While bringing you this week's update which goes against our usual trend, with extreme metal very much in the minority, I ask myself why this happens so rarely. Why does metal's extreme area, the one considering itself as elitist and often cloaked in a fog of mysteriousness, look so fascinating?
I believe that our followers noticed that more than half of the releases we review are linked to black and death metal and you won't be surprised to know that our review represent a good sample of the requests we receive.
Even during those times when a different genre gets its moment in the sun, there is always a bunch of bands and fans that keep playing and wanting extreme sounds. Surely the topic has been covered a lot, some of the most commercailly succesful bands were born in the extreme world and even now they keep its features, lots of beeks have been published about it and internet uncovered the secrets of some of the once mysterious characters. It became common to meet an enthusiast and break the ice with your knowledge of the events of the Nineties in Norway, or talking with them about which Death album is the best. And where did the infamous defenders — the ones faithul only to the purest forms of metal — go? The classic heavy metal sound had a small comeback few years ago with the now missing Benedictum, Devil, Eternal Champion or Slough Feg for example, but listeners of this genre are getting rare under a certain age.
What do you think is the reason of this? Are there any interesting bands outside the extreme world?
Sons Of Alpha Centauri – Continuum [2018: stoner, post-metal]
Hundred Year Old Man – Breaching [2018: post-metal, sludge]
Convocation – Scars Across [2018: death metal, doom metal]