While brains reel from the moronic false equivalency that rappers are “bullied by the Gay community” (according to T.I.), let me just ask if I imagined “No Vaseline” being critically acclaimed for years despite how problematic it always was? Or Army Of The Pharaohs being basically unlistenable to me due to how many times the songs say F++got. If you want to use a genre that is inherently supposed to be anti-bigotry to spew insecure, weak projected cis het toxic masculinity, see a fucking therapist. It’s 2021, enough bullshit.
Underdark finally have released their Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry opus, which felt at times like it would never arrive! Five sturdy tunes from the anti-fascist black metal collective full of atmosphere, dark grace and hope for a better world! What’s not to love? The distortion will knock you backwards and the compositions are very well arranged with never a drop of feeling sacrificed. And they aren’t narcissistic draconian conservative edgelord bootlickers misdirected into thinking they are rebels! Always a plus in black metal! And that cover art is stunning.
By the time you get through the numerous explosive, heart rending moments to the climactic dirge of “Skeleton Queen” your jaw will be on the floor.
For Vinyl/CS/ Digital Downloads, Please visit:
Surviving Sounds (UK): survivingsounds.bandcamp.com
Through Love Records (Euro): shop.throughloverec.com
Tridroid Records US/CAN): tridroid.bandcamp.com
Also out today of course is the essential new King Woman album Celestial Blues, which I couldn’t possibly gush about more. It is truly a divine day for groundbreaking and imaginative, soul-stirring heavy releases. You can read my review of Celestial Blues right here, five out of five stars. Fucking Hell, I’d give it more if our site module was designed that way, lol. Kris and company deserve all the props in the world for how real they go into places many fear to tread, genuine shadow work shit. The way out is through. Fucking unreal levels of awesome. “Golgotha” and “Morning Star” ALONE as a two song 7″ would already be two of the most memorable songs of any year, compelling vocal layering paired with sophisticated musical choices creating massive results.
These two records are two of my absolutely most stoked for releases for 2021 and I am thrilled they have arrived to make life more bearable, especially after a week where we had so much loss in the metal and rock world. Forward, march.