Five of the Best: Anti-fascist black metal bands

When people think of black metal and politics, odds are they think of bands who are on the far-right of the spectrum. It’s no surprise. Fascist imagery abounds in black metal, to the extent that it’s considered utterly normal by some, and there’s a long history of some of the big names of the genre espousing authoritarian, prejudiced views; and this is to say nothing of the whole NSBM sub-genre. But recent years have seen more and more bands making explicitly anti-fascist black metal. There’s always been those who have had views we would now recognise as anti-fascist – most notably Summoning – but that’s not always come across in their music. So, here are five bands playing various styles of black metal, where you won’t need to follow up on interviews to know their anti-fascist leanings.

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2017 Favourites – Part II

Following on from the first ten of my A-Z 2017 favourites, here is the second part. As the title says, this is my favourites – not necessarily the best records of the year, but the ones I enjoy or connected with the most. Feel free to tell me what I missed, why I’m wrong, or whatever else. There’s only so many hours in the day, and not all of them can be spent listening to records, sadly.

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Suicide Wraith / Necrolytic Goat Converter / Uncanny Reality – Shades of Sorrow (Split)

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Label: Blackened Death Records

Clocking in at 50 minutes, and featuring three DSBM bands of differing styles, Shades of Sorrow could well have ended up being an emotionally crushing, desolate affair. And, to some extent, it is – but that’s how we’d want it to be. Featuring the fury of Suicide Wraith, the eclectic Necrolytic Goat Converter, and the raw sorrow of Uncanny Reality, this three-way split is an underground gem of DSBM that is as punishing as you’d hope, but also with a sense of catharsis running throughout that ensures it never becomes overbearing, and gives the listener plenty of reasons to come back for more.

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Abandoned by Light – And Here I Stand, Betwixt Light and Dark

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Label: Blackened Death Records / Self-released

Despite only coming to life in 2013, one-man DSBM band Abandoned by Light are now already on their sixth album, And Here I Stand, Betwixt Light and Dark. Whilst that rapid level of output would often be a cause for a concern, And Here I Stand… quickly puts any such fears to bed. It is a marked improvement over previous albums, and whilst it may not take DSBM to any new places, it is such a confident, forceful album that this is not an issue. Those looking to dwell upon their misery and darkness could do far worse for a soundtrack to such dark meditations than this album; raw, hateful, and captivating, this is the essence of DSBM distilled to its core.

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Olivia Neutered John – Kill All Men (Starting With The White Ones)

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Label: Blackened Death Records

This is an album that will make a lot of people unhappy. Kill All Men (Starting With The White Ones) is the first album from Olivia Neutered Johnthe satirical porno-grind project of Pope Richard, and whilst that’s a genre normally known for its poor perceptions of women and anyone who isn’t a straight white male, Kill All Men flips the usual practices of the genre on its head. The record mixes sexualised topics with the kind of gore that’s part way between Cannibal Corpse and Castrator, placing women in positions of power. It’s backed up by furious, straight to the point blasts of grind, making Kill All Men a rush of furious energy, that often masks its serious points with crude humour.

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World Controller – Fiery The Angels Fell

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Label: Blackened Death Records

I’ve written before about how Pope Richard, the main man behind Blackened Death Records, never seems to stop working. Since my review of Takhisis  a few weeks ago, he’s already released several new grind and crust singles, organised a multi-artist compilation, and released a new album as World Controller. His sci-fi based death/doom project is back with its second album, Fiery The Angels Fell, and it’s a much angrier album than previous LP Apocalypse and EP Divinitatis Aemulus, with moments of punked-up, grind-indebted fury and speed. It makes Fiery The Angels Fell a varied, engaging listen, with a lot of character and depth to it.

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