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Okkultokrati alchemize grimy punk and metal into a dark triumph on La Ilden Lyse

Oslo six-piece Okkultokrati cast a net into rock’s grittiest, dankest seas and dredge up an electrifying hybrid sound: they twist influences from heathen black metal and thrash together with hedonistic rock ’n’ roll and furious crust punk. Much of the band’s music seems designed for underground shows, drag races, and various more questionable activities, but […]

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Feminazgûl spins anarchy, feminism, and literature into atmospheric black metal on No Dawn for Men

Margaret Killjoy, the self-described “mistressmind” of North Carolina–based Feminazgûl, announced on March 16 via Facebook that due to the pandemic-slash-shitstorm, her atmospheric black-metal band would release their first full-length, No Dawn for Men, ahead of schedule and make it available for purchase on a pay-what-you-can basis. Killjoy, a trans woman, also writes queer anarchist steampunk […]

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Oranssi Pazuzu voyage beyond black metal to a sound all their own on the new Mestarin Kynsi

When I wrote about these Finnish xenonauts last October, on the occasion of the only stateside tour in their 13-year history, I called their music “wormhole black metal”: “Oranssi Pazuzu plunge you into a tunnel of fatally deformed spacetime, bathe you in a sizzling cocktail of exotic radiation, and spit you out somewhere cold, dark, […]