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“I Won’t Prove” it track art/lyrics from Portland’s Emasculator’s Threatening Visibility (2015)

A few years ago I released a Walking Bombs album with Nefarious Industries called Sphinges, Sibling Selves and Queens (which just turned 2). It had three or four songs on it that directly discussed my gender journey and one song in particular that was really intense to create and was very screamy and cathartic by the end. It felt vulnerable but also profound to be out in my truth and unashamed and forcing confidence on myself to carry a shield and boldly present it to the world, regardless of reaction. I am glad I had the strength. And I don’t blame anyone for any stops or starts or different approaches to their own journey or lack thereof.

That said, after feeling the huge range of emotions that goes along with fucking spilling your guts about your gender to a cold fucking world, I know how helpful it can feel as a trans spectrum punk/metalhead to have other tunes to rock out with that are pro trans. So here are some links to a few songs or records that I am taking refuge in lately as a non binary person.

For awhile all anyone talked about the last few years was G.L.O.S.S. (who were awesome, no shade). “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From The Future)” remains a total anthemic raging bop, in particular. It is just nice to also see more discourse these days about a lot more trans inclusive artists and more presence in the underground in general, from Feminazgul to mighty Doomstress to Cliterati to Underdark to Sonja to Dreamwell. 

Speaking of Melissa and Sonja, I had a really fun time laughing with her the other night about trans-morphed classic punk song names (“Gimme Gimme Puberty Blockers”) and encourage everyone to PLEASE support the awesome Toxic Femme.

Of course on a wider stage you also have Life Of Agony and Against Me! with very visible trans members. And I miss Cretin a lot. Stranger is so fucking brutal, a perfect blend of proto grind, death metal tightened chaos. Marissa Martinez remains inspiring.

I was thrilled to learn of the band Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T. freaking the fucking shit out of dumb fuck conservatives after the Wi Spa nightmare and their recent Queerpocalypse endeavors.

“Panic Defence” by Pupil Slicer is on one of my favorite albums of the year that will def be on my year end list and is a great example of allyship, as well as just a fucking crushing jam/ extreme music beacon. This band goes hard.

Portland’s Emasculator, not to be confused with my friend Mallika Sundaramuthy’s post Castrator upcoming project, have a pretty brilliant and definitely North West punky crusty rioty hybrid sound which screams DIY shows and zines and meaning every word. I only recently discovered their brilliant track “I Won’t Prove It” and am super enjoying it.

The song is the last track on their Threatening Visibility 2015 release and I literally stumbled across it today, drawn by some gender warp magnetic force. Thank you, oh great non binary Universal forces! Really love the textures and sense of unease but powering through drive and eventual confidence found in the song as well as a sense of outside forces encroaching through dogma. The distorted momentum is addictive.

‘endless doubting/relentless questions/you second guessing my experience is so atrocious.’

Andras and Demeter Wept in the very productive lo-fi black metal wonders Cultum Draculesti have been really inspiring me lately with their awesome music and unabashed demand for trans respect and reparations as well.

Their self titled album in particular is raw and beautiful and vampiric in all the ways I like.

Liturgy’s Origin Of The Alimonies I also have to mention as perhaps the most mind expanding and intense of all the Liturgy releases as well as one of the most forward thinking triumphs and musical statements that will hopefully have aliens think we weren’t all shit if they ever find our smoldering remnants and somehow a copy of it remains in the future post-apocalypse once some vines and trees grow back, etc. ala The 100.

The record I maybe have listened to the most out of the trans friendly releases this year however is Dun Pageant from Seed. This record is just painfully stark and beautiful like an alienated lullaby, melodic and jarring akin somewhat to the tension and release of Big ‡ Brave. Out of all of the above (besides Against Me!, obvs…) I could see it reaching the most people if given half a push/chance by the music industry and society. It feels like a lost banshee telephoning in via Ley Lines to warn us that the 90’s didn’t push hard enough for inclusivity.

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Bandcamp to support Trans Rights next Friday

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Bandcamp has released a statement announcing that they are doing a fantastic pro trans rights campaign this week:

This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, we will donate 100% of our share of the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center, who support and protect trans rights on multiple fronts. Please read more about why we’re doing this, and help us spread the word. 

As two of our writers are trans (myself included), it means a lot to us. I am starting my transition and am crowd funding HERE if you would care to support. I have found some love and support from various parts of the metal community (shout out to Karyn Crisis, My friend Drew Smerdon who was in Merauder and Unbalanced, Mina Caputo , Hammercult and Blake Judd for being extra awesome and supportive when I told them), but it would be a lie to say it feels like society as a whole is accepting. As Bandcamp elaborates:

Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.

In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.

A few great recent releases or just damn good purchases I would recommend for you music lovers are:

Cretin‘s Stranger.

Downtown BoysCost Of Living 

Car Bomb‘s Meta

Astari Night‘s Dreams Of Majesty 

Less Art‘s Strangled Light

or whatever your heart fancies. Just get something.

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Album Review: Cretin – “Stranger”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM (PST)

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For all the bs in the scene from misogynists, homophobes and racists, it’s nice to get back to music that just slays. But wait, Cretin‘s first album in years Stranger features a transgender singer! Uh oh. Better not listen! Might get cooties, right? Well, if that’s your thinking I can assure you that you are an idiot and that this record rips harder than anything. The vocals sound like friggin’ Brutal Truth at their best and the band fire on all cylinders mercilessly. Think Fuck The Facts meets even a tiny bit of Kreator and lots of early Napalm/Extreme Noise Terror. This album for Relapse is a beast.

“Honey and Venom” is the standout track, ferocious and with some air raid dive bomb soloing thrown into the insano-grind.Elizabeth Schall’s solos on the title track especially are also red hot. With the aforementioned Brutal Truth packing it in this November overseas, it is super great Cretin are back to fill the gaping grind void. I can’t honestly recommend this record enough. It pulverizes. Song titles like “Freakery”, “How to wreck your life in 3 days” and “Sandwhich For The Attic Angel” keep things fun even while the music is ballistic. “…Attic Angel” in particular has such a brutal intro bassline courtesy of Matthew Widener’s vomiting rig. And “Ghost Of Teeth And Hair” is the most disturbing song in metal about twins (“they say I ate you in the womb, that mom had no room”) since Cephalic were doing their whole “conjoined twins at war” stuff for Lucid Interval (still my fave from those dudes). Fucking mosh.

Cretin enter the studio

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM (PST)

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California death metallers Cretin are entering the studio to begin work on their sophomore effort.

The album is due out this fall via Relapse Records and will be the bands first new material in eight years.

Check out comments from Cretin bassist Matt Widener on the project here.

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