Last month an Invisible Oranges post titled “Top 10 Weird-Ass Black Metal Albums of the Year” reminded me about French trio Aosoth, who have some overlap in membership with the great Antaeus. I like the heavy low end in their sound, unorthodox in the genre; it gives the queasy, swooping dissonance in the guitars a kind of grotesque majesty. In this song—”V,” from last year’s III—I especially enjoy the way the blastbeat changes metabolism at 4:37 and again at 5:06. And how about that bass fill at 6:58, ladies and gentlemen! It’s not every day you hear clear evidence that somebody actually played bass on a black-metal track.
Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.More by Philip Montoro