An Investigative Look Inside Metal’s Most Dangerous Genre

A sinister trend has emerged in metal. You might be already be familiar with it but are unaware of its insidious nature. Oblivious, we laze in a collective torpor of complacency while our beloved genre is subverted right before our eyes.

The world seems to be becoming an increasingly hostile place. Either that, or through the technological advancements of the last century we’ve been given exponentially more access to news of world events and it merely appears more dangerous. Whatever the case, terrible events continue to happen worldwide on a daily basis, with no sign of relent. These horrific events permeate the fabric of society as a whole, and thus eventually manifest themselves through artistic expression. Often at the forefront of these artistic manifestations is the genre we know and love. Metal has never been one to shy away from controversy. Moreover, the genre seems to thrive on it. Whether the topic is of a contemporary nature or some tragedy ancient, metal seems to seek it out. With inquisitive intent it dissects the issue(s), with often starkly polarising results.

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If you asked the average metal fan which sub-genre of their chosen interest was the most intrinsically radical, you would no doubt get a variety of responses. Furthermore, if you applied this question at various intervals along the genre’s 50+ year time span, I’m certain the answers would be even more variegated. A fan in the 90’s would probably respond with black metal, after the church burning and brutal band murders during that period. Whereas, someone in the 80’s may well have proposed that thrash was the aggressor, with its uncompromising stance and often inflammatory political volatility. Although, some more conservative types may have asserted that the violent uprising of the burgeoning death metal scene was the more potent threat to greater society during that time.

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13327494_250054618691791_5460781107098065563_nOne thing I’m sure everyone can agree on in retrospect, is that the most treacherous genre of the 2000’s was obviously metalcore, merely on account of all the objectively terrible bands the style spawned. Like some kind of phantom hybrid strain of two particularly virulent micro-organisms that manages to infect the brain of those who unsuspectingly come into contact, metalcore was able to contaminate the minds of essentially an entire generation of kids in situ. Some of whom were tragically never able to transition back into regular society, their minds remaining trapped in a vortex of teenage angst and siqqq breakdowns.


All joking aside, the issue of ideological averment in music is hardly a new phenomenon. Many bands, particularly in the extremely diverse expanse of beliefs that fall under the umbrella of black metal, adopt a kind of fundamentalist and often confrontational posture. For some, it is akin to a religion. With concerts being promoted as “ceremonies” or “rituals”, and typically utilising more candles than your local cathedral, it’s not hard to see why. Their relatively radical beliefs are firmly held front and center in their lyrics, and proudly presented in their outward deportment. Hell, a band could burn a live goat adorned in a Wehrmacht uniform soaked in the blood of 666 virgins on stage and it probably wouldn’t surprise many of you anymore. As people become desensitised and even accustomed to these sorts of ridiculous acts, the perceived threat level to the public abates correspondingly. Well, here today, I’m going to throw light on the latest insidious trend amongst our beloved genre, and it comes in a most surreptitious form. This new danger is perhaps the most abhorrent of all. Contrary to the overtly repulsive and deliberately disgusting imagery of subgenres such as brutal death metal and pornogrind, my investigation has uncovered a deeper, more furtive threat. This threat isn’t spatially isolated either; it is emerging all across the world. In the clandestine basements of musicians the world over, a new menace grows.

Instrumental music.

Laugh you may, but there is nothing humorous about the impact a resurgence of this style could have on the current generation of listeners. The world is a tumultuous place. Everyone is struggling to have their voice heard, thus it is no surprise that when people find a band that shares their view, they latch on and feel some kind of affiliation within those structural confines. Artists that display their dogmatic school of thought through their lyricism are easy to pin-point. However, the influx of these instrumental bands corrupting our youth has run rampant in recent years. Their pervasive nature has enabled them to infiltrate seemingly every facet of metal. Every sub-genre has been corrupted. Innocuously, the infection is believed to have spread from the adjacent and considerably more benign “rock” music. Like all great viruses, the outbreak has shown great adaptive capability. Having now even spread beyond metal, into the realm of “post-metal,” where it has gained a substantially worrying foot-hold, all but enveloping the form completely.

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So what makes this silent threat so hazardous? Thousands of people simply standing around listening to what ostensibly seems like just music, devoid of a uniform message and therefore free from the intolerance that ideology can foster. What are the people thinking about when they listen to such music? The answer is, whatever they want! Herein lies the danger. Using several psychoanalysts as consult, we were able to elucidate that the chances of a plague of independent free-thought breaking out were substantially higher under the influence of this type of music. With no one to guide and essentially funnel these developing minds into pre-existing tunnels of thought, they are basically free to apply their own meaning to the music. Sometimes, in the most dire of cases, they simply listen to the music and literally apply no doctrine whatsoever.

Previously, people were quick to write off this threat as a symptom of mere malaise; these musicians were simply deemed too lazy to write lyrics or hire a vocalist. Only now have we begun to realise the truth is actually something much more sinister than just a general indifference to the applications of the human voice. The shock that these depraved artists are deliberately allowing their listeners to propagate individual nonpartisan thought hit hard. The repercussions of such a discovery have only just started to ripple through the music scene. However, the host of possible implications this revolution could have on the populace is not lost on the scientific community, and has subsequently set the behavioural psychology cohort ablaze. One such academic, who preferred to remain anonymous (most likely through fear of potential reprisal at the hands of one of these radicalised idealogues), gave us their valued insight. Here is an excerpt from our lengthy and often animated discussion –

“The great worry, not just for us who work in mental health, but the greater public, is that what we might end up experiencing for the first time since the turbulent 1960’s/1970’s is a youth conglomerate who not only feel free to express their own independent views, but actually act upon them also! This threat will make the hippy movement seem like just a bunch of peace-lovers dancing with flowers in their hair. Truly frightening stuff.”

Potent words indeed. Clearly this is no illusory threat. The best way to defend against a danger of this kind, is to greater understand its makeup. As with most investigative journalism, we had to place ourselves at risk in order to ascertain what exactly constitutes this beast of utmost defilement. Navigating the peril, we submitted ourselves to listening to some of this filth. What we found was shocking, both in terms of the appalling themes and how widespread this problem has become in such a short time.

In Europe, we found Shakhtyor from Germany, who have no qualms in claiming responsibility for the devastating Tunguska attack of 1908 that flattened 2000m² of prime Russian forest in seconds, with a blast estimated to be hundreds of time greater than that of Hiroshima.

While remaining somewhat ambiguous in terms of intent, Romania’s Sunset In The 12th House are clearly associated with some kind of pro/anti Arabic message. And we all know no matter how equivocal things may seem, mentions of the Middle East can only equate to trouble!

Over in the USA, we have bands such as Tempel, who may have presented an innocent faҫade when I interviewed them last year, but I’m now almost certain if you delve deeper into their music, a corrupting force as dark and mysterious as pure onyx would arise. Their name alone seems to bear all the hallmarks of an occult religion, and on closer inspection the artwork decorating their album The Moon Lit Our Path’s cover clearly depicts a path heading to the left. That should be evidence enough to tie them to this sinister movement.

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Exhibit 666: The left hand path in question.

Perhaps one of the most established of these noxious instrumental acts is genre stalwart Russian Circles. This particular band of heinous individuals are almost certainly tied in with the KGB’s attempt to indoctrinate the American youth in the post-Cold War climate of peace. With albums such as Enter, StationMemorial, and possibly the most glaringly obvious statement of aggression, 2009’s Geneva (“Convention,” anyone?), this band is just straight-up flaunting their underworld ties. With the announcement of their upcoming release, the ominously titled Guidance, how do our youth stand a chance?

This pernicious evil has even made landfall across the Pacific, where in Australia, bands such as Dumbsaint (a clear and unapologetically anti-Christian name), and the undisguised hatred of filth-peddlers Instrumental (adj.), show that there are simply no geographical nor socio-political boundaries for this hideous villainy. Another noteworthy movement down here in Australia is that of the eco-terrorists. Similar to their northern hemisphere counterparts, Animals As Leaders and Pomegranate Tiger, Sydney’s Serious Beak must be putting forth their totalitarian green agenda to the multi-national corporations, with one supposed goal: to wipe out whatever they deem to be environmentally irresponsible, something they’ll undoubtedly stop at nothing to achieve.

The deeper we looked, the further we peeled back the veil, the more shrouded things became. We entered an even more sordid realm of instrumental music’s underbelly. Acts such as Sequestered Keep and Disemballerina, who have slightly more obscure intentions, preferring to attempt to lure listeners to join what is surely some kind of abstruse neo-medieval cult of regressive luddites. These people are fucking sick! Had it not been for fear of our own safety, we would have been able to disclose more of these perpetrators to try and keep the youth safe, but alas, the risk was too great. Throughout this investigation, even I myself felt compelled to indulge the inherently immoral process of thinking for myself. I was that close to becoming one of them, never to return. Heed this warning. Recognise the signs. Together we can fight this evil.


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  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    Ha. I liked dangerous newfangled instrumental metal before it was cool.

    https://youtu.be/nDtZnQAjSRA

    • BobLoblaw

      They are still kicking out the jamz.

  • I used to really like a lot of instrumental music. Then somewhere along the line I started to get irked by the void left in the absence of vocals. Now I’m almost immediately turned off when I see that something is instrumental.

    • Joaquin Stick

      I am with you on that. I’ll still hear a great band every once and awhile and save it to my library, but very rarely feel compelled to play it again. I used to play that stuff all the time, but maybe it’s because I no longer need homework music.

      • Yea I think it bugs me especially now when bands are beginning to realize how much vocals can add to a song as opposed to just generic death growls through the whole song. Cattle decap being a prime example of that.

  • Sm ramgator

    this article is well written. loved the usage of in situ

    • Welcome to the Toilet!

      GL

    • CyberneticOrganism

      WELCOME

  • JWEG

    We seem to be isolated or insulated from the threat, somehow (maybe it can’t swim?). I can only think of one more or less local instrumental band, and it’s very possible they split up several years ago, judging by the 5-year-old “album preview” on their bandcamp.

    Here’s the last complete one:
    https://northernbc.bandcamp.com/album/northern-ep

  • Howard Dean

    Instrumental music?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXtfNWlpx8Q

    (P.S. THAT RIFF @ 3:51 HAIL STAAN)

    • Howard Dean

      On topic: Aside from a few stalwarts like Bongripper, I’m really not that a fan of instrumental metal.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        How about Donggripper?

        • Donggripper = many, many pulls

          • Dubbbz

            What does a dong griper do? Complain about girth?

          • /ninjaeditfail

            >:(

          • Dubbbz

            I’m sure my uppance will come, but it never hurts to screencap for insurance.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            “What is the DEAL with these dongs?! I mean, am I right or what?!”

            – a dong griper

          • Maybe it’s a dongg riper, it ripens the dongg.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            As many pulls as you can stand in a day

        • Howard Dean

          [unzips pants]

          • CyberneticOrganism

            *descending slide whistle*

          • *sad trumpet sound*

      • tigeraid

        Nor am I. But I’m one of those really weird metal fans who truly appreciates vocal skill and lyricism, while caring slightly less about guitar playing (as long as I still get siqq riffs.)

    • When I saw these guys live, they didn’t stop playing for 45 minutes straight. It was just one continuous doomageddon. Some guy passed me a joint rolled with pages from the bible too. It was quite the experience. Also, they have some of the best album artwork ever.

      http://oi58.tinypic.com/23hq1k2.jpg

      • Howard Dean

        It would be gnarly to see these guys doom out for 45 minutes straight. Pummeled to death with doom riffs. Byah!

        Agreed. Their album artwork is usually phenomenal. Hippie Killer is kind of an outlier, but the album still slays. “Reefer Sutherland” was the track that turned me on to Bongripper.

        https://i.ytimg.com/vi/D9FtPXxwS3w/hqdefault.jpg

        • Those earlier releases are some of their best in my opinion. Hippie Killer is probably my favorite though. Think I might play that after I finish up the new Ritual Chamber album here.

      • sweetooth0

        they kicked ass at the last MDF and I bought the CD Howard posted and the vinyl of Miserable. Twas good times.

    • Heliocrat

      Fantastic album.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    This is the best kind of article.

  • ME GORAK!!!™
  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    avenged sevenfold is the first band in like 20 years that actually knows how to play there instruments there the most popular rock band since marilyn manson

    -My Name Is Legion, 2 years ago, in reply to church074

    • M Shadows!

      Avenged sevenfold sucks, don’t listen to us you big loser. Just wait till be drop our new post cyber rock grind gaze album. We’re still in the process of finding riffs to steal though.

      • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

        I heard m shadows sleeps with a night light, not because hes afraid of the dark, but because the dark is affraid of m shadows.

        -Justin Popp, 1 year ago

        • M Shadows!

          I am m shadows, first of his name, destroyer of light, recycler of riffs, predator of dark, bringer of dank, and keeper of the aviators. You sit at your keyboard in the presence of a legend. HE WHO MAKES A BEAST OUt OF HIMSELF GETS RID OF THE PAIN OF BEING A MAN.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    but . . . but . . . blakk metal ist krieg, rite?

  • RJA

    I still listen to some instrumental music but not nearly as much as I did during the post-rock explosion of late 90’s – early 00’s. It can still transcend something simple and become something impressive – saw Mogwai again a couple years ago and it was as good a show as any you could see.

    • Did you ever get into Pelican? That was my go-to music for studying in college.

      • Dubbbz

        Pelican always reminds me of Corpus Christi and playing Mario Kart in lieu of studying for finals.

      • RJA

        I never did. Not sure why.
        edit: Never got into the metal related post-rock. Was more Mogwai, Godspeed, Explosions, etc.

    • Joaquin Stick

      I love seeing really any instrumental stuff live, even if I don’t really listen to it all that much. Especially if it’s a local opening band, it’s easily accessible and good beer drinking music. Gets the ear drums nice and prepped.

  • Joaquin Stick

    I’m pretty sure seeing metalcore fashion out in public is my #1 leading cause of eye rolling.

  • Ayreonaut

    My girlfriend thinks that all metal is metal core and does not understand the difference between what I listen to and what happens at a vans warped tour…
    It is absolutely infuriating and futile to argue with her.

    • Joaquin Stick

      We’ve all had discussions with those people, I’m sure.

      • Ayreonaut

        Generally it’s not hard to get someone to understand the difference, but she is a very stubborn person in how she perceives the world. If it’s not the grateful dead she doesn’t understand it.

        • BobLoblaw

          You should infrequently ask her how old Jerry Garcia is now.

          • Ayreonaut

            Strangely enough, I think she is more affected by Brent mydland (their final keyboardist) death than jerrys.

          • Is she gonna drag you to John Mayer’s Grateful Dead cover band if they come through town?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            isnt Mayer in The Dead?

          • yes

          • Ayreonaut

            Storytime, she won two free tickets to a dead and Co. concert and brought me with her to see it. People had signs and shirts that said “gayer for mayer”, and he wore some ridiculous full plaid outfit. He actually wasn’t too bad and it was an ok show, but it was far too long and there wasn’t a lot of energy in the crowd and I can see why, I felt stoned after I left even though I was sober. She’s been following them on tour volunteering at shows while I get to stay at home in peace.
            I’m stoked for Holy grail and exmortus this weekend.

          • BobLoblaw

            “Who?”
            See stuff like that is what you need to be doing.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            at least you dont have to constantly hear Pigpen arguments

      • One of our fellow toileteers shared this on FB and it’s so true…(RFI, sorry Joe)

    • Howard Dean

      This is why you don’t ever talk about metal with your significant other (or with anyone else, for that matter). They will never get it, and you will end up sounding like that kid in grade school who was really into dinosaurs and would fly off the handle if anyone ever said their favorite dinosaur was a “brontosaurus.”

      • BobLoblaw

        Or they may be exposed to a whole new world of music that was what they were looking for without knowing it.

        • Joaquin Stick

          ah, the old “metal fan’s greatest dream that will never come true” idea.

          • Howard Dean

            Dude: [cranks stereo] “And this is my favorite Goatpenis album.”

            Legit Normal Attractive Female: “Oh wow, this is amazing. Like, better than the White Album or 21. Oh my god. Why haven’t I heard this before?! THANK YOU!”

            Dude: [smiles, winks] “No problem. Glad I could expose you to some real metal.”

            Legit Normal Attractive Female: “OMG Please let me fellate you while we listen to ‘Lethal Binary Chemical Munitions’!!”

          • BobLoblaw

            My partner went from listening to five finger death punch and radio metal to Dark Funeral and Fleshgod Apocalypse being her favorite bands. Your dreams are my reality.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Dark Funeral >>>>>>>

          • Abradolf Lincler

            always be cybroing

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Always Be Borgin’

          • BobLoblaw

            I think she would agree with you.

          • Dubbbz

            At least there was a basis there to start with. Many a metalhead has made that very same passage.

          • BobLoblaw

            Fair enough, though i think the biggest factor is exposure. Unless you’re looking for it or are introduced it would be hard to stumble across Abigor for instance. I will add her listening habits have changed from passively listening to the radio to buying spotify and adding various bands that come on while Im driving.

        • Dubbbz

          Getting someone into metal who tends to be averse to extreme music seems, to me anyway, to be as much luck as anything else. Agalloch on a cold winter night while looking at Christmas lights may work, but Panopticon on a hazy autumn day may not.

          • Dismembered while touring a funeral home?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            is there a correlation to harsh vocals

          • Dubbbz

            For me, there has been. Although, again, Agalloch has lots of screamy and that seemed to work, so who knows.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            they do have plenty of cleans tho. . .

            panopticon has a banjo on occasion.

            people are sucky

          • Dubbbz

            Eh, I’m not really into most of what my wife likes, musically speaking, so it’s not something I really feel she needs to meet me on. We have a little overlap, and that’s enough.

          • Joaquin Stick

            My overlap with my Fiancee consists basically of The Dear Hunter, and now more recently, Bird Mask, which is exciting.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            im lucky enough that my old lady listens to a fair amount of extreme metal. shell only go in the other room if its way out there

          • BobLoblaw

            Agreed. Thats an easy set of dice to roll though so why not get to clackata clacking.

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            I usually get into a discussion about the range of the human experience and how there is ground covered and expressed by aggressive music that simply can’t be covered elsewhere. Tends to work a bit at least.

          • Dubbbz

            I don’t think that’s a bad bet, but I think we as metalheads have to at least understand that some folks just have no interest in exploring that emotional range/human experience in music.

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            Yeah definitely. As someone who places pretty transcendent importance on art in relation to existence, that’s a hard one for me to turn off, not even with just metal, pretty much anything art related.

        • Hans Müller
      • Haha, you are smart for not wearing band shirts too. So many people try to strike up conversations with you if they see that you are wearing a scary metal shirt. *Wears Revenge shirt* Person at Wal-Mart says “Is that a metal band? I’ll have to check them out. Do you like FFDP?”. *ULTIMATE FACE PALM*.

        • > Goes to local Panera for lunch
          > late 30s dude at register asks me about my shirt
          > tell him it’s a band
          > “I’ve never heard of them, and I know A LOT of bands…”

          • CyberneticOrganism

            “What a shame about Aerosmith breaking up, huh? You seem like you’re into heavy rock so that must have hit you pretty hard.”

          • Sy-Klone

            Panera? You’re only missing a “t” from gettin yourself a pull!

        • Ayreonaut

          WOW OVERKILL HUH U MUST LIKE METALLLLL MAN HUHUH HAVE U HEARD THAT NEW SLIPKNOT TRACK THAT SHIT IS FUCKIN HEAVY MAN RIGHT?
          actual conversation

        • CyberneticOrganism

          “My nephew is really into Chevelle. Do you know them?”

      • Ayreonaut

        Man,
        You are so right

      • Dubbbz

        “Hey honey, what are you listening to?”
        “Piss Vortex.”
        “Oh.”
        Dead silence.

        • Howard Dean

          “Hey honey, what are you listening to?”
          “Erotic Diarrhea Fantasy by Torsofuck”
          [silence]
          [sound of divorce papers being signed]

      • So what you’re really saying is…

        U wil nvr b 1 ov us >:(

          • Waynecro

            I’m seeing Nails tonight. SO PUMPED!!!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Concert review on the way?

          • Waynecro

            I hadn’t considered writing a review. I’m concerned that if I try to take notes at the show (because I’m too old and tired to remember everything about an event that occurs after my bedtime on a work night), some tough guy will break my pencil and try to shove me in a locker.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Just, like… feel the concert man, and the rest will come naturally.

            *vapes*

          • Waynecro

            I predict that the show will be a rager and that I will be happy to get home and go to bed afterward if I survive. I’m glad my company moved weekly meetings from Thursday to Tuesday, because I won’t be able to hear or speak tomorrow afternoon.

      • JWEG
      • Ayreonaut

        I tried cattle with her.. We are actually both vegetarians, me cause of health reason and her because she is crazy about animal rights. So I figured that one might work as far as concept goes… Nope. Doesn’t get it at all, not even one tiny little bit

        • If there’s one thing I’ve learned when it comes to getting people into metal it’s that it has to be their idea. You kind of just have to plant the seed but the actual decision to listen has to be theirs. That and you have to start them out with bands that mix clean and harsh vocals so that they have something to sing along to/look forward to while they still aren’t used to the death vox.

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      I feel ya. I was describing the Beyond Creation show I caught to a coworker and she said she went to a battle of the bands in high school once that had a lot of screamo “metal” bands

    • tigeraid

      It is a mind-numbing vortex with my olelady. It begins with “but I don’t understand what they’re saying” … So I put something with clear, epic vocals like Iron Maiden on, where you can get every word, at which point it switches to some weird argument about how “the words are just shouted, except the long screams, he’s not really singing, like Adele or Taylor Swift would sing…” (urge to kill rising….) Then I put something on with traditional sing-song vocals like Dio, newer Opeth or even rock-ish stuff like Kobra and the Lotus, at which point she proclaims “I don’t listen to music for the words anyway.” 😐

  • I can handle instrumentals for a track, but not an entire album. I will lead the resistance before vocalists become obsolete and we’re all stuck humming riffs.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I’m not a big fan of instrumental bands in general, but I don’t like instrumental music.
    It seems that instrumental bands generally have a different way of composing than ones with vocalists, and there’s an attempt to either make up for the lack of vocals, or weedle-deedle-wank, neither of which resonate with me.
    I can only dig a few bands that play instrumentally, Toundra, God Is An Astronaut (well, a few songs anyways), Bongripper… a few others that don’t spring into mind right now.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      Toundra does excel here. Just like Tempel, as mentioned

      • Abradolf Lincler

        lets also not forget the mighty Russian Circles

        • RJA

          word on the street is the new Russian Circles is pretty alright. interested in hearing it.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            my buddy said it was tight. not surprised

    • Joaquin Stick

      Some of those early GIAA albums were so damn good. Haven’t checked in on them in at least 4 years. I should do that.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Oh yas, HD reminded me Aluk Todolo, I fuk hard with their latest album.

  • Instrumental music is cool and all, but, an artist really has to have leading “voice” in a song to really pull it off. A bunch of chugs throughout a song would never get off the ground. Pulling off that “voice” is a tricky one. These dues do it well.

    GL

    Also, you can refrain from any guitar wankery jokes not being considered “voice” like, ya dicks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U48C6FZuzgk

    • Abradolf Lincler

      IN B4 TAPIR

    • I liked this when it came out. Listened for a few weeks and now if it comes on shuffle I just instantly skip it.

  • Waynecro

    I really like a lot of instrumental bands. I know that I’m a threat to myself and others, but I didn’t think it had anything to do with the instrumental music I listen to. Spooky.

  • Eliza

    I like to listen to instrumental music when I’m writing something or just having some deep thoughts. Nevertheless, I enjoy it a lot.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Deep thoughts!?! Oh no… the corruption has already begun…

      • Eliza

        Don’t worry about that, I’ve always had “deep” thoughts. I have to occupy my staying alone time with something.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      deep thoughts <<<<<<<<<<
      #staybased

  • Jamming Sunset in the 12th House right now while working and this is p jammy.

  • Hans Müller

    Thank you for alerting us to this impending threat.

    I too waved this trend off as a mere folly after hearing Animals as Leaders and Blotted Science. Alas, along came those horrible Russian Circles and the even more insidious Year of No Light, who posed as a standard Black Metal outfit on their debut before revealing their true agenda, and suddenly this didn’t seem quite so harmless anymore.

    Not long after this, a Bongripper record somehow made its way into my collection. It was too late now. I found myself letting my mind… roam. This abhorrent tendency was further fostered by Giant Brain, who continued – mockingly, as I am now sure – to remind me that this was by no means a new phenomenon, which in turn plunged me into exploring various instrumental Krautrock. This culminated in my latest discovery, Aluk Todolo, which left me with severe difficulties in restraining my thoughts to narrow lanes. I barely escaped their evil clutches, but am since on the (not at all left-hand) path of recovery. Let this be a warning and tread carefully.

    https://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/plume
    https://aluktodolo.bandcamp.com/

    • Howard Dean

      Aluk Todolo is choice stuff. Their new album is solid as fuck. My favorite work of theirs is definitely Occult Rock, though. Great background or “taking a walk” music.

  • Dubbbz

    If it has Colin Marston wanking on it, I’ll definitely check it out.

    https://indricothere.bandcamp.com/album/iii

    • Whoa!

    • RJA

      He’s current day Dan Swano for me – used to check out everything Swano touched now I check out everything Marston touches.

      • Dubbbz

        Saaaaame.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    One of my favorite instrumental albums ever. The first track sounds like it belongs in No Country For Old Men.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEiRKpflgQA

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I love this album!

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    I like the fact ntrumentals

  • People should proceed straight from the Infamous Article That Shall Not Be Named to this one. They compliment one another nicely. FREE YOUR MINDS, JERKS.

  • Stockhausen

    A pox on this music! A pox, I say!

  • RJA

    pertinent to article! free download.
    MOGWAI – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (what a title!)
    http://www.subpop.com/download_code r254jyy9unb7

  • great article Lizardm8! i guess the only thing i can say in response is how much would bands like Foreigner or Boston ROCK if they didn’t have a vocalist? we do not know the answer. i bet JJD does.