I fucking love Deafheaven. I remember when Sunbather came out it blew my mind and the minds of several friends and acquaintances. There were a few members of my local metal community, though, that resented it’s popularity and it’s inclusion into the black metal soundscape. I can recall many a Facebook post casting them off as nothing but “hipster garbage”. I see people to this day still saying Deafheaven and bands like them should not be anywhere near black metal. They find the genre, ironically, sacred. Since Sunbather’s release many other bands have emerged from the woodwork sporting the moniker of “Untrue Black Metal”. I am here today to talk to you all about how I believe these bands are among the coolest things to happen to the black metal genre in a very long time.
Hey everyone, my name is Ian, or Nihil as you will see me here, and I am a new writer on the glorious site. I just wanted to give and introduction of myself so you guys can get a feel of what kind of content you will get from my side of the keyboard. I want to talk a bit about myself and then I will give a preview of what kinds of topic I will be writing about here on HBoGTFO.
Something almost as important as the music itself is the artwork that portrays the music that awaits under the cellophane wrapper. It’s the thing everyone will notice first when they walk into the store. It will draw you in while scrolling on a web page and it’s usually the first “teaser” released from a band or label when they have new music on the way. The artwork is important! I’ve looked at so much art this year that I wanted to keep in mind the ones I thought were just wonderful to look at and share with you all. Marvel at this top 16 (In no particular order) and I hope you like them as much as I do.
Rob Wharton is one of the guitar wizards over at Cognitive, a death metal band from New Jersey, and when he isn’t providing tunes for you to headbang to, he is listen to tunes to headbang to. Cognitive’s sound is definitely brutal, with heavy rhythmic pounding and technically profound sections that keep things interesting. Their album will definitely be on this websites end of the year list for sure. Since he plays extreme music, you can expect a lot of extreme music on here. Without further ado, here are Rob’s top 10 albums of 2014:
Cumming or Drumming is a game where you just get to look at the person’s face and determine if they are in fact having sex and cumming or playing the drums. There are two versions of the game: NSFW and “safe” so be prepared to see lot’s of banging if you play the NSFW version. The internet is amazing sometimes. Can you score a 10/10?
Give it a shot: http://www.cummingordrumming.com/
Fast-rising technical death metal force ARCHSPIRE have released new footage of drummer Spencer Prewett playing live at this year’s Housecore Horror Fest. Footage of Prewett playing the track “Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain” is streaming at SickDrummer.com. “Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain” is taken from the band’s recently-released album ‘The Lucid Collective’, which is streaming here.
This week I will start compiling a massive list of media for you all to consume on Saturday’s. I run this website as a hobby so I am not always keeping up with content during the week like the other websites but I still want to maintain some credibility when it comes to sharing the best of the best from the underground as well as some of the newer stuff from the more established bands. This week we have black metal updates, music videos and more! Sit back, grab a coffee and listen.
The mighty mid-Western blackened death band known as Tyranny Enthroned have returned with a new album as well as a new music video for the song “Interpreter of Dreams”. The song can be found on the newly released album called “Our Great Undoing” which can be found on Blast Head Records!
Wayne will always be remembered by his riffs, his style, his scream that could not be easily imitated and of course his signature hair. Wayne Static (Wayne Richard Wells) was 48 years old and passed away in his sleep yesterday. While there is speculation on his death, all I know is I mourn the death and celebrate the life of Wayne Static. His music rejuvenated me when I was a teenager, pushed me towards more music with heavy rhythmic power and forceful energy. I am deeply saddened by this taking place. Rest in peace Wayne.
Psycroptic comes from the tiny Australian island known as Tazmania and in the past 15 years they’ve gone from that small island to a worldwide domination and have become a face melting phenomenon in the mean time. They may not be your favorite death metal band but you definitely have heard of them before or recognize the name. The band is gearing up for a new release and in the process of readying the album for mass consumption, they will be releasing a single this week that I think death metal and tech death fans will enjoy. If you have never heard of them before, open your ears and prepare for an exciting endeavor of whimsical audio asskickery.