Starting a Band: The Four Cities You Should Visit for Inspiration

Starting a Band: The Four Cities You Should Visit for Inspiration

It is said that music makes the world go round. It transcends across countries, continents, cultures, and language barriers and cuts right to the heart and soul of people. No matter what genre of music someone connects to, the fact is that there is that connection. As a musician yourself, you understand just how incredible it is to play in front of a live audience, feel their reaction, make that connection, and affect people.

Black Metal takes Norway’s Everyday Racisms to the Extreme

Black Metal takes Norway’s Everyday Racisms to the Extreme

Norwegian black metal represents an intersection between locality and genre: its locality figures the scene as a national expression within a global metal underground, its genre as a particular set of stylistic and ideological practices within the broader category of metal music.

Demons, Devils and Witches: The Occult in Heavy Metal Music

Demons, Devils and Witches: The Occult in Heavy Metal Music

Eugene Martone, his Fender Telecaster slung around his shoulder, walks tentatively onto the stage. He is here to play for the soul of his friend, bluesman Willie Brown, a harmonica player who in his youth made a deal with the Devil in return for musical virtuosity.

Corpsepaint Towards the Re-Occultation of Black Metal Blood

Corpsepaint Towards the Re-Occultation of Black Metal Blood

What forces are at work when blood runs black? From Beherit’s ‘Oath of Black Blood’ to Mütilation’s ‘Black Imperial Blood’ to Behexen’s ‘My Stigmas Bleeding Black’ to Xasthur, for whom “shadows of human suffering have found a home, watered with blackened blood”, black metal hotwires the historical poetics of early modern humoral theory, summoning the sanguine urge of celebration, and the choleric rage of the berserker, only to pollute these Hippocratic streams of blood and bile with the cold and dry essence of black bile.

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