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I was raised by the wolves, ate ’til they full (I was raised by…), Runnin’ through the night, playin’ with your life, Go against the pack, that’s risking your life!

Today’s big black metal news is that boscage and boss riff enthusiasts WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have released another single from their highly anticipated Primordial Arcana record (due out August 20th, 2021 on Relapse Records (North America) and Century Media Records (outside of USA and Canada). They are always reliable but “Spirit Of Lightning” is maybe my favorite tune from them in awhile. There is just enough audible Bathory infused charm paired with harsh vocal perfection which seemingly attempts nothing less than to make some primal sense of existence and convey a reverence for the connective awe we can share through music, nature worship and deep diving into the collective unconscious. It all melds together into one of their catchiest and most emotion stirring songs yet.

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BLACK METAL RAINBOWS Kickstarter Launch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 1:34 PM (PST)

Book logo by https://www.lordofthelogos.com/

Taking a break from listening to TrueAnon Podcast roast the crap out of Elon Husk to tell you about some inspiring black metal news for your Pride and mine! Big Kickstarter launch today for a project that includes many people whom I admire and love, Black Metal Rainbows! Kickstarter launch for this project is HERE.

I can already hear D666 fans calling us pooftahs for posting this!

Black Metal Rainbows is a 400-page, full-color anthology of radical, queer, and leftist writings and artworks that uncover black metal as a genre of openness and inclusivity. 

Black metal is a paradox. A noisy underground metal genre brimming with violence and virulence, it has captured the world’s imagination for its harsh yet flamboyant style and infamous history involving arson, blasphemy, and murder. Today black metal is nothing less than a cultural battleground between those who claim it for nationalist and racist ends, and those who say: Nazi black metal fvck off!

Black Metal Rainbows is a radical new vision of black metal – a book like no other: a unique collection of stunning artworks and thought-provoking writings by a wide range of 80+ writers, artists, activists and visionaries, including Drew Daniel of Matmos/The Soft Pink Truth, Kim KellyHunter Hunt-Hendrix of LiturgyMargaret Killjoy of FeminazgulLaina Dawes of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy MetalEspi KvltCharles Forsman of The End of the Fucking WorldEugene S. Robinson of Oxbow, Svein Egil Hatlevik of Fleurety and Zweizz, an oral history of Dødheimsgard‘s album 666 International, a Tridroid Records label profile, and much more. 

Across essays and interviews, artworks and comics, this gorgeously-designed full-color book foregrounds black metal’s evolution and celebrates its long-term anti-authoritarian spirit. Black metal Rainbows is a necessary conversation-starter, a destroyer of gates and gatekeepers. Because beyond the clichés of grimness and hate, lies a musical genre rich in creativity, humor, and all the colors of the rainbow. We see black metal as open, inclusive, and unlimited: a musical genre whose vital spirit of total antagonism rebels against the forces of political conservatism. All hail the golden age of pluralistic black metal!

From the crypt to the cloud, Black Metal Rainbows unearths black metal’s sparkling core and illuminates its prismatic spectrum: deep within the black, far beyond grimness, and over a darkly glittering rainbow. Nothing is trve, and everyone is permitted. Long live black metal’s trve rainbow!

“Black Metal Rainbows? But of course! Behold a treatise of the unholiest order. These pages unravel the densely layered alchemy that is black metal, and its undeniable relationship to the rebellious queer spirit we as a community so desperately need to resurrect. Rainbow hails to all involved for digging deep and unearthing a fabulous piece of f^ggot witchery. May the seance begin!” Paul Masvidal, Cynic

 

“Despite being there in the moment during the ascent of the Venoms, the Bathorys, and the Hellhammers, I’ve tended to fidget warily from afar since black metal partly curdled into a mess of homogenized inhumanity. So, I welcome this collective liberating howl beyond the stereotypes of icy forests and puerile hatred. Bravo!” —Barney Greenway, Napalm Death

 

“Black metal is a fascinating genre—in part because of its complicated (and bloody) history but also because of the rigorous theory and deep thoughts buzzing around it. If you were to put together a perfect black metal book, one that captures that essential complexity while also providing historical and personal insights, it would be Black Metal Rainbows, a sprawling collection of essays, interviews, band and label profiles, and all kinds of art for both the true kvlt and the curious. It sets the new standard for how we should think about this music.” —Brandon Stosuy, The Creative Independent

 

“Black metal is the ultimate outsider musical genre, so it makes sense that us queers and weirdos would build a home within its barren fields. Black Metal Rainbows is a necessary anthology documenting the strong anti-oppressive backbone being woven into black metal’s very fabric.” KW Campol, Vile Creature

“Usually discussions related to black metal devolve into a mad-libs sameness: throw together “grim,” “obscure,” and a glancing reference to (anything) polar-adjacent, and somehow a complicated product of diverse personalities, locations, and influences are presumed to be adequately described and defined. When any field of creative activity is skeletonized down to a brief sketch or caricature, all the contradictions and the mess of human endeavor are leached out of the discussion, and the sameness and monolithic quality of our broader culture that black metal was deployed to resist, ultimately creeps its way back in. Black Metal Rainbows tries to re-center the conversation back into the messiness and contradictory impulses that make black metal a touch point for so many independent/disparate artists, writers, and others.” Banks Violette

 

“Somewhere in the distance, I can hear the keyboard warriors blubbering: ‘Mom, the pool’s dirty!’ But mom is too busy listening to Myrkur and slamming Mai Tais at the gay bar. Besides, she knows what the rest of us know: Black metal’s white bread phase is over. Black Metal Rainbows is all the colors of the dark.” —J. Bennett

 

“Groups that prize authority and enforce homogeneity are inherently vulnerable to dull extremism; a fascistic, fetishistic process as easily observed in such factions of black metal as in any church a banal black metal might burn. Of course the idea that art should belong only to one privileged class of people is as plunged in hubris as the idea of owning god. In shattering the flatly ludicrous and ludicrously flat illusion of black metal as some immutable orthodox mirror for white/western/cis/hetero/abled/male supremacists, Black Metal Rainbows is a milestone that we, as participants in disturbing said illusion and enthusiasts of punching upward in all its forms, can only celebrate.” Gazelle Amber Valentine, Jucifer

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Album Cover Art by Amjad Faur and Wolves in the Throne Room

Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana, their most majestic album to date, and their first release via Relapse Records (North America only) out August 20th.

Watch the “Mountain Magick” music video, directed by Wolves in the Throne Room, on YouTube HERE.

“Mountain Magick was shot in the northern reaches of the Olympic Mountains and the ancient forests that shroud the foothills. We wrote the story, created the costumes, shot the footage and did the editing ourselves, so it is a true product of our hearts and souls. Creating our own videos has been a long standing dream and now It’s very exciting to bring these Visions into the Cinematic Realm.”  

Primordial Arcana is the band’s first completely self-contained work: In addition to composition and performance, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver alongside guitarist Kody Keyworth handled all aspects of recording, producing and mixing at their own Owl Lodge Studios in the woods of Washington state.

Primordial Arcana is out August 20 on DLX 2xLP/2xLP/LP/CD/CS/Digital via Relapse Records (North America) and available through Century Media in Europe. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and the band HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming HERE.

Primordial Arcana super limited Deluxe 2LP boxset includes the deluxe 2LP featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” pressed on black inside translucent gold and tan half ‘n half with black, oxblood and olive green splatter housed in a deluxe boxset with gold foil stamping. Boxset also includes a 3′ x 3’ album art flag, a custom 12-sided dice set with velvet pouch, a 3.5″ embroidered patch and a die-cut medallion with chain. Exclusively available through Relapse.com and alternate vinyl colorway available direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore.

Primordial Arcana super limited, one time pressing Deluxe 2LP is cut at 45rpm featuring the bonus track “Skyclad Passage” not contained on the core 1LP album. North American colorways of this version available through Relapse.com and direct from the Wolves In The Throne Room webstore and live performances.

Primordial Arcana Tracklist:

  1. Mountain Magick
  2. Spirit of Lightning
  3. Through Eternal Fields
  4. Primal Cham (Gift of Fire)
  5. Underworld Aurora
  6. Masters of Rain and Storm
  7. Eostre
  8. Skyclad Passage (Bonus Track)

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s new album title Primordial Arcana is a reference to the band’s ongoing reach back to the most ancient, archetypal energies.

Leadoff track “Mountain Magick” sets the august tone with alpine guitar melodies cresting skyward in triumph.  “Spirit of Lightning” returns briefly to the earthly plane as a tribute to the human connections forged in music. Meanwhile, “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)” is an explosion of cosmic grandeur, a symphonic rendering of the hermetic maxim “as above, so below” as envisioned by Keyworth. In fact, Primordial Arcana is the first WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM record in which Kody was a part of the writing process from the start, so it benefits from his background in cosmic funeral doom.

Always uncompromising, Primordial Arcana sees WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM stay true to their unique vision. An album born out of the DIY ethos, Primordial Arcana proves to be the band’s most genuine and focused. One of the year’s most ambitious recordings, Primordial Arcana cements WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s legacy as one of US Black Metal’s most daring, unique, and quintessential bands.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Is:

Nathan Weaver – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Aaron Weaver – Drums/Synth/Voice
Kody Keyworth – Vocals/Guitar

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Swedish black metal cultists Wormwood have announced a new release date for their upcoming record Arkivet:

“Due to the spring’s problems in the Suez Canal and Covid-19, we unfortunately have to announce that the Arkivet release will be postponed. This is because the vinyl pressing plant hasn’t been able to deliver on time, due to a lack of materials from the factories.

This is terribly sad news for us, but unfortunately beyond our ability to speed up. The new release date is set for August 27th. We apologize to all of you who have pre-ordered the album, but urge you to wait another month. It will be worth it.”

Pre-order the album here.

Arkivet tracklisting:

“The Archive”
“Overgrowth”
“End Of Message”
“My Northern Heart”
“Ensamheten”
“The Slow Drown”
“The Gentle Touch Of Humanity”

“The Archive” video, a moody and compelling piece, can be seen below:

SVART records signees I Am The Night have released a chilling yet seductive video for the pummeling and dark “Hear Me O’ Unmaker” track. The group have very old school black metal influences with strong original material and arguably quite a bit more polish which nonetheless does not detract from the rage.

The band release new mini LP on June 11th 2021.

The group consists of a wide pool of talent, Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum), Janne Markkanen (ex-Omnium Gatherum), Okko Solanterä and Walteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost, Bodom After Midnight).

“Black metal art has been a continuous and serious pursuit in my personal life since my early teenage years”, explains guitarist Vanhala, and he continues; “In The Nightside Eclipse, Storm Of The Light’s Bane and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas opened the gate to the dark side for me years ago, as can be heard from the music we make with I Am The Night.”

Some things are better left alone and not changed once perfect (for example, when Marvel in the obnoxious AXIS event stupidly retconned The Scarlet Witch’s origins again as not a mutant and instead we find out later she is a pet project of the High Evolutionary’s dumb experiments. Fuck off. I want her back as Magneto’s kin, way more impactful). While many bands in black metal have experimented with core sounds and principles to great or even superior results in an ongoing process of discovery, there is nothing quite like the original sonic influences done right! It just rings true on some bleak level.

Vanhala states that: “Our debut record, the result of a yearning for ancient darkness, turned out to be just the time capsule we wanted it to be, far removed from modern metal. I’ve seldom found anything interesting in post nineties Black Metal. We wanted to realize this in the underground way that felt fitting to the music, and chose to work with Svart Records.”

Awenden and Feminazgul split is out now

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 5:00 AM (PST)

When I purchased the digital version of the Awenden/Feminazgul split (out today) via Tridroid I got extra good temperance karma because there was only one copy of the limited first edition tape version of the release left but I left it for some other lucky metalhead.

I hit play on “Sam Slater Lighting Candles” earlier and fell into the lush and drifting opening sounds like Alice down the rabbit hole. A lot of us have been really crossing our fingers this inspired split (from two of the current most actually relevant bands in black metal) was really happening. Stop pinching yourselves, comrades. Or pinch harder? Either way… it is here and lives entirely up to the low key, best kept secret buzz that preceded the arrival of this release. Meredith Yayanos theremin power is never a bad thing!

So yeah, dig into this and get the foul taste of Belphegor using homophobic slurs out of your mind and into the dustbin where hate speech belongs. A better world is indeed possible.

Heavy metal provocateurs Darkthrone have been many styles, but always devoted to the metal. Now a new album is expected entitled Eternal Hails. With a title like that it is a safe bet they have not switched to Weird Al style polka comedy medleys (though I bet Fenriz could pull that off).

We look forward to another masterpiece from these grim heroes of the underground resistance.

ETERNAL HAILS –THE NEW DARKTHRONE STUDIO ALBUM – COMING 25TH JUNE
PRE-ORDERS START WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL

“Five heavy dinosaurs looking in wonder and bewilderment at the stars” Fenriz

His Master`s Voice [07:17]
Hate Cloak [09:16]
Wake of the Awakened [08:24]
Voyage to a North Pole Adrift [09:24]
Lost Arcane City of Uppakra [07:02]
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Metal has long had dalliances with Tolkien lore in the long shadow cast by Zeppelin’s Middle Earth appreciation. Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth,  Ephel Dúath and many more (including of course even the highly problematic Burzum) have names or themes inspired by Mordor or other realms. Recently the highly entertaining Gimli, Son Of Gloin project has been getting some buzz/traction. Now we have the new lyric video from Cuban black metal pioneers Mephisto off their Pentafixion release to add to the list of metal thus inspired. The band Mephisto was founded in September 1997 in the city of Holguín, Cuba and blend orchestral and other metal influences into their tapestry of darkness.

Mephisto are:

Osney Cardoso Riaño -Vocals
Alexander Jorge Parra – Bass
Kevin Chaperón – Guitars
Fabián F. Rodríguez González – Guitars
David Leonardo Nieves Naranjo – Drums

We’re stoked today to help spread the dark anti-gospel of Italian black metal act XEPER‘s new release Ad Numen Satanae. While the Garden of Eden snake on the cover art does kind of look like a lovable if mischievous missing cast member from The Land Before Time series wandered into a hot and heavy moment between Adam and Eve whilst innocently seeking a tree star, this record is actually pretty evil. Spare but crisp production meets sophisticated but molten black and coldly focused dark path passion. It is a cleaner sound than some early wave BM fans will like but to my ears it is a great blend of classic aesthetics and more sophisticated musicianship.

The album will be available on CD and digitally via Soulseller Records on February 26th 2021. The vinyl release follows on May 7th.

XEPER was formed in 2007 in Treviso / Italy by guitarist Guh.Lu, best known as a former member of bands such as Setherial or Impiety and currently as the bass player of Gorgoroth. The project features musicians from the worldwide Black Metal scene like V. Einride (Whoredom Rife) on drums, Maelstrom on vocals and guest appearances of the great Blasphemer (Vltimas, ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), Mantus (Patria) and various others.


Artwork by Marcelo Vasco.

Tracklist:

1. Fiat Interitus

2. The Hidden Genesis

3. Under The Will Of Satan

4. Riding The Spiral Of Lilith

5. Purity And Death

6. Snake That Brought The Flame

7. Ad Numen Satanae

 

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ABBATH enters the studio

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:08 AM (PST)

Good news for black metal hellions today as ABBATH announces the band have entered the studio:

In the beginning of February, we have entered Dub Studio in Kristiansand with producer Endre Kirkesola to record what will be the third ABBATH -Official- album. The record is due later this year and promises to be everything you have learned to love about ABBATH’s music and then some.

Expect to be blown away, this is some of the best material we’ve written so far – hard, heavy, catchy and huge. The best of all worlds.
More details of the release will be posted soon, stay tuned for updates.
Photo credits: Endre Kirkesola

On 4/30 Norwegian respected underdogs VREID will release their ninth album via Season Of Mist. The conceptual record is called Wild North West and will also feature a companion film. You can watch a teaser trailer of sorts below today. The cover for Wild North West was created by Remi Juliebø (Deformat Design).

Tracklist:
1. Wild North West (05:23)
2. Wolves at Sea (05:14)
3. The Morning Red (05:42)
4. Shadows of Aurora (05:20)
5. Spikes of God (04:10)
6. Dazed and Reduced (04:55)
7. Into the Mountains (05:20)
8. Shadowland (09:53)
Total: 0:49:23

VREID songwriter and bass player Jarle Hváll Kvåle comments: “Ever since February 2020, we have been working like hell on this new project. The only short break was when we hosted the livestream from my mountain farm last summer. This project has become all-consuming, and the hours we put into it is just insane. Most of the music was written during winter/early spring least year, and lyrically I started to work on this concept story. Then, me and movie producer Håvard Nesbø who did the lyric videos for ‘Lifehunger’ and produced our livestream started talking about taking things further. I brought up this wild idea of doing a series of music videos, one for each song and then build these together as a movie. A movie that is the actual album. Håvard who has no limits on his lunacy jumped on board, and we never looked back.

“This became the most creative adventure I have ever worked on. The whole process of writing music, recording and mixing it, writing lyrics, making the script for the movie, the actual filming and editing it and working on the design all got tangled up in one twisted world, where all these elements influenced and colored each other. It’s given a whole new dimension to our art. The result is ‘Wild North West’. This as DIY as it gets, and it’s OUR story.

“With ‘Wild North West’ we have the whole legacy in our backpack, but with new adventures and visions fulfilled. From the most extreme and intense we have ever done to a heavy and melodic world where we open new doors. VREID‘s origin is rooted in the blend of the aggressive 80ies metal, the grooving 70ies heavy rock and the northern black metal of the 90ies. This is our DNA and this is the spirit of Sognametal.

“Welcome to the Wild North West.”

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Stream YAOTL MICTLAN’s “Búho Lanzadardos” HERE.

 

BrooklynVegan presents “Búho Lanzadardos,” the new single from Salt Lake City, Utah indigenous black metal outfit, YAOTL MICTLAN. The song is a precursor for the band’s impending third full-length release, Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar, nearing release through American Line Productions at the end of October.

 

YAOTL MICTLAN drummer Yaotl tells the story of their new song, writing, “The track ‘Búho Lanzadardos'” (Spearthrower Owl), starts with a minute long indigenous instrumentation intro that sends the listener back to the Mesoamerican past when war, rituals, royal bloodlines, and city-states were a part of life in Ancient Mexico. We collaborated with our good friend Mazatecpatl who recorded the intro for this track in his hometown of Guadalajara Mexico. This song is a tribute to Spearthrower Owl ruler of the ancient central Mexican city Teotihuacan in the year 378, who sent an army lead by Born of Fire to march across Mesoamerica to overtake the most powerful Mayan city-state at the time called Tikal in Guatemala. 1,642 years later you can still witness Born of Fire and Spearthrower Owl’s legacy in the ruins of Tikal and several other Mayan ruins in buildings that they commissioned with central Mexican gods like Tlaloc plastered and carved into them.”

 

Hear YAOTL MICTLAN’s “Búho Lanzadardos” now only through BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.

 

Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar will see release next Friday, October 30th on CD and digital formats through Mexico City’s American Line Productions. Find digital preorders at Bandcamp HERE and CD preorders at the label webshop HERE.

 

YAOTL MICTLAN – which translates into “Warrior(s) from the land of the Dead” in the Mexican language Nahuatl – delivers their most epic material to date on Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar. Focusing on a deeper Mesoamerican mysticism feel with this album, the eight new songs transport the listener into the band’s immersive, ethnic, blackened metal vision. Amid the searing riffs and hammering metal attack, beautiful auras and melodies meet with traditional and pre-Hispanic instrumentation.
Symphonic metal horror masters CARACH ANGREN are proud to announce their collaboration with DC comics for the new series “Dark Nights: Death Metal.” The first episode is out now and features the band’s new song, “Skull with a Forked Tongue,” which is taken from their latest full length ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus.‘ The episode can be seen at THIS LOCATION.

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In case you have missed it! Check out the first promotional episode of DC Comics' Dark Knights: Death Metal OST featuring one of our new songs! Link in Bio! "From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates. Credits: Story by Scott Snyder Art by Greg Capullo Directed by Tyler Bates Edited by Lorena Perez Batista Batman – Andy Biersack The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe Score by Tyler Bates Drums by Dave Lombardo Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde Mixed by Robert Carranza “Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren"

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About the series:
From DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal; based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Original Score by Tyler Bates.Credits:
Story by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Directed by Tyler Bates
Edited by Lorena Perez Batista
Batman – Andy Biersack
The Batman Who Laughs, The Joker – Charles Fleischer
Wonder Woman – Chelsea Wolfe
Score by Tyler Bates
Drums by Dave Lombardo
Guitar FX by Zakk Wylde
Mixed by Robert Carranza
“Skull with a Forked Tongue” by Carach Angren”

Franckensteina Strataemontanus‘ is out NOW and can be streamed, downloaded, and/or purchased HERE.

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Actually being trans is more metal than pretending to be a cosmic blackened fuckboi

So as of now for the immeasurable future while I am running this site we will not be covering ANY artists on Agonia Records. We have heaped resounding praise on many of their artists before. Some of my legit favorite metal bands are on the label. Forgotten Tomb, Centinex, Varathron, Hail Spirit Noir…sorry, take it up with your label. In Mourning even made our top albums of 2019 last year. But I am not doing shit to help promote a label that signs a band who have been accused of unrepentant transphobia against a former band member, Vis Crom aka Melissa Moore. Now there is an attempted very slight rebranding going on, which one Facebook comment noted was akin to IHOP changing a letter.

Moore has issued a new and more detailed account of her firing from Absu and a screenshot of a phone call that appears to show Russ being a complete gaslighting piece of shit. It is so disgusting it makes me want to throw up.

Proscriptor aka Russ Givens and Ezezu aka Paul Williamson are transphobes who threw me out of Absu like a piece of trash because I’m trans. This is not the whole story, I’m just starting it here right now…it’s really hard and painful for me. I need to find a way to talk about this in more detail. If they just recorded a full new 12 song album that’s none of my business, but it’d be incredibly disappointing to learn that after kicking me out they still used my playing and songs. I hope that’s not the case. During our final tour in 2017 I told my bandmates that I’m trans. This was the moment everything changed between us. I didn’t ask them to call me a different name or use different pronouns. I just let them know I was trans, and that’s it. They started treating me like a pariah. Like, they didn’t even want to share a hotel room with me. I figured their obvious negativity would resolve itself once the realization had time to settle. Nothing was different about my performance in the band or my quality as a person. Shortly after that, Russ fired me in a text message (attached). When he references “your decision” he’s talking about my “decision” to transition. After receiving this text I called Russ back and told him he couldn’t use my playing or my songs on the album we just recorded. His response: “Uh, why?” I said, “First tell me why you fired me,” and his response was “You fired yourself…with your decision”.

You’re legacy, Russ? Friends don’t guilt other friends for being trans, asshole. How about the fact that it isn’t edgy or esoteric to be a transphobic cis dude? WTF is cool and magical about that? Literally nothing. It is incel reddit garbage.

ANYONE ought to find that offensive but as a Demiflux person I super find it offensive. Here is a great article for anyone reading this who might be inclined to write ,”science doesn’t care about your feelings.”

We are in no way obligated to platform bands that are unapologetic about messed up shit or labels who think it is cool to deflect looking at these concerns. There can be restorative justice in the world and scene but this sure as fuck aint it. And the label DELETING my comments about it on their IG post below SURE AS Hell didn’t make me less inclined to write this article, morons!

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Agonia Records today confirms the signing of the new, Texas-based “mythological occult metal” act Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû (@officialabsu). The debut/self-titled album’s release date is to be announced in the latter portion of 2020. When drummer/vocalist Proscriptor (Russ R. Givens) dissolved Absu on January 27th 2020, his main intention was to splinter the 30-year old faction into a renewed songwriting concord. Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû is the obvious by-product of that chemical breakdown and securing the ranks is continuing bassist/vocalist Ezezu and new guitar virtuoso Vaggreaz. #proscriptormcgovernsapsû #absu #apsû #apsu #occultmetal #mythologicalmetal #blackmetal #usblackmetal #zemial #rosstheboss #possessed #auranoir #vltimas #agressor #agatus #zbigniewbielak #jtlongoria #karldanielliden #thrashmetal #deathmetal #heavymetal #barathrumvitriol #TheSunofTiphareth #TheThirdStormofCythraul #Tara #InTheEyesOfIoldanach #Abzu #tracklisting #newalbum

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An important new pro equality comp has been released today for metal fans. 31 tracks from Falls of Rauros, Woe, Panopticon, Outlaw Order, Cloud Rat, Krieg, Uprising, Throne Of Blood, Hag Graef, Nechochwen and many more. OVERGROW TO OVERTHROW is extensive and awesome. Plenty of music here to zone out to and feel like the world and metal want to be a better place. Very cool.

Love the Evil Queen Bavmorda pigs sample in the Thou song. Doom’s track is probably my favorite.

Between this and the ferocious new Of Wolves album , metal heads have a good start to an anti-4th partying soundtrack.

Voices from across the Metal and Punk spectrum have united to not only speak out against racism and in support of those who are in the streets actively demonstrating, but work to actively support a fight that all of us must take on.

Digital only. All proceeds to support:
• Black Lives Matter – Over-arching movement to combat racism and fight for social justice in the US and Canada.
• Life After Hate – A nonprofit in the US that seeks to combat racism by providing resources to help people leave racist movements, as well as help de-radicalize violent Far Right extremists.

PS While you are here, please also read this Jacobin article I found today about how we need to SHUT DOWN the School Of The Americas/WHINSEC permanently. 

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