Front Beast – Shadows (Helldprod)

Taste the Germanic Steel!

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Front Beast is a long-running project of the Nocturnal’s axeman Avenger where he is the sole member. This one-man band (or project) released countless demos, splits and full-lengths along its prolific career.

That being said, Shadows is an EP released in cassette limited to 100 copies only!

The sound is a very simplistic black metal, yet a gem of the most underground pedigree.

Comprising of only 6 tracks clocking in at 20 minutes there is no really a highlight, but interestingly enough there is a song there is NOT Sepultura cover but carries the very same name which is Morbid Visions and the song remembers the vocals of Max Cavalera in the album… MORBID VISIONS. Of course, is not a fast-than-speed -of-light sound as all the songs here are mid-tempo.

For example, Circle Of Dancing Shadows which has a very PRIMITIVE production in a blackened heavy metal sound which is underground to the bone. Not for neophytes.

Wolfs Howl is very alike the aforementioned track which makes a kind of dichotomy: while the songs are ease to get in an almost punk MO, they are hard to distinguish between themselves.

It’s an interesting EP that keeps its value on a rarity-like release that is not going to become a classic but will become an item for collectors and fans in the future. This fact alone is the reason enough for you to run for your life and get a copy. Some releases have its intrinsic value not only in music, and old-schoolers know what I mean.

Shadows is out now on cassette via Hellprod.

Rating: 8/10


(Roderick Totentanz)

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5 songs for your Halloween night!

No it’s totally different that you’ve read so far

Every year the three rock songs that everybody things about are: Halloween (Helloween), Halloween (King Diamond) and Samhain (Samhain).

Here goes five songs, that don’t need much explanation for their reason to be. Just click play and let the evil take care of your body and soul. Happy Halloween bastards! 

 

 

 

 

 


(Roderick Totentanz)

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Thule in no perspective; Varg Vikernes has lost his Youtube channel.

Thulian Perspective is no more due to new Youtube regulations.

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DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS, IT’S ABOUT MUSIC. IF POLITICS (AND POLICIES) MESS UP WITH MUSIC, SO IT IS A MUSICAL PROBLEM AND SHOULD BE ASSERTED.

As Frank Zappa once said: who are the brain police? Algorithms are! As internet started to rely heavily on algorithms in order to take down several videos that alleged broke copyright (the infamous article 13), now they are using the same tactic to control hate speech. You know, nazis, white supremacists and whatnot.

What those dudes have anything to do with heavy metal? LET’S FIND OUT:

As you may know (if you may not, google it) Louis Cachet aka Varg Vikernes aka Count Grishnackh aka the guy of Burzum espoused some extreme ideologies in the past and let’s not be hypocrites that he may or may not be right (pun intended) about the things he says nowadays. Or had said. Because one accusation in the past about him being a “nazi” his channel Thulean Perspective has been just banned from Youtube.

The thing is: as we live in the world Politically Correct, SWJ’s (Social Justice Warriors, just  as in “METAL SUCKS”) feel good to accuse bands like Inquisition, Watain, Marduk and Burzum to be NAZIS. As I said, let’s NOT BE HYPOCRITES about the existence of NSBM, but do you really think that the aforementioned bands deserve the label? C’mon. Okay you’re from RABM, so the idiocy makes sense.

Hate speech is not cool. But who are the others to tell me or you what you can watch or read? I don’t like Marxism, but I want to be able to read Das Kapital. I don’t like Nazism, but I want to have the right to read Mein Kampf. Period.

That’s exactly the fallacy on Youtube new rules: the text says: We recognize some of this content has value to researchers and NGOs looking to understand hate in order to combat it, and we are exploring options to make it available to them in the future. (the entire text can be read here). In the subsequent phrase they say “context matters”. I really thought about that. For hours and I concluded: IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL.

Some of these days I saw (in the same Youtube, where else?) a comedian who said: I want to know who is a racist so I can have a chance to NOT BE(ING) FRIENDS WITH THAT GUY.

Let’s go to the point: if you think (or not) that Varg is a white supremacist is up to you, but to call off a channel like Thulean Perpective is to hush the artist himself, it is to take out the benefit of doubt. All of these seems beautiful but what’s the intention?

To limit the scope of you or me (or your BAND) can or cannot say is to give a power to one group only. Commies or American New-Left or Jewish People don’t have THAT KIND OF POWER. But they are consumers, Youtube gains its money by advertisement, advertisement is associated with a brand, a brand wants to be cool, being cool is to be the good guy in a word of intolerance. Let’s make a fast exercise: If nazis (I’m not saying Varg is one, that’s the WHOLE POINT of these illations) were greater in number and they could pay for the revenue of the companies who put their ads on Youtube, don’t you think the history would be totally different?

Which makes a comeback to the original question: who are the brain police? Youtube delegates to its algorithms what is good and what is bad. Given that Varg Vikernes is SUPPOSEDLY a white supremacist (a lie said one thousand times becomes a truth, a phrase by Joseph Goebbels, the infamous Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, a tactic that is used gladly by “anti-nazis”), the algorithm simply says: this can, this cannot. This kind of selection is literally brainless. Okay, you don’t like neo-nazis, white supremacists streaming their massacres on Christchurch (New Zealand), I get that. I hate to see animals being mistreated; I opt out always. But to accuse someone from another group simply  because this group doesn’t like a guy by saying: nazi, commie, fascist, is to negate the fact the Youtube opened a precedent to censor you, who want to talk about dolls. Yeah, a stupid example. Until some algorithm decided that a doll is not good for kids because some zealots decided that the said doll promotes hate, violence, political propaganda and pedophilia. That’s until somebody decides that the doll is old fashioned, now it’s time to persecute black metal artists. Until someone decides that black metal isn’t enough and heavy Metal and Rock should be banned. Until you can’t even read an opinion like this anymore. The Big Bother is bigger than ever. Heads up.

 

DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS, IT’S ABOUT MUSIC. IF POLITICS (AND POLICIES) MESS UP WITH MUSIC, SO IT IS A MUSICAL PROBLEM AND SHOULD BE ASSERTED.

 


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Axl/DC: because AC/DC is fucking dead.

First appearance in Lisbon showed the obvious: AC/DC is no more.

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(Axl Rose perfoms with Angus Young of AC/DC in Lisbon. Photograph: Roger Sargent/Getty Images)

Money talks, it really does. When the news about Axl Rose started circulating in the media that he was to be the front man of AC/DC people just laughed. True or not true, it was fun to read that on the interwebs after all. But the truth appears when the show begins.

AC/DC, one the greatest and most influential bands in the world made the big mistake of making a decadent rock star their singer. The losers (and I’m not being a bigot here, because I fucking love Portuguese people, I even speak Portuguese) were the people from Lisbon who witnessed a freakshow: Axl trying to imitate Brian Johnson and Bon Scott were (and is) ludicrous beyond belief. (Although the fans – more Axl fans than die-hard AC/DC fans were excited to see Axl/DC firing their Guns of Roses… I know the pun is terrible and so was the show)

Yeah, I know history: for years fans complained the Johnson was no Scott. Now I’m sure that they know they were pretty wrong on their point of view. If Brian is no Bon, Axl is not even ROCK.

Money really talks, and Angus Young is showing a clear message to his fans: c’mon, love me for the money.

Udo Dirkschneider would have been the perfect man for the post. But as it seems he’s not so famous and doesn’t attract more female fans as Axl Rose does. But if one had to choose the wrong side, hell, AC/DC should have picked Rihanna. Her music is terrible, but at least she has beautiful legs. Axl is chair bound because he broke a metatarsal. I didn’t know that metatarsal had anything to do with delivering a ridiculous performance.  

R.I.P. AC/DC.


(Daniel “Roderick” Death)

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The death of a Genius: R.I.P. Keith Emerson

The most influential keyboard player of the progressive music is gone.

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Keith Emerson, the genius of the power trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer died yesterday in Santa Monica, Ca. according to Fox News.

He was not only a fabulous player. Emerson, Lake & Palmer was maybe the hardest progressive rock group of all times. Save the insanity of Frank Zappa, the band created an aura of difficulty  that wasn’t only impossible to be aped, but their extreme complex compositions pushed me to the world of progressive rock when I was sole into true heavy metal. Before them I knew nothing about it. Maybe Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd were bands that produced more successes during their career, but E.L.P. (as much as King Crimson, whose first vocalist coincidentally was Greg Lake, the “Lake” in E.L.P.) made a name for themselves playing some complex numbers such as Tarkus, the opener track of the album of the same name. How crazier can music get?

It’s like one hundred keys of information per second, I don’t know if this even exists, but the impression was that Keith Emerson was a Newton of notes and he could repeat everything, at the same order if he was asked to. 

Says Carl Palmer about Emerson: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson. Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come,” Palmer wrote. “He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith.”

I know it has been a hard time for us rockers: David Bowie, Lemmy and now Keith Emerson. It’s the time that we start to perceive that our “eternal idols” are as mortals as us and nobody is coming to substitute them even though their “operas” are the corollary of their life. Time passes and so do us and our idols. Unfortunately this is another sad day for the music in the world. 

Fans can leave a tribute and condolences at E.L.P page on Facebook 


 

(Daniel “Roderick” Death)

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Okay, Dark Souls United blog is experiencing image problems: it simply cannot load images uploaded on WordPress directly. To bypass this issue, we are going to move all the previous images to an image host on internet in order to show the images (i.e. album covers) correctly. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for the comprehension. 


 

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One year without Jeff.

Remembering a fallen warrior!

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One year ago today Jeff Hanneman one of the warriors in charge of the Slayer‘s axework passed away leaving a legacy of blood for metal fans worldwide. His work and contribution was (and is) unfathomable for thrash metal, heavy metal and rock n roll in general. He helped to create the musical death machine that is Slayer today. But of course as everybody knows things disintegrated a little bit after his passing: Dave was sacked and Slayer confidence was lost amidst the most die hard fans. I myself have no problems with the new formation and their new song rocks as long as I’m concerned. But some people do. As if Jeff’s ghost hunts the chapel everywhere. But let’s not remember him as a ghost, but as the one of the best guitarists in the history of metal: may his legacy never been forgotten! 


(Daniel Death)

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