introduction to Southern California’s Lord Time was 2013’s Drink My Tears, an hour-long mind-fucking odyssey to the outer fringes of black metal, noise and experimental music which ended up being one of my favorite albums released that year. Since then, the one-man project has only gotten darker, harsher and weirder, as evidenced by the utterly warped Mandatory Human Livestock Reduction, released earlier this year on sole member Andorkappen’s own Universal Consciousness.
For the most part I like my black metal traditional. Progression in music is great and all, and of course there are always exceptions to the rule, but when it comes to black metal, I typically want to hear some nasty, satanic, troglodyte shit. That’s where Profanatica comes in. They’ve been around since 1990 and are considered to be among the godfathers of the US black metal scene, and throughout their two-plus decades of existence, they’ve somehow managed to keep things both staunchly primitive and evil as hell.
Let’s just get it out of the way now; Inquisition is the best active US black metal band. Hell, they might very well be the best black metal band on the planet. Not only have the Seattle-based duo never released a bad album, they’ve somehow managed to fiercely adhere to the traditional black metal paradigm for over two decades while at the same time expanding the genre’s course and scope beyond what had been thought possible. Indeed, few bands have done as much to push traditional black metal forward, yet they still seem to remain somewhat under the radar.
I had an intro written and ready to go, reflecting on all the good and bad that heavy music in 2015 had to offer (mostly bad), but then I remembered that no one reads these long-winded, pointless intros. So, without further ado, here are eleven musical things (not just albums) that grabbed a hold of my crank and kept on yanking in 2015…