Five of the Best – Olivia Neutered John Influences

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Grind is protest – well all know this. But sometimes, other than a vague sense of “society is bullshit” style slogans, it can be unclear exactly what a band is protesting against. That’s not the case with Olivia Neutered John. The London-based project focuses it rage on how society treats women, flipping the typical gendered dynamic of death and goregrind lyrics on their head. Ahead of the release of Complete Castration – a compilation that will bring together previous releases The Toxic OrgyTransphobia Annihilation Squad, and Kill All Men (Starting With The White Ones), and will include several new tracks – we asked mainman Dick Weeks about the five biggest influences on the project. Some might be what you’d expect from a death-grind band, but some are perhaps a bit surprising; yet, within the context of Olivia Neutered John’s sound and lyrical aims, they all make complete sense. Here they are, in the words of the mainman himself.

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Castrator – No Victim

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Label: Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

You don’t have to look far to find sexism in metal. Songs about rape, torture, and violence against women are prevalent, and you don’t have to spent long looking through the stock of underground distros to find plenty of album covers depicting women in various states of deprivation and undress, be they alive or dead. It often seems that, the more extreme the music, the more bone-headed the attitudes encountered are. Even if it’s not intentional, it all contributes to a situation where such sexism is institutionalized, making it seem normal. Castrator flip this situation on its head entirely with No Victim. Whilst the music may fit firmly in to the paradigm of traditional death metal, lyrically and thematically, No Victim is a feminist call to arms. And this is, undoubtedly, a Very Good Thing.

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