Entries tagged with: Krallice
by Doug Moore
Members are consist of 3 vocals; the ugliest rock star Psychic Yamanashi whose voice is nothing but annoying. Another vocal is Death voice from wood cutter Mongoloid who is very manly with secret naive heart. Mysterious Opera voice from beastly monster Velladon. They are backed by 3 strings; Punk and Classic, Progressive, also by piano, twin guitars, base, broadcasting. Main drum is skillful Chikada famous of World's end girlfriend, and support drum is Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins. There are Toyohito Yoshida from BOREDOMS as a guardian god.If you're not familiar, Japan's Vampillia are an extremely odd offshoot of the legendary noise/punk band Boredoms -- the anything-goes chaotic vibe is similar, but Vampillia focuses more heavily on pomp and theatricality. You can check out the thoroughly weird video they produced in advance of their upcoming SXSW performance below. They've also toured with the likes of Jarboe and Nadja; you can hear their excellent recorded collaboration with the latter below as well.
--Vampillia band bio
Vampillia will be returning to SXSW for the third time this year, and they'll be putting in a number of other live appearances during their time in the country as well. Three of them will be in New York City. First, they'll play at Silent Barn on March 8 alongside Mick Barr (playing a rare 'slow' solo set), Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon. Two days later, they'll play Death By Audio on March 10, along with Colin Marston, Geryon, & Mossenek, which is Barr's collaboration with vocalist Chuck Bettis. (Mossenek have an upcoming release on American Tapes; they also have a full-length and a Japanese tour w/ Nadja and Vampillia in the works.) Since Geryon features both members of Krallice's rhythm section and both Marston and Barr hold down guitar spots in the band, their entire lineup will be performing...separately. How often does that happen?
Vampillia will put in one more NYC appearance after SXSW -- they're playing the Knitting Factory on March 16, along with Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum, Zarigani$, Happy, & Starmarie, as part of the "Japan Nite" tour (which also includes an appearance at Athens's Slingshot Festival). Tickets are available.
UPDATE: Vampillia also play NYC on March 7 at Trans-Pecos with Guardian Alien (ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox's band), G Lucas Crane and Brian Chase; and March 9 at Pianos with Leah Lazonick, Snowday, England in 1819, and Three Thousand Rivers.
Mick Barr also has a third NYC show coming up -- March 21 at Secret Project Robot, alongside Ornament & Total Life, both of which are offshoots of the experimental unit Growing.
Check out the aforementioned Vampillia jams and the list of all of their currently announced dates below...
by Doug Moore
Geryon at the Acheron (more by Fred Pessaro)
If you keep tabs on live metal in NYC, you're probably already familiar with Geryon, the guitar-free death metal duo (yes, for real) featuring Krallice/Castevet bassist Nick McMaster and his Krallice bandmate Lev Weinstein on drums. The band has been gigging with increasing regularity since early 2012; they've played with The Body, Dysrhythmia, Zevious, Behold...The Arctopus, Child Abuse, and Mutilation Rites since June. However, until now they've had no official recorded material.
We're featuring their self-titled debut on Invisible Oranges this morning (it's also streaming in full below). From our writeup:
"Death metal without guitars" is not an inherently appealing concept. Fortunately, Astomatous were an unconventional death metal band in the first place. Their basic approach has remained the same: dissonant, Gorguts/Immolation-referencing riffs that sync up with or push back against Weinstein's forceful blasts. McMaster has picked up a few tricks during his time in the fertile NYC progressive metal scene, where he's also taken up with Castevet for their excellent new album. He fills up a lot of space by himself, largely avoiding palm mutes and instead stacking up piles of hand-cramping chords and slides. The bare-bones lineup leaves these songs feeling texturally sparse at times, but that's part of the point -- it exposes the harmonic richness of McMaster's playing.Check out the rest of the writeup over on IO.
by Doug Moore
Marston, shredding at Public Assembly last year (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Colin Marston is the hardest-working metal musician in New York City, which, to paraphrase The Big Lebowski, puts him in the running for hardest-working worldwide. Marston has released music with no fewer than four (crazy complex) bands during the past year-ish: Dysrhythmia, Krallice, Behold The Arctopus, and Gorguts, who recently played Hopscotch Fest and who joined Invisible Oranges on the September 3 edition of our East Village Radio show. Marston also released a little-noticed but amazing solo album under the name Indricothere earlier this year.
But all that evidently isn't enough for Marston, because he's released another Indricothere album directly to Bandcamp. Though past Indricothere albums have been solidly in his tech/prog-metal wheelhouse, his new effort XI travels substantially off his shred-beaten path. We've got a full writeup over at Invisible Oranges, but here's an excerpt:
Even for a musician of his breadth, this new effort is a curveball...Marston has followed in Gorguts/Dysrhythmia bandmate Kevin Hufnagel's footsteps and released an entire album of textural music. There are no strings or drums on XI; if there are, they're not clearly discernible. We're treated instead to slow-shifting synths and shimmering textures; the chord progressions proceed gracefully, and with only a little of the tension that usually colors Marston's compositions.Stream XI in full below.
by Fred Pessaro
Krallice at Saint Vitus, April 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Heavy heavy weekend of shows kick off tonight, featuring appearances from Malignancy/MOD, Krallice, Night Birds/Omegas, Descendents and so much more in addition to notable noise shows like Hair Police. Its going to be a nice weekend, so get out to the shows! For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
If you missed it, in the past couple weeks on InvisibleOranges we interviewed Mike IX from Eyehategod; reviewed the new Exhaustion demo; followed Deafheaven on their current tour; posted the new Oathbreaker, Exhumed and The Secret videos; streamed material from Coffins, Carcass, Kayo Dot, Twilight of the Gods, Cardiac Arrest/Mutant Supremacy, Lustmord, Mammoth Grinder, Unkind and Villains; reviewed Martyrdoom; welcomed Mike Hill of Tombs and Robert Nelson/Owen Rundquist of collective Mutant Supremacy/Trenchgrinder/Skullshitter/Anicon fame to our East Village Radio show; and caught Wrekmeister Harmonies in their native Chicago.
Gorguts at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
As discussed, Gorguts will return with Colored Sands, the band's new LP due on September 3 on Season of Mist. Besides being the first Gorguts LP in a dozen years, Colored Sands is the first with the new lineup of Luc LeMay with Colin Marston (Krallice/Behold the Arctopus/Dysrhthmia/etc), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia/Vaura/etc) and John Longstreth (Dim Mak/Origin).
Check out a pair of new tracks from their forthcoming LP below.
by Fred Pessaro
The Body at The Acheron last night (more by Fred Pessaro)
On their way out of recording three LPs in a row at Machines with Magnets in Providence, The Body played the first of two NYC shows at The Acheron last night (6/9). Mutilation Rites and Geryon, the latter of which features half of Krallice, provided support for the evening and you can check out more pictures and video from that show at Invisible Oranges.
The Body do it again at The Acheron tonight (6/10, tickets). Post-everything instrumental trio Sannhet provides direct support along with Theologian and Hasj (mems Bad Dream and Trenchgrinder).
Krallice at Saint Vitus in April (more by Fred Pessaro)
Krallice will play an all-ages event at Public Assembly on July 14, joined by support from Vaura, Psalm Zero (mems Extra Life & Castevet) and MV Carbon. The show is the only Krallice show on deck, and the last show in the back room at Public Assembly until the fall due to upcoming renovatiosn. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Vaura will enter Colin Marston's studio to record the follow-up to their Selenelion LP. Look for that to surface this fall on Profound Lore.
Vaura frontman Josh Strawn has been busy with personal endeavors, Azar Swan and now another new project Vain Warr. The band, the name of which is derived from Milton's Paradise Lost, are preparing to release a pair of songs via Sacrement. Look for the Sanford Parker-mixed Deadline Season to see the light of day this summer.
Azar Swan isn't slouching either, readying a new single for Pendu's Single Series, and scheduling a local show as well, this time with LA goth-electronic band Bestial Mouths. Look for the pair to team up for a show at Glasslands on July 15. Tickets are on sale, and you can stream some Bestial Mouths material below.
Stream fromAzar Swan, Bestial Mouths and Vaura are below.
Absu at Saint Vitus last night (more by Caroline Harrison)
Absu completed their second night at Saint Vitus last night (4/11) joined by support from Tombs in four-piece formation (with guitarist Garret of Wetnurse/Flourishing and bassist Ben of Woe). Like the night prior with guests Krallice, it was in celebration of twenty years as a band, hitting material from across their discography. More pictures and a review from the show are over at InvisibleOranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Absu last night with the double invisible oranges (more by Fred Pessaro)
Currently celebrating 20 years on Earth, otherworldly "mythological occult metal" trio Absu played their first of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus last night (4/10), joined by Brooklyn's own Krallice. The band performed a ninety-plus minute set that covered their entire output, and closed with a special appearance from honcho/drummer Proscriptor stepping from behind the kit to act as a frontman. Pictures, video and the setlist from last night are at InvisibleOranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Absu at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
For my money, one of the best black metal bands in the US will play NYC tonight at Saint Vitus, the first of a two-night stay for the "mythological occult metal" band Absu. Krallice will provide support tonight (4/10) and Tombs tomorrow (4/11). As discussed, the shows will feature two sets from the band that will span the entirety of their career. Tickets are still available for both nights OR you can take your chances at trying to win a pair for each! Details on the contest are below.
Contest details, a stream of the band's classic, Tara, and remaining dates are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Vektor at Saint Vitus, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Awwww, how romantic! Spend Valentine's Day with your significant other checking out some progressive thrash by none other than Vektor. The Philly crew is preparing to hit the road for a string of dates and will team with Behold... The Arctopus for a show at Saint Vitus on February 14. Tickets are on sale. Full tour schedule for Vektor is below.
In related news, Colin Marston is also busy with Krallice, who have a show coming up as well. The band will celebrate the vinyl release of Years Past Matter with special guests Sacristy and Imperial Triumphant at Acheron on March 2. Tickets are on sale.
All Vektor dates and some streams by Krallice & Vektor are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
by Laina Dawes
Matt Pike's High on Fire
Writer/photographer Laina Dawes has just released her new book, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. The book recounts her journey as a black woman in heavy metal and examines these genres with respect to racial and gender issues. Its a fascinating read, and available now via Bazillion Points. Reccommended.
Laina has seen her fair share of shows this year and as such, we asked her to chime in on her favorites of 2012. Her thoughts and photos are below.
Behold the Arctopus, winner of the best band photo ever
Though BTA have no tour dates on tap, Dysrhythmia (featuring Colin Marston) are currently touring their little (blackened) hearts out. Look for the band to hit Public Assmebly on 11/17 as part of a show with Loincloth and STATS (tickets). Dysrhythmia's new LP Test of Submission is out now via Profound Lore (for CD) and Nerve Altar (for vinyl).
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Colin of Krallice at House of Vans, 8/24/2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Bloomberg oddly hasn't called a press conference yet, but in my eyes it is officially "Colin Marston Weekend." As discussed, Saturday night (9/22) will be spent celebrating Dystrhythmia's new LP at Saint Vitus with special guests The Wayward and Praetura (tickets) but tonight is another show for a different Marston project. Krallice headline Acheron tonight (9/21) with Mutant Supremacy and Feast of The Epiphany. Tickets are available at the door.
If you're heading to Acheron, get there early to catch Feast of the Epiphany, a project featuring Nick Podgurski (Extra Life), Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Tony Gedrich (STATS). The band, which dabbles in everything from doom to ambient to gothic post-punk, is preparing to release the new LP, Temperance, via New Firmament on October 20 and have dropped off a new track in the form of "Second Pulse" which is streamable below.
Check out that new track, a stream of the new Dysrhythmia, and more Feast of the Epiphany material below.
Mick Barr with Krallice at House of Vans last Year (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Six-string guitar deity Mick Barr will join Tim Dahl and Kevin Shea for a performance on August 16th at Zebulon. Cellular Chaos and From Bacteria to Boys will join in on the madness for the evening, so prepare for an evening of jaw-dropping instrumental prowess. You have been warned.
The show goes down six days after Mick plays the previously discussed Basilica Music Festival in Hudson NY (on 8/10). There Barr will join names like Liturgy, C. Lavender, Brian Dewan, Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, The Psychic Paramount, Hiro Kone and more over the two day extravaganza. Tickets are still available for you procrastiating folk.
In also-Mick-Barr-news, his celebrated black metal project Krallice have released a stellar new song in "IIIIIIII" from the forthcoming LP Years Past Matter. Stream that below, and preorder a copy of the LP via the band directly. Krallice will celebrate the release of the new LP at Saint Vitus on August 25th with Ancient Wound and new addition Sea of Bones. Tickets are still available.
That song stream and the Krallice cover art are below.
Krallice at House of Vans (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Krallice have announced that their fourth LP, Years Past Matter, will see a self-release on CD/Digital with vinyl via Gilead Media "shortly thereafter". In celebration, the Brooklyn band will play NYC at Saint Vitus on August 25th. Tickets are on sale and support will come from Ancient Wound.
Reminder, Colin Marston of Krallise is readying Dysrhythmia's new LP which is due this fall. The band also has a record release show scheduled for Saint Vitus, this one on September 22nd (tickets). Two-thirds of Dysrhythmia recently played Irving Plaza as 1/2 of Gorguts (pictures).
Liturgy at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
If you've noticed a handful of interesting shows at The Stone happening next week, like the acoustic Vaura show (4/20) or the Amen Dunes and Guardian Alien show (4/17), they're part of Chippy Fest, which goes down at John Zorn's non-profit venue from April 17-22, and was curated by John Zorn's exclusive designer Heung-Heung Chin (aka Chippy)
On April 21, the night after Vaura plays, Toby Driver (who is a member of Vaura and also fronts Kayo Dot/maudlin of the Well) will present the world premiere of his new trio, Ichneumonidae, which includes violinist Timba Harris (of Secret Cheifs 3) and Michelle Morinaga. That same night, Toby also plays as a member of Stern with Chuck Stern, Keith Abrams, and Tim Byrnes.
As mentioned, Kayo Dot, Vaura, and Dysrhythmia share a bill at DBA on 4/28.
Other 'Chippy Fest' shows include Mick Barr (of Krallice), Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy), and Nymph on Wednesday (4/18) and Miho Hatori (with Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer), Timo Ellis, and Unstoppable Death Machines on Thursday (4/19). The Stone's full calendar is here.
Speaking of Mick Barr, his music and William Brittelle's music will be performed by ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble on May 11 at 12 at The Kitchen. ACME players for this concert are Caleb Burhans (violin, banjo, and voice), Clarice Jensen (cello), Eric Lamb (flute), Megan Levin (harp), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Chris Thompson (percussion). Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, he kicks off a residency at Issue Project Room on Saturday (4/14) with Liturgy bandmate Bernhard Gann. The show is free but "sold out". Other dates in the "3-month residency" have not been announced yet but presumably will be soon.
Meanwhile, Hunter's ex-bandmate Greg Fox's Guardian Alien project (who also plays The Stone next week) plays Death by Audio TONIGHT (4/13) with Black Pus (of Lightning Bolt), Mounds, Buck Gooter, and Alien Whale. Guardian Alein will return to DBA on 5/11 with DJ Dog Dick and 2 Ton Bug.
Gorguts at Knitting Factory (more by Greg Cristman)
The Death to All tour got a little more interesting today with the addition of the amazing Gorguts to the lineup. The reactivated death metal crew, which now contains John Longstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, The Red Chord), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura), and Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold.. The Arctopus) in addition to mastermind Luc LeMay, will participate in all dates on the tour including the previously discussed date at Irving Plaza on June 28th. "VIP Tickets" are currently on sale, with general admission hitting on March 30th.
Reminder: I will I DJ the evening on March 31 at Public Assembly when join Vaura (with Kevin Hufnagel) is joined by Alcest and Deafheaven (both of which played our day parties during SXSW). Tickets are still available, but dangerously close to sell-out.
All Gorguts dates and some video below.
DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)
Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.
Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!
Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.
Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.
Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.
One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.
Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.
Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.
Converge announced a tour.
YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.
A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...
Colin Marston with Krallice at Bell House (more by Greg Cristman)
Colin will pack away the six-string and dust-off the Warr guitar as part of a return of Behold... The Arctopus. The band, who have been dormant as of late, will return to play a trio of NYC shows at Death By Audio on February 6th with Seabrook Power Plant and Normal Love, February 16th at Public Assembly with Zevious and Child Abuse, and at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th with Mindless Blasting and Geryon ( tickets).
Colin also serves as a member of Dysrhythmia, who will also play Saint Vitus on March 22nd with Torrential Downpour, Cleric, and Pyrrhon. Tickets are on sale. Dysrhythmia recently signed with Profound Lore and are expecting to release their next LP this summer/fall.
Check out some video of the Behold... The Arctopus below.
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
2011 was a year that I spent delving deep into record bins, in the pit at shows, and searching for the most brutal of the brutal at festivals across the country including Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, Rites of Darkness, SXSW, the A389 Anniversary show, California Discord Fest, and many others. It was also a year when I revisited my hardcore roots, and went further down the rabbit hole with DIY shows and independent records.
2011's choices for best of the year were tougher than I could have imagined, as opposed to my clear cut 2010 choice for favorite album of the year. That said, favorite records are about playability, and these are the LPs that wore out my needle and earned the most plays on my digital device (note: I made sure to remove a record that I was directly involved in because that would clearly be near the top of the list). I hope you enjoyed these records as much as I did in 2011 and if not, please share what you enjoyed below. I already can't wait for 2012.
My favorite records and shows of 2011 are below.
Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.
All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...
Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?
Kuxan Suum at Acheron (more by BBG)
Though previously listed with the same lineup as the show they just played at Acheron, this Friday's 9pm Black Twilight Circle show at The Charleston will feature an almost entirely different lineup with Raspberry Bulbs, Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan, and The Haunting Presence. Black Twilight Circle also visit WFMU that day (10/7).
The show is also one of two upcoming shows for Raspberry Bulbs who will also join Villains, Occultation and Skull at Saint Vitus on 10/18 (tickets).
Speaking of black metal, the.... New Yorker wrote a piece:
The fertile and fractious U.S. scene in the genre known as black metal can be understood through a familiar moment in rock history. In the sixties, British bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones mined American blues, first copying their heroes and then creating something vivid and novel. In the nineties, a range of American acts began drawing from the work of Norwegian metal bands that were famous mostly for a look and for several unpleasant events. The Norwegians were largely faithful to the "corpse paint" costume, in which the face is covered in white makeup, with black circles drawn around the eye sockets. Upside-down-cross pendants and spiked bracelets were common accessories. The tabloid-worthy events centered on a musician named Varg Vikernes, of the one-man band Burzum, who encouraged and participated in the burning of churches. In 1993, while playing bass in a band called Mayhem, he murdered the guitarist, a man known as Euronymous.The article goes on to talk about Wolves In the Throne Room's recent show at The Bell House.
Until recently, it was a legacy that the genre couldn't shake. But now American bands such as Liturgy, Krallice, Absu, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Inquisition have left a fair amount of the pageantry behind--not to mention the violence--and helped to create a community, as well as a musical moment that is rife with activity...
Speaking of Liturgy, The Quietus recently interviewed Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room . They discussed, among other things, Liturgy and its place amongst the "black metal elite": Aaron Weaver says:
"Wolves in the Throne Room has absolutely received the same kind of criticism, because over the years I've said the exact same thing [as Hunter regarding black metal's ability to be positive and optimistic]. That's something that I believe very strongly. I think that maybe the difference is that I've always said that we don't play black metal. I refer to Wolves in the Throne Room as a black metal band just sort of out of convenience. But I've also been really clear over the years that I do think that true black metal, which is a worthwhile and very powerful thing, does need to be negative. It does need to be rooted in the darkest aspects of the human experience - bitterness, negativity, hatred, violence, tribal warfare, mass murder, these sort of things lurk in the human experience, and it's always been there. And true black metal channels that incredibly destructive and insane and violent energy."Read the whole thing HERE.